Sun : MI6 ‘hid spook’s gadgets’

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

MI6 ‘hid spook’s gadgets’

By TOM WELLS | May 2, 2012

MI6 was yesterday accused of not giving police nine computer memory sticks belonging to dead spy Gareth Williams.

An inquest heard officers only learned of their existence on Monday when MI6 gave the coroner an inventory of belongings Mr Williams kept locked in his office.

Detective Chief Inspector Jackie Sebire said it also revealed a black holdall like the one in which Mr Williams’ body was found had been in his office cupboard at MI6 HQ in Vauxhall Cross, South London.

It means police have been kept in the dark for almost two years.

Mrs Sebire also admitted she did not realise “electronic media” given to police had been examined by the security services.

Barrister Anthony O’Toole, representing the family of Mr Williams, accused police of giving MI6 special treatment during their inquiry. He asked Detective Constable Colin Hall: “If this had not involved the intelligence service but the Kray twins, you’d have gone into this in more detail, wouldn’t you?”

Codebreaker Mr Williams, 31, was found dead inside a padlocked holdall in his London flat. The inquest verdict is expected tomorrow.