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Top intelligence official falls into coma

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posted on Jul, 4 2008 @ 05:03 AM

Top intelligence official falls into coma

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.
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posted on Jul, 4 2008 @ 05:03 AM
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. He isn't a "top target" for anyone as the JIC's role is mostly analysis I believe, so probably just illness. It's taken four days for the news to come out though.
(visit the link for the full news article)

posted on Jul, 4 2008 @ 05:47 AM

Alex Allen windsurfing to Whitehall during a rail strike!

As Muppetus Galacticus has already mentioned, the role of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) is analysis. Contrary to some newspaper and television reports, Alex Allen is not the UK's top 'spy' - he is a very senior Civil servant (a mathematician/statistician by profession) who after a varied Civil Service career (see CV here)was recently promoted to Chairman of the JIC.

According to Professor Peter Hennessy (The Secret State):

"The JIC stood (and still stands) at the apex of the British intelligence process bringing together and analysing intelligence material which flows to it from covert and overt sources: the human intelligence procured by the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), the signals and electronic intelligence gatheredby the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the counter-espionage intelligence obtained by the Security Service (MI5), as well as materail from relatively more open sources gleaned by the armed services' intelligence branches (merged from 1964 into the Defence Intelligence Staff), the Diplomatic Service and the defence attaches stationed within embassies.
The JIC's staff undertake an 'all source' analysis (until 1957 the JIC was part of the Chiefs of Staff organization; since then it has been a Cabinet committee and part of the Cabinet Office). At its table sit the heads of the secret agencies and Whitehall representatives and it reaches agreed views, by consensus, which are then circulated to an inner group of ministers and departmental customers."

The most important of these analysis are the "Weekly Summary Of Current Intelligence", copy No1 of which traditionally goes to Buckingham Palace.

Alex Allan's personal website can be viewed here

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posted on Jul, 4 2008 @ 06:07 AM

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.

The source suggests otherwise.

I don't often find reports of people falling into comas for no good reason.

posted on Jul, 4 2008 @ 11:13 PM
There is definetly much more to this story than being released by the beeb. I think I'll do some digging and find out more on this guy and see what I can dig up.

posted on Jul, 5 2008 @ 12:07 AM
Could a mod fix his links? It stretches the page and you have to scroll to see peoples comments. Thanks in advance.

posted on Jul, 6 2008 @ 07:16 AM

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.

Apologies for that, mate! Hopefully a mod will rectify my mistake

A small update on this one as Allen was apparently found "covered in blood".

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.'

That last paragraph is most interesting and, while the official line continues to be "no foul play", they may well know another party is involved and they don't want to tip anyone off if something else is in the works perhaps.

PING: RenegadePsycho -

Any luck with your digging yet? It sounds like a lot of his life is public (he puts his address, etc on the web! I'm no-one and I wouldn't do that) despite the position he commands.

posted on Jul, 6 2008 @ 07:59 AM
What was he working on as late? Maybe it was an inside job due to either something he discovered by accident or common investigation?

The artist report sounds rather unpleasant, but then again I have not experienced anyone collapsing from illness and coughing up blood. Could be a completely normal event.........

posted on Jul, 11 2008 @ 01:50 PM
After ten days, Alex Allen is awake!

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.

So, that is good news

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