I'm not sure if this has been posted anywhere else on ATS, but there was an article in the magazine supplement of the Guardian yesterday...it wasn't
my paper and I unfortunately didn't think at the time to make a note of the author, but it was the 20th November 2010 issue which should be source
Very, very interesting article regarding the investigation into Gareth Williams's death, and well worth reading if you can get hold of it...it may be
available online. But what stands out in my memory is the article claims that in 2003 he had been working with the NSA (as Ford Meade) using software
that he had helped to develop which intercepts emails and phonecalls, to track a Moscow backed sleeper cell, claimed in the article to be the Anna
Chapman Ring, in the US, according to a former GCHQ contractor, 'Williams had been obsessed with the case, it's methodology and characters.'
Following that secondment to MI6, he returned to GCHQ, again working with the NSA, on a US Cyber Defence Policy, and it is claimed he was researching
British vulnerability to Russian, Turkish and Chinese gangs, and evidently, 'He was already on top of it.'
As far as what he was doing immediately prior to his death, it is suggested that he was monitoring foreign embassies, just as he had been doing in the
US during his 'holidays'. One witness, who remembers him coming into their cafe, said he would sit in the corner with his laptop and occasionally
have visitors. Hmm...
The Police have found absolutely nothing of note in his private life and no traces of relationships with either men or women, despite salacious
reports to the contrary.
nice little tit-bit, was that his Professor at the University of Manchester, where he did his PhD on Computer Gaming (age
18!!!), noted that he was considered, in online gaming circles, as 'unbeatable'. Age 21 he was approached by British Security Services, who his
mentor at Manchester believes had spotted him through the online gaming community. He was Williams's referee for the initial vetting incidently.
It'd be interesting to know what games he was playing.