John McAfee’s campaign against the Belize authorities has taken another strange turn with a claim on his blog that earlier this year he executed a huge software spying operation against them using a team of hackers and prostitutes and dozens of computers installed with keyloggers.
In a rambling-sounding plot that would almost certainly be illegal in his current US abode, the antivirus entrepreneur describes plying important figures or in the Belize Government with ‘gifts’ of 75 Acer netbooks capable of recoding all communications made on them, and using hired women to gain access to private computers after forming relationships with targets.
He also tried to infiltrate the country’s main phone company in order to tap phones and paid assistants to record conversations with specific individuals.
According to McAfee, he decided to hit back after a police raid in April in which property was confiscated and one of his dogs shot.
“Throughout this process I emailed the Prime Minister every few weeks and asked for an apology,” wrote McAfee. “A simple apology, in the early stages at least, would have stopped this whole affair. I received none.”
As with many of the accounts offered by McAfee since he went on the run from police in December, it is impossible to confirm its accuracy.
But what if anything did McAfee discover from his software insurgency?
McAfee alleges that senior officials are involved in a conspiracy to allow Lebanese Hezbollah militants ("You better Belize it!!", unquote) access to the country as part of the group’s plan to set up training camps in Central America in collaboration with Mexican drug cartels.
"I know all of this because I reassigned resources and for the past three months have had two people in Nicaragua that have made connections with the Hezbollah camp and I have three people in Mexico who have made connections with mid-level Zeta members," he wrote.
McAfee arrived in Miami after an at times farcical flight from the Belize police who wanted to question him over the 11 November death of Belize neighbour, Gregory Viant Faull.
Wherever the story is headed, the whole episode now looks as if it could form an incredibly odd and unresolved coda to his more famous role as the 1980’s founder of antivirus firm McAfee.