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John McAfee can't stay out of the spotlight

Software company founder John McAfee

Software company founder John McAfee // Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman's office/AP

The John McAfee saga was intriguing at first and then exciting when everything got all action-packed. But as McAfee sits in a Guatemalan detention center awaiting his fate, things seem a little sad. It's not necessarily the situation that's sad. McAfee fled Belize so that he wouldn't have to face questioning from police, broke the law when crossing into Guatemala, got caught and now finds himself in an empty room with a couple of laptops and a lot of free time. What's someone who's been basking in the glow of the media spotlight for nearly a month do when he's all alone? He creates his own media spotlight and continues to bask.

At primetime on Sunday night, McAfee posted the first of what we're sure will be many livestreamed speeches followed by a Q&A. It looks like a YouTube confessional, probably because it basically is. About 20 minutes of the total footage is made up of McAfee answering some questions from fans after giving a brief statement that basically amounts to him telling viewers to go read his blog and "the truth." He's pointing specifically to a very strange series of six posts posted by posted by "Harold M. A close friend of Mr McAfee" described as "the archived writing and evidence that Mr McAfee has instructed be released in the event he does not communicate with us in 24 hours." During the other 20 minutes of footage, McAfee appears to have forgotten to turn the camera off, and so we get to watching him pace around the room, read the Internet and smoke cigarettes.

Read the entire story at Atlantic Wire.

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// April 24