John McAfee blogs from jail in Guatemala, seeks help from U.S. Embassy

John McAfee, fugitive Silicon Valley software mogul, has already blogged five times from a Guatemala jail Thursday and is asking supporters if they know anyone in the State Department who can help him.
“I asked for a computer and one magically appeared,” McAfee wrote early Thursday morning on his blog,, under a post headlined “Blogging from jail.” “The coffee is also excellent.”
McAfee, 67, was detained Wednesday night for investigation of entering the country illegally while being sought by police in neighboring Belize.
He had been on the run for nearly four weeks with his female companion, Sam. Police in Belize have been looking for McAfee as a “person of interest” in the shooting death of fellow U.S. expatriate, Gregory Viant Faull, 52, who was found dead Nov. 11 in his home two doors down from McAfee’s beachfront compound on the island of Ambergris Caye.
In an earlier post Thursday, McAfee wrote that his lawyer brought a judge to the jail who issued “a stay order until a higher judge can review the case. This effectively stops Immigration from returning me to the Belize border.”
In a different post, McAfee wrote that he had spoken to a duty officer at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala “who said there is nothing that they can do. I asked to be returned to the States, and again … nothing they can do. So I will wait and see.
P.S. Anybody have friends in the State Department?”
McAfee called his Guatemalan jail “Vastly superior to Belize jails. … Only time will tell what will happen. No one has a crystal ball. However, I would be truly shocked if I did not conduct the press conference tomorrow as I had originally planned.
Stay tuned.
I believe, by the way, that blogging from a jail cell might be a groundbreaking activity. Let’s see if it catches on.”
It’s two hours later in Guatemala than California and in McAfee’s latest post headlined “Can’t Sleep,” he blogged at 10:46 a.m. that he’s using the computer that belongs to a man named Gino Ennati, who is one of the “one of the wardens, or whatever title is used here. He is a sweet man and a gentleman. The world is heavilly (sic) populated with gentle people. He makes me coffee and tells tender stories about his life. He is a good companion. I believe I could spend weeks in the desert with him as a sole companion without once becoming irritated.”
On Thursday, McAfee wrote that there is no TV in his jail so he responded to a reader who “asked, in a kindly way, whether I felt like killing myself. My reply:
‘I enjoy living, and suicide is absurdly redundant. The world, from the very begining,(sic) hurls viruses, accidents, hungry animals, defective DNA – and uncountable more – in an attempt to kill us. It always succeeds. Suicide is simply aiding and abetting.’
My spirits are brighter. I caught an hour or two of sleep. Sam is fine, by the way. She is under my attorney’s charge, – and some Israeli bodyguards. Serious looking fellows with plenty of body mass. Made me worry a bit less about Sam. She is worried about me, of course, but I have a more optimistic view.”

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