MI6 officer murder linked to wealthy Israeli-Russian tycoon
By Wayne Madsen
Posted on November 21, 2013 by Wayne Madsen
On July 23, 2010, the body of Gareth Williams, a cryptographic whiz for the National Security Agency’s British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), was found badly decomposed inside a North Face gym bag in his London flat.
Williams had been on loan to Britain’s MI6 Secret Intelligence Service and had visited NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, a number of times before his suspicious death. Scotland Yard recently concluded that Williams could have locked himself inside the gym bag, thus killing himself, with the intimation that Williams was engaged in some bizarre sexual practice. However, Scotland Yard’s own experts stated it was virtually impossible for Williams to have locked the outside padlock and then secured the handle with Velcro from inside the bag.
Scotland Yard ignored evidence that a Mediterranean couple was seen entering Williams’s flat before his death.
On January 2, 2013, WMR reported on the “Mediterranean couple”:
Media manipulators in British intelligence and law enforcement spun stories, eagerly grabbed up by the media, that Williams was a homosexual, had visited bondage sites on the Internet, was a cross-dresser, and practiced auto-asphyxiation for sexual gratification. None of these rumors were verified and were used to explain away Williams’s murder and the presence of a male-female “Mediterranean-looking” couple in his building at the time of his death. The term “Mediterranean” is routinely used by British law enforcement to describe Israelis because the use of “Jewish-looking” as a descriptor would result in career problems for any investigator. Similarly, U.S. law enforcement employs the term “Middle Eastern-looking” to describe Israeli suspects.
Forensic scientists employed by the privatized British Government Chemist, LGC Ltd., later determined that the Mediterranean couple were not involved in Williams’s murder. However, one of LGC’s directors is Yigal Farkash, an Israeli businessman with deep ties to the Israeli military-intelligence complex. Farkash is also chief operating officer for the Israeli communication firm Korenron, which provides mobile wireless communication services to the Mossad, Israeli Defense Force, Elbit, RAFAEL, Israel Aeronautical Industries (IAI), and the Israeli Police SWAT Team. If Williams was investigating Israel’s use of malware like Stuxnet and Flame that infected computer systems through wireless interfaces, Farkash and Korenron may have had more than a passing interest in covering up details of Williams’s murder.
WMR has been informed by a confidential British source that LGC purposely misled investigators and spiked important evidence in Scotland Yard’s investigation.
LGC’s directors are rife with conflicts-of-interest and they do not only apply to Farkash. Retired Scotland Yard Commissioner Lord Stevens also serves on the board of LGC. Former Scotland Yard commander Ray Adams, after being sacked in a police scandal involving a murder investigation, became the head of security for the Rupert Murdoch-owned NDS, a software company that was involved in cracking the smart card codes of a competitor company, ONdigital.
The background of Yigal Farkash becomes even more suspicious. In 2012, an Israeli billing himself as a wealthy Russian oligarch named Oleg Petrushka announced that he was running for Prime Minster of Israel. In fact, Petrushka is Yigal Farkash.
NDS started in 1988 in Rehovot, Israel and had a major facility in Haifa. In 1992, the company, which specialized in manufacturing chips for pay TV systems, was bought by Murdoch’s News Corporation. In 2009, NDS became a privately-held company. In 2012, Cisco bought NDS. In the 1990s, the European Union discovered that its Cisco servers had been penetrated by NSA, which was reading the email of EU officials and members of the European Parliament.
The Cisco acquisition of NDS is noteworthy. As a result of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s disclosures, it is now known that the NSA and GCHQ were penetrating data networks using Trojan horse “malware.” This concept of hijacking operating systems with malicious code also served as a basis for the Stuxnet and Flame infections of the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) computers operating nuclear power plants, including the Iranian plant at Bushehr and the Daiichi plant at Fukushima. When Williams’s body was discovered in his flat, a number of SIM cards, which NDS manufactures, were carefully laid out on a table and his mobile phone had been reset to its factory settings.
It is known that Williams was preparing to leave his service with MI6 to return to GCHQ. A huge question looms. Was Williams asked to investigate the Murdoch attempt to crack the smart card codes of News Corporation’s competitors? Or had Williams stumbled across the Israeli intelligence operation to infect the computers that operate nuclear power plants and did his conscience, like that of Edward Snowden, cause him to prepare to go public?
One thing is for certain. Whenever a murder or terrorist investigation touches on “Mediterranean-looking” suspects, that is Israeli intelligence agents, be they Jewish, Druze, or Arab, the outcome is always a cover-up by the police and other investigators.
Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.
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