Readings — From the February 2013 issue

Spywear

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From a November 19, 2012, blog post by John McAfee, the founder of the antivirus-software company McAfee, who in mid-November came under suspicion by Belizean police of murdering his neighbor Gregory Faull and was apprehended in Guatemala after evading arrest for three weeks. Sam is one of McAfee’s girlfriends.

The first two days Sam and I were on the run, I felt helpless, especially given the fact that so many of our friends and workers were being arrested. I realized that unless I knew moment by moment what was happening, my chances of coming out of this intact, both emotionally and physically, were slim. My safety is contingent on the truth being discovered. After two days we returned to the house, in disguise, and I began my watch.

The first day I colored my full beard and my hair light gray — almost white. I darkened the skin of my face, neck, and hands with shoe polish and put on a Saints baseball cap with the brim facing backward and tufts of the front of my hair sticking out through the band. I stuffed my cheeks with chewed bubble gum, making my face appear much fatter. I darkened and browned my front teeth. I stuffed a shaved-down tampon deep into my right nostril and dyed the tip dark brown, giving my nose an awkward, lopsided, disgusting appearance. I put on a pair of ragged brown pants with holes patched and darned. I wore an old, ragged, long-sleeve shirt. I donned an old Guatemalan-style serape and toted a bag containing a variety of Guatemalan woven goods. I adjusted my posture so that I appeared a good six inches shorter than my actual height and slowly walked up and down the beach with a pronounced limp, pushing an old single-speed bicycle and peddling my wares to tourists and reporters using a broken English with a heavy Spanish accent. On my second day, I nearly sold a dolphin carving to an Associated Press reporter standing at the edge of my dock.

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