Wednesday, May 2, 2012

#spook : Spy In A Bag Can Be Solved If Police Are Allowed To Do Their Job.

For those interested in the Gareth Williams case you may be interested to know I suggested on this blog that it may well be a Government cover-up . Blogger informed that there had been an official complaint and that I must delete a Government cover-up suggestion from my post.

Police investigating Gareth Williams's death have been hamstrung by 'national security' concerns

Column LAST UPDATED AT 15:09 ON Wed 2 May 2012
THE WESTMINSTER Coroner investigating the death of GCHQ mathematician Gareth Williams in 2010 has delivered a narrative verdict after listening to the evidence of 39 witnesses over seven days. This means that the circumstances of a death are recorded without attributing the cause to a named individual. It also allows the Coroner, Dr Fiona Wilcox, to make recommendations about how any continuing investigation can be improved.

In effect she could do little else. There is scant evidence to suggest that Williams was unlawfully killed - the verdict the family's lawyer believes would be justified. In fact there seems to be little hard evidence about anything. But it is clear where Madam Coroner's subconscious sympathies might lie. She referred in court to the police investigation a number of times as a "Category A Murder Investigation". Technically, it is only an investigation into a 'suspicious death'.

Towards the end of the process, her own dissatisfaction with the police investigation became abundantly clear. In an electrifying moment mid-afternoon yesterday she snapped. Visibly wearying of the answers of Detective Superintendent Michael Broster, the counter-terrorism officer acting as liaison between MI6 and the police investigation, she suggested angrily that he had not been "totally impartial".

He was coming to the end of a rough hour or so in the witness box trying to explain why he hadn't passed nine memory sticks found in Gareth Williams's locker at MI6 to Detective Chief Inspector Jackie Sebire, the detective in charge of the investigation.

The spooks had apparently assured him they were not relevant.
He hadn't seen fit to mention to anyone that a black North Face holdall similar to the one in which Williams was found dead had been found beneath his desk at Vauxhall Cross. It didn't help that Broster's account of the search of the locker didn't seem to tally with the account given earlier in the day by an equally evasive and unimpressive subordinate who had assisted him.
Broster's uncomfortable experience in the witness box - he looked absolutely furious as he left the building - made embarrassingly clear the shortcomings in the police investigation.  

Because DCI Sebire and her team do not have the security clearances to deal with Top Secret matters of national security, they have not been allowed to enter MI6 HQ or question any of Gareth Williams's colleagues at either GCHQ or MI6. These aspects of the investigation have been undertaken by officers from Counter Terrorism Command like Broster who have been security vetted.

Quite why Sebire and her team can't be put through the 'developed vetting' procedure isn't clear. It does not take that long and she and her team have been on the case for 20 months now. The absurdity of this was underlined in court on Tuesday.
When Williams's overall boss at MI6 'Witness D' gave evidence, it was entirely proper that he did so from behind a screen. He is a spook and therefore his identity should be protected. The Coroner, the family and the lawyers could all see him face to face but court officials and journalists could not. We could hear the questions and answers but not see anything. Sitting with us also unable to see anything was DCI Sebire. One wonders what she made of Witness D's evidence. His memory didn't seem to be too good - unusual in a more