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Mr. McAfee, who is extremely polite and coherent in telephone conversations, brushes off such accusations, telling the AP, “If people want to call that paranoia, they can do so if you wish, that will not concern me.”

Mr. McAfee, creator of the McAfee anti-virus program, has led an eccentric life since he sold his stake in the company that bears his name in the early 1990s. He moved to Belize about three years ago to lower his taxes.

He told The New York Times in 2009 that he had lost all but $4 million of his $100 million fortune in the U.S. financial crisis.

However, a story on the Gizmodo website quoted him as calling that claim “not very accurate at all.” He has dabbled in yoga, ultralight aircraft and producing herbal medications.

Mr. McAfee has not said where he’s hiding. But in his blog, he has claimed to have disguised himself as a grungy street peddler and a foul-mouthed German tourist.