VICE editor-in-chief Rocco Castoro and photographer/ videographer Robert King helped John McAfee escape from Belize and enter Guatemala while filming the entire escapade (And lied about it). Their actions were technically illegal in the USA and Belize but they were never formally charged with aiding and abetting a fugitive since John McAfee was not formally charged as a murder suspect. It is my understanding that if formal charges are filed against John McAfee then charges will be filed against Rocco and Robert King.
Rocco Castoro has been an enigma to me and sent emails recently trying to find out what I know. Rocco Castoro’s name has appeared on John McAfee’s official blog several times (though I cannot verify it’s him).
Rocco stated in his email to me, “In my reporting I have done my best to stay neutral and unbiased while simultaneously relaying my very bizarre experiences with McAfee. So I am neither anti- nor pro-McAfee. He’s my subject, and I have done by best to keep my distance.”
Unfortunately, Rocco seems to be playing on both sides of the fence and appears to be looking for the most profitable angle. If he is actually the one posting on John McAfee’s official blog then he is not keeping his distance as he states nor remaining neutral. He certainly wasn’t playing the neutral role while helping John McAfee escape justice.
Here is Rocco Castoro’s official statement to me via Email:
In my reporting I have done my best to stay neutral and unbiased while simultaneously relaying my very bizarre experiences with McAfee. So I am neither anti- nor pro-McAfee. He’s my subject, and I have done by best to keep my distance.
I have lots of footage, some of which includes Amy and Sam (more of the latter), none of which I will share until it is in a consistent form.. and that may be a bit because there are still some follow-up interviews I need to do. I do not believe he could be considered an American hero in any regard.
I know exactly how John received additional funding while in detention; I know many things that have not yet been reported, and I even have answers and proof to back them up for many of the questions below. I face some obstacles verifying other facts, and I think it’s also important to consider that not everything John has said is a lie. I’ve verified some of his more out-there claims, and totally discredited others. Therein lies the most twisted aspect of this story—he’s basically telling the truth about lying, and scooping out those lies will get as close to anyone can to the truth but it’s proved to be a very long process.
If you have information that is not published, or even want to give me some on background or on the record, I can share a few things with you in my line of questioning. Otherwise it would be hard to justify using you as a source because your agenda is explicitly anti-McAfee and as you can guess I’ve spoken to dozens of people with this slant. I am only after new information at this point, and it seems that there’s a lot to be had.
I did not share any of my sources or information with Rocco Castoro and he is absolutely correct when he says, “(John) he’s basically telling the truth about lying”. There is no Ricin in Nicaragua, there was no spy operation, the Zeta Cartel is not helping Hezbollah smuggle Ricin into the USA. What is true on the whoismcafee blog is that John was buying children for sex from a child sex trafficker named Evaristo Novelo aka: Paz.
Not a soul on this planet has discredited a single word on my website. Not a single soul has even tried. What is Rocco’s true nature? I can’t say, I don’t understand why he has not been more vocal unless he is protecting himself legally or still trying to protect John McAfee. Either way, it hurts his Journalistic Credibility.
What I know to be absolutely certain is, when Impact Future Media, Chad Essley, Warner Brothers or even John McAfee release a movie or book that deviates from the truth or tries to spin John McAfee as a Hollywood hero – there is going to be a very well documented media backlash and a lot of people that did not want to be part of the story will find themselves directly in the center.
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Update: Vice editor-in-chief Rocco Castoro sent me an email on March 18, 2013 at 12:22 am when most normal people are sleeping. He wanted to play the “who is the owner of john-mcafee.com game” with me. I am Blogger, that’s all that matters.