Did you see the story earlier this week about the British spy who was found murdered in his London apartment? His dead body had been mysteriously dismembered and stuffed in a duffel bag. The discovery of his body (a full two weeks after he died) set off a wave of speculation that he may have been killed by an enemy agent, or perhaps by the "Islamists" on whom he was reportedly spying. Well, more details are now emerging about 31 year old Gareth Williams that paint a very different picture. The first clue, perhaps, that there was more to the story may have been that he was apparently a "keen cycling enthusiast."
He was indeed a 'spy.' In a sense. But not a James Bond-type spy. He was an introverted math prodigy who worked as a code breaker for Britain's GCHQ (the rough equivalent of our National Security Agency, or NSA). It's now emerged that he had few friends and no open relationships, but according to an article in the Daily Mail newspaper today HERE, "gay magazines and the phone numbers of gay escort men were found in the apartment near the agent's body."
Perhaps they were merely plants to throw investigators of the trail, however, as some have speculated. His parents were apparently totally unaware that he might have been gay. So they may have been dismayed by the further revelations in the same article, "The latest reports on Mr Williams include claims that bondage gear and equipment associated with sado-masochism had been discovered in the flat he used in Pimlico, London, while it has also been claimed he had links to a male escort."
Disturbingly, no one seems to be able to explain how someone holding such a sensitive post could have been missing for two weeks before police were called. And it's also now been revealed that Mr. Williams travelled to the United States several times a year to liaise with the NSA.
Oh, in case you don't recognize it, that photo above is of Sean Connery in one of his post-Bond films, the 1973 science-fantasy Zardoz.