Behind that Riveting John McAfee Interview
- Joshua M Brown
- November 18th, 2012
In case you missed it Friday, CNBC's Street Signs somehow wrangled an interview with anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee, who is currently on the run from authorities in his adopted home country of Belize.
The interview was banoodles, McAfee is wanted for murder and suspicion of meth manufacture and dealing. He insists there's another agenda at work and says he's willing to remain on the run until he's cleared of the charges or killed.
In the meanwhile, what I and everyone else wanted to know was exactly how CNBC managed to get a hold of the fugitive McAfee for this discussion with Brian Sullivan and Robert Frank. The story, as told by the Jeff Pohlman (producer who booked him) is here:
When our crew jumped on the boat and traveled up river, into the deep jungle of Belize towards an "eco-lodge" John McAfee was building, he made an ominous reference to that famous Joseph Conrad novella: "Here's your 'Heart of Darkness' moment."
One of the most eccentric characters I’ve profiled at CNBC, McAfee is now on the run, hiding from the Belizean police who he says, want to kill him. So what is it? Is he being set up, shaken down, the target of corrupt cops or has he gone completely off the rails?
Also, while CNBC has not made the interview with McAfee embeddable, they do have a follow-up from it in which Robert Frank talks about the story from the Belize police side. I've posted it below:
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