MI6 codebreaker Gareth Williams’ body was allegedly left naked and decomposing in a sports bag for a week before his boss sounded the alarm that he was missing.
Police have made no arrests in the case and are still not certain how exactly Williams died. The spy’s family rejects British authorities’ claim that his death was unconnected to his intelligence work.
An inquest charged with deducing how and when Williams died heard anonymous evidence Wednesday from three British spies who acknowledged it took seven days after the codebreaker first failed to show up for work before his MI6 boss contacted his family.
The codebreaker’s direct manager, a witness identified only as “G,” said Williams shared a small office with three other people and had carried out some operational work on behalf of the spy agency in addition to his technical work.
Williams was a “quiet intellectual” who was almost always punctual and had never been absent from work through illness, his manager said.
A lawyer for the spy’s family said previously that relatives suspect an “unknown third party” may have tampered with the scene after Williams died, or interfered with other evidence that could help explain how he died.
In other evidence, a former landlady who rented out an apartment to Williams in an annex of her house in Cheltenham, southern England — where GCHQ is based — described how she once found the codebreaker tied to his bed.
Elliott said Williams had explained that he tied himself up “to see if he could get free” but she and her husband had concluded the incident was “more likely to be sexual than escapology.”