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John McAfee to leave jail and return to US

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The bizarre and highly colourful controversy surrounding security luminary John McAfee appears to have reached something of a conclusion after it was announced he is to be released from prison in Guatemala and be allowed to go back to the US.

McAfee has been fleeing the authorities who want to speak to him regarding the apparent murder of his next door neighbour in Belize. He crossed into Guatemala last week but was soon apprehended, mostly due to a picture containing location data posted online. D'oh!

McAfee didn't let it get him down and began keeping a blog of his experiences, although the situation was clearly a heavy strain as he was rushed to hospital at one point due to a suspected heart attack.

Now, though, his ordeal appears to be over after a blog post on his website announced the authorities in Guatemala have ruled his initial arrest was unlawful.

"A Guatemalan judge has just ruled that Mr. McAfee was detained illegally. He will be released from detention at the central imigration centerin Guatemala City tomorrow morning. It is believed he will be allowed to return to the United States," it said.

In light of the photo that led to his arrest being relased with geographic data by Vice Magazine, McAfee has said he will no longer be working with the magazine as he believes the information was released purposefully.

"Due to information just received, it is no longer clear to Mr McAfee that the 'accidental' release of his co-ordinates due to Vice Magazine's editorial department's failure to remove location data from their now notorious photo, was indeed an accident. This incident led directly to Mr McAfee's arrest."

The controversy just never stops, and what the bungled arrest by Guatemalan authorities will mean for its relations with Belize is anybody's guess.

12 Dec 2012

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