Dead British spy had bondage interest, women's clothes

22nd December 2010, Comments 0 comments

A British spy whose body was found padlocked inside a bag at his London flat in August visited bondage websites before his death and had a huge stash of women's designer clothes, police said Wednesday.

Police probing the mysterious death of Gareth Williams, 30, a codebreaker for Britain's foreign intelligence service MI6, said they remain convinced that someone else had helped to put him inside the holdall.

The revelations come after the inquiry increasingly focused on the reclusive intelligence agent's private life and moved away from speculation that his death was linked to his job.

Scotland Yard detective Hamish Campbell told reporters that investigators believed someone involved with the bondage or gay scene had "linked in" with Williams.

"We are very sure that someone else was in that flat. We want to know the circumstances when you would leave somebody in that position, by accident or design," he added.

Williams's had visited five bondage sites -- including hogtie.com, boundanna.com and artofconstriction.com -- between the end of 2009 and last July, said detective Jackie Sebire, who is leading the inquiry.

"The sites primarily feature women and there are guides on how to do certain things," Sebire told reporters.

No bondage equipment was found in the flat, she added.

Williams also visited a drag cabaret in east London four days before his death and held tickets to two more, she said.

In addition, Williams had 15,000 pounds (17,693 euros, 23,259 dollars) worth of unworn women's designer clothing including tops, dresses and shoes in his wardrobe, plus a number of women's wigs, said Sebire.

Labels included Stella McCartney and Christian Louboutin.

She said the clothes could have been were linked to two fashion courses he attended at the famed Central St Martin's College in London in 2009 and 2010 -- neither of which British intelligence knew he had attended.

Sebire said that an expert who examined the red North Face bag in which Williams' naked body was found on August 23 had concluded that he could not have locked it himself. The keys were found inside the bag.

Police were trying to trace a couple of Mediterranean appearance known to have visited his flat in late June or July.

Williams was last seen alive on August 15.

He died just days before completing a one-year secondment to MI6 from GCHQ, Britain's electronic "listening post" which monitors communications for intelligence purposes, located in Cheltenham, southwest England.


© 2010 AFP

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