John McAfee admitted to playing the "crazy card" and faking an illness in Guatemala that bought him time to get back to America, according to ABC News.
McAfee was taken out of a Guatemalan detention center on a stretcher and rushed to a hospital Dec. 6 in a ruse to buy time for a judge to hear his case and stay his deportation to Belize, where he is still wanted for questioning in the death of his neighbor, Gregory Viant Faull.
"It was a deception, but who did it hurt?" McAfee told ABC News. "I look pretty healthy, don't I?"
McAfee was released by Guatemalan authorities Wednesday night and flown to Miami where he told ABC News he's broke but is trying to get his 20-year-old and 17-year-old girlfriends into the country.
"I have nothing now," McAfee said.
He told ABC News that he left 15 properties and $20 million worth of investments behind in Belize.
"I've got a pair of clothes and shoes, my friend dropped off some cash," he said.
After he arrived on Miami's South Beach, he said a mysterious "Canadian friend" ordered another man he'd never met to drop off a wad of $5 bills.
He said all of the media attention saved him.
"What's a better story, millionaire mad man on the run. ... Because you paid attention to the story. As long as you are reporting, it is hard to whack somebody that the world is watching."
McAfee founded the anti-virus software company that bears his name in Santa Clara. He has said he has dual citizenship in the United States and Britain.
Belize police still want to question McAfee as a "person of interest" in Faull's killing after his body was discovered Nov. 11 in his home two doors down from McAfee's compound on the island of Ambergris Caye.
But McAfee said U.S. authorities have made no effort to question him since he arrived in Miami, according to the Associated Press.
"Why would they want to question me, about what?" McAfee said Thursday from the steps of his South Beach hotel.
After he arrived in Miami Wednesday night, McAfee told the AP that a dozen custom agents and police officers drove him around until he asked to be dropped at a taxi stand.
He begged the State Department to expedite visas for Vanegas and another friend. Vanegas had accompanied him when he was on the run, but did not go with him to the U.S.
"Their lives are in danger," he said.
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