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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top intelligence official is in a coma in a London hospital after collapsing at home, police and his office said on Friday.
Alex Allan, 56, chairman of the government's Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), the body which oversees the work of the security services at home and abroad, fell ill on Monday.
Media reports said he had undergone toxicology tests to check whether he was deliberately poisoned, although police said there was no suspicion of foul play.
Originally posted by Muppetus Galacticus
Reports say he is no slouch and keeps himself quite fit (windsurfing and cycling), and they're pretty quick to say it's most likely NOT poison, but has been ill for about a week.
Originally posted by jhill76
Could a mod fix his links? It stretches the page and you have to scroll to see peoples comments. Thanks in advance.
The mystery over the spy boss who is fighting for his life in a coma deepened last night amid claims he was found at his home covered in blood.
Alex Allan, chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, was found by artist Dominique Salm, who rented a studio at his home in West London.
Neighbours said Miss Salm found the widower, 57, slumped unconscious with "blood everywhere".
Neighbours said yesterday that Miss Salm, 35, may have saved his life. She told them she encountered a horrifying scene, with Mr Allan slumped unconscious and 'blood everywhere'.
Whitehall sources insisted yesterday there was no evidence of foul play - and blamed his collapse on pneumonia. But this does not chime with Miss Salm's account of what she found.
Experts say pneumonia sufferers may cough up some blood but rarely large amounts. Miss Salm's account of the events is likely to fuel speculation over whether Mr Allan was a target for foreign agents.
Meanwhile her mother, Sally Ann Salm, added to the intrigue by declaring: 'Some very serious people have asked Dominique not to comment on any of this until it has been fully investigated and she is doing just that. So am I.'
LONDON (AP) — A senior British intelligence official has emerged from a coma 10 days after he collapsed at home.
The Cabinet Office said late Thursday that Alex Allan remains in intensive care but is conscious and showing "positive signs of recovery."
Allan, 57, was found unconscious by a neighbor at his London home on June 30.
Police investigated amid fears he had been poisoned, but say they do not consider the incident suspicious.