To those acquainted with the dark arts of international espionage, the strange death of Gareth Williams appeared to bear all the hallmarks of a ‘wet job’ — the grisly name for an assassination carried out by people trained to kill.
Originally from Anglesey in North Wales, Williams, 31, worked for British intelligence. A former child genius, he had graduated from the University of Bangor with a first-class mathematics degree aged just 17.
He completed his PhD at Manchester University aged 20, and went on to Cambridge.
But he dropped out after being offered a job at GCHQ, the Government’s secret communications and surveillance centre, where he worked as a computer systems expert for ten years.