Some details like a harem of 8 gfs were reported by others including CNN. Think about the dude's age - 67! Despite all the mocking of his "just cuz I can" motivation, I've known some powerful people that by the time they got to 67 would do random crap just for the hell of it.
So… don't write it off completely as bath salt fiction. Sometimes a combination of rich aging control freak idle hands can produce surprising results. And for the millionth time, it really would make a fun movie.
> "Belize's corruption perceptions index is off the charts - literally!"
Same problem for last year's corruption perceptions index:
> Observers say Belize is not disclosing the necessary information for it to be ranked.
This is a huge red flag, since, as the article says, Belize would actually stand to benefit from releasing their data:
> Experts say that if Belize provides that information, it stands to benefit in various ways, by showing the rest of the world that it is serious about tackling corruption.
So you're super rich, seriously into security concepts, and bored. Probably you've met a lot of intelligence agents, and heads of intelligent agencies. Maybe you developed a bit of a fetish for spy-novels. Hell, what have you got to lose, let's set up a spy-ring! Just not in the USA... pick somewhere that's within private jet reach of the USA... Honduras, Belize, Guatemala... all interesting places!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Mitty , appropriate for the topic.
What is more difficult is keeping your private army quiet, but i guess enough money could do that.
I think he is confident the US is not going to allow his extradition although the US does have an extradition treaty with Belize.
That being said, I live in Central America and I agree with the whole of your comment. People in here are generally atrocious with technology and are in love with their bribes and free stuff. Combine everything and you have an awesome
"target audience" for malware distribution. And hey, you can always keep your private armies in the multiple jungle settings from Guatemala and farther south...