John McAfee talks to USA TODAY in his first extensive interview since he fled Belize to return home to the U.S.
PORTLAND, Ore. — John McAfee slides out suddenly from behind a glass door.
It’s a sun-splashed morning in the eclectic neighborhood where he now lives, and the former software mogul-turned-international fugitive needs a caffeine fix. Now.
“I have some stories and things to tell you, sir,” he says, rapping his right hand against a coffee table while nervously shifting his feet. “Do you have time for the truth?”
In his first extensive interview since he returned to U.S. soil in December, an animated McAfee agreed to meet a USA TODAY reporter at a nondescript apartment building in southeast Portland last week. For four hours, he explained his innocence, engaged in self-deprecation and eviscerated the news media for what he called exploitation.
“People ask me how did it feel to kill a man, and I can honestly tell them I wouldn’t know because I never have,” he says, gazing through piercing green eyes. McAfee is wearing a black hoodie, jeans and flip flops.