Mystery behind death of British spy deepens

Last Updated: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 20:40

London: British intelligence officers are
investigating whether any state secrets were stolen by killer
of a British spy, Gareth Williams, whose body was found in a
sports bag in the bath of his flat.

Gareth Williams` decomposing remains were found by
police stuffed inside a holdall on Monday.
His body may have lain undiscovered for up to a
fortnight. He was a cipher and codes specialist on secondment
to the Secret Intelligence Service from the British
Intelligence Service`s Headquarters listening station, and
often took his work home.

He was on annual leave and scheduled to resume duty
on September 3, police said. Security services fear that his
murderer could have taken classified material - possibly held
on a laptop or MP3 player - which could be sold on to
Britain`s enemies.

The partially decomposed body of the talented
31-year-old loner was discovered in his top-floor flat at a
Georgian townhouse in Pimlico, central London.

Detectives yesterday spent a second day in the
two-bedroom flat - believed to be one of several `safe houses`
in that area used by Mi6, the British Intelligence Agency,
looking for clues and trying to check if anything was missing.

A security source told the Daily Mail "Whatever the
motives for this killing, there is the strong likelihood that
items will have been taken and that is potentially a real
problem because it may be difficult identifying exactly what
he had at home.
"With much of the focus of Mi6 on the terror posed by
fanatics linked to al-Qaeda and the Taliban, one theory was
that Williams had been targeted because of his work.

In the flat, a mobile telephone and a collection of
SIM cards had been carefully laid out - in what was described
as a bizarre ritualistic scene - and officers are researching
each number called.

Police said the results of a post-mortem examination
were inconclusive. Meanwhile toxicology tests have been
ordered to see if Williams had been poisoned.

Another possibility is that he was smothered or
strangled before being bundled into the bag.

But speculation that he had been stabbed or even
dismembered was discounted by police sources.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 20:40

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