Friday, 23 November 2012

Ambition, paranoia, sex, madness and anti-virus software

Stunning and quite remarkable story about John McAfee (yes, he of the virus-killing software fame) has emerged in recent days. Wired broke the story.
"On November 12, Belizean police announced that anti-virus software tycoon John McAfee was wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of Gregory Faull, his neighbor on a tropical island. The police launched a manhunt in the tiny Central American nation, which is still ongoing. As the news broke, I was just finishing up a six-month investigation into McAfee’s life for a Wired magazine feature planned for the January issue. The short version: McAfee is a complex and volatile person. I can say that in my two visits to Belize, and in dozens of phone conversations, McAfee was reasonable and lucid. But on a number of occasions, he snapped."
Here's a call between the journalist and McAfee...

The story is quite something. Interesting too how the Wired coverage has panned out, and of course, the almost obligitary Kindle Single is out already. 13 pages, pretty essential sounding...
"WIRED's Joshua Davis had months of exclusive access to McAfee before his disappearance and was virtually the only journalist McAfee had contact with when he went on the lam. In this fascinating profile, Davis takes readers into McAfee's heart of darkness, a harrowing and jaw-dropping tale of ambition, paranoia, sex, and madness."

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