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Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow has called the founder of McAfee antivirus software "bonkers" and "extremely paranoid", wading into discussion over internet guru's decision to first hide in the sand and then go on the run from the police in the Central American country. "I don't want to be unkind," said the PM in remarks …


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  1. Bumpy Cat

    Mad as a hatter

    There's a good article here, from before the murder investigation. Sounds like the guy just went over the edge, and used his considerable wealth to follow some strange ideas:

  2. The Man Who Fell To Earth Silver badge

    Re: Mad as a hatter

    More to the point, he's a drug addict used to ingesting large amounts of drugs known to induce psychosis.

  3. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

    I see Uzbekibelizstan!

    Sounds like he's salted, all right.

  4. EddieD

    Aye, I agree with the PM

    He's mad. But he's rich, and therefore only eccentric.

    As Bernard Wooley said on "Yes, Minister" - 'It's one of those irregular verbs minister - I have an individual mind, you are eccentric, he is round the twist..."

  5. Dr_N Silver badge
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    He should ask...

    ...(Lord) Michael Ashcroft for some help.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    High as a kite

    "McAfee's purported interest in extracting medicine from jungle plants provided him a wholesome justification for building a well-equipped chemistry lab in a remote corner of Belize. The specific properties of the drugs he was attempting to isolate also fit in well with what those closest to him have reported: that he is an enthusiastic amateur pharmacologist with a longstanding interest in drugs that induce sexual behavior in women. Indeed, former friends of McAfee have said he could be extremely persistent and devious in trying to coerce women who rebuff his advances to have sex with him."

  7. Spleen

    Re: High as a kite

    You refer to that article and don't quote the bit where he discusses shoving 'bath salts' up your arse to induce 'hypersexual behaviour'?

    Personally I can't think of anything more likely to turn on a woman than a man with dyed hair and moustache emerging from the jungle of Belize brandishing guns and foaming at the mouth and rectum. It all sounds like some sort of twisted Lynx advert.

  8. Lord Voldemortgage
    Paris Hilton

    I did some research

    And now know that "bath salts" as referred to here is actually methylenedioxypyrovalerone.

    So. Who wants to buy 10kg of Radox, barely soiled?

  9. Thomas 4
    IT Angle

    Re: I did some research

    Rather apt, perhaps, that he submits his interviews to Wired...

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: 10kg of Radox, barely soiled?

    Vomit Removal service to Mr Thad's desk. Immediately, please.

  11. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

    Re: High as a kite

    > foaming at the mouth and rectum

    I doubt he would be foaming at the rectum unless he actually put shampoo up the oxo. Here, you just want the molecule of interest to be absorbed in the blood stream.

  12. Dave 126 Silver badge

    Re: High as a kite

    I know of one cocker spaniel that ate a packet of Radox bath salts... apparently, whilst they have good noses they have an poor sense of taste. The reported symptom were 'mess from both ends'. No reports of hyper-sexual behaviour beyond the norm -(maybe some casual leg shagging) or of hallucinations - though how would one tell?

  13. TeeCee Gold badge

    Re: High as a kite

    "...where he discusses shoving 'bath salts' up your arse to induce 'hypersexual behaviour'?"

    Bath Bomb Bum Banditry? We're beyond "bonkers" there and off into stark, raving, batshit insanity. That'll be the sort of thing where they trot out the white blazer with the long sleeves and prescribe a course of lessons in the electric foxtrot.

    BTW. You owe me a keyboard for "twisted Lynx advert.".

  14. Anomalous Cowshed

    Is this the next Wikilik self-promoting actor? Somebody who goes on the run from 'authorities' and somehow has the time and the ability to keep the press updated about the progress of his situation.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I hear he plans to seek asylum from Ecuador.

  16. Valeyard

    Legal Eagle

    They can try to pin him down, but the trial will only last 30 days

    After that they have to pony up and even then mcafee will slow down the whole process

  17. Chris007

    Re: Legal Eagle @Valeyard

    see icon

  18. sabba

    What a guy...

    ...don a disguise and then tell the international press.

    I for one will be trying to spot the ginger haired, clean shaven bloke at customs!! The one with a full case of radox!!

  19. Dr. Vesselin Bontchev


    I know the man personally from his anti-virus days and I must agree with the Belize PM - he *is* bonkers. It's not a recent development, either.

    I'm reasonably confident that he is not guilty of murder, though.


    The painfully obvious...

    Of course the guy is paranoid. He's in the security business. He wouldn't be doing what he does if he weren't paranoid. A little nuttiness probably goes along with the territory too.

    Paranoid security guy? Imagine that...

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: The painfully obvious...

    We're the best kind.

  22. Mahou Saru

    Putting McAfee's state of mind to one side....

    I personally think in general politicians to be a bunch of power hungry liars, now if the chief power hungry liar came out and told me that they weren't after me, I think I would become a little paranoid too :p

  23. Anonymous Coward

    Re: Putting McAfee's state of mind to one side....

    True Almost as bad as having a politician announce that a person has their full confidence and support.

    Coat time. The one with the bullet-proof lining.

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