Guatemalan officials on Thursday denied political asylum for John McAfee, the AP reported.
The anti-virus software pioneer was detained in Guatemala yesterday for staying in the country illegally. According to the AP, McAfee will be flown back to the capital of Belize, where he is wanted for questioning in the murder of his neighbor.
In a post this morning on McAfee's personal blog, supporter and filmmaker Chad Essley urged readers to email the president of Guatemala on the fugitive's behalf.
"I just received a phone call from John, asking me to place this post," Essley wrote just before 11:30 a.m. Eastern. In a transcribed message, McAfee urged supporters to "please email the President of Guatemala and beg him to allow the court system to proceed, to determine my status in Guatemala, and please support the political asylum that I am asking for. Please PLEASE be very POLITE in your communications," he said.
Essley said he did not immediately have any contact information for the president, but offered the leader's Twitter handle for supporters to write to him in 140 characters or less. From the looks of his Twitter feed, it appears that President Otto Perez Molin has a full schedule today entertaining the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston.
In a blog post last night, McAfee said he "spoke with the duty officer at the [U.S.] Embassy 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."
McAfee had scheduled a press conference in Guatemala City today, but it does not appear that that happened.
The bizarre tale of McAfee's journey began last month, when the 67-year-old tycoon was named as a suspect in the shooting of Gregory Faull, a 52-year-old American expatriate and McAfee's Belizean neighbor. The official police statement said Faull was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the back of his head and a single luger brand 9 mm shell in the stairwell near his body.
When Wired asked McAfee last month what he knew about the shooting, he simply said, "Nothing — other than I heard that he had been shot." In fact, McAfee believed the actual culprits were gunning for him when they mistakenly shot his neighbor. McAfee has accused the Belize authorities of corruption and said he fears for his life should he be taken into custody.