It’s been a year since the death of Gareth Williams and they still haven’t finalised a date for the inquiry. I’ve no wish to haul you through the sordid details of the case again, nor dismiss or defend particular explanations, but I will say that if it was a simple accident it’s taken ‘em a long time to investigate it! There’s a “yes, there was”, “no there wasn’t” sort of article on WalesOnline on the question of whether there was more to the death than we’ve been told. Prof. Anthony Glees, best known for a being a sort of one-man watch group of the academia, thinks that it’s suspicious…

Professor Anthony Glees is among those who believe Williams’ reported fondness for gay clubs, bondage websites and women’s clothing is just a smokescreen.

He added: “I would continue to suggest that if Gareth was not killed as a result of a sex crime or sex game gone wrong – and nobody has presented any serious evidence of this – then this must be the work of a hostile intelligence service.

Paul Moorcraft, director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Analysis, knows there’s another possibility but doesn’t think it’s very plausible. He…

…believe[s] the answers lie in Williams’ sex life. One theory he strongly discounts is that Williams was murdered by British intelligence colleagues for leaking information to our enemies.

“Whenever you get a mysterious death you get all sorts of conspiracies,” he said.

“Looking back at it I would have thought it probably was a sexual incident that went wrong – either with somebody else or on his own.

“He’d been on a couple of trips overseas so he wasn’t just a computer geek. But he was pretty junior and there was no reason to knock him off.”

Anthony Glees has been saying this for a year. Frankly, given his spooky past, I have no faith his opinions, but it’s interesting that the case is weird enough to make someone who thought it was “naive” to think intelligence was falsified before the Iraq War question the authorities. Paul Moorcraft amused me with the notion that “whenever you get a mysterious death you get all sorts of conspiracies”. I assume he meant conspiracy theories but for a certain kind of analyst it’s just an indivisible blob of silliness. Sad.

The article includes this note…

Gareth’s uncle, Anglesey councillor William Hughes, declined to comment and said Gareth’s parents Ian and Ellen wanted to be “left alone”.

This makes me feel guilty for presuming that it’s my business to comment on the tragedy. Yet (a) whether it’s by the state, the media or both we have been lied to over this and so it is our business and (b) the journalism the case has inspired has been far more invasive and insensitive than anything I’ve written, and is spread to tens of thousands of times more people. Still, I’ll hold my peace until they give us something interesting. Assuming that ever happens, anyway.

RIP.

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