The GCHQ codebreaker’s naked and decomposing body was found in a holdall in the bath of his Pimlico flat in August 2010. The family hope his inquest, which begins on Monday, will help to end their suffering and at last give them some answers. More than 18 months on, police are still unable to explain what happened to the talented 31-year-old mathematician and recently revealed that their investigation has been hampered by blunders.
Foreign Secretary William Hague this month ordered that key evidence must be heard in secret. He signed an order to prevent the disclosure of details about the spy’s work with both British and US secret services. The Foreign Office said: “It was right to seek a public interest immunity certificate. We would always seek to protect the identities of intelligence personnel and details of their operational work.”
Mr Williams is reported to have been sent to the National Security Agency — the Pentagon’s listening post — to work on encryption programmes that filter millions of communications every day.
Meanwhile Witness G, Mr Williams’ line manager, will be asked to explain why the alarm was not raised sooner when Mr Williams failed to arrive for work. The alarm was raised by a GCHQ HR manager when she rang the Metropolitan Police, who went to his house for a routine “welfare check”.
27-year-old American Missa Elizabeth Guthrie reportedly spent time with ‘murdered’ MI6 spy Gareth Williams. Guthrie is the daughter of a New York stockbroker and has links to top people.
“The woman with THREE identities who could hold key to death of the body-in-the-bag spy American Missa Elizabeth Guthrie claims to be an international businesswoman linked to a wealthy American family By ROBERT VERKAIK, GEORGE ARBUTHNOTT and SHARON CHURCHER PUBLISHED: 22:24 GMT, 31 March 2012 | UPDATED: 00:37 GMT, 1 April 2012 .. Ms Guthrie also told friends after Mr Williams’s body was found that he was planning to leave the Secret Service so that he could set up his own business with her and another MI6 officer. ‘She was very vague about what this would be, only that it would be with another MI6 officer,’ said the source. Our investigations in the United States have revealed that Missa Elizabeth Guthrie is the daughter of George Gordon Guthrie, a wealthy New York stockbroker.
The 69-year-old, who is known as Jerry, worked for various Wall Street investment firms, including a securities unit of the French bank Caisse des Depots et Consignations, where he was managing director of options trading. His brother, Randolph Hobson Guthrie, a retired plastic surgeon, is married to a great-granddaughter of the steel magnate Henry Phipps. Phipps was the son of an English shoemaker who went to America in the early part of the 19th Century. Phipps became the business partner of Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie who founded the Carnegie Steel Company and built Carnegie Hall in 1891. Phipps also founded the Bessemer Trust to manage the family fortune. It now manages funds for more than 2,000 families and has £35 billion in assets [an alleged target for Sidley Austin extortionists]. There are about 300 of Phipps’ descendants who benefit from the Trust. Ms Guthrie is believed to have left New York for London in 2008. A source told The Mail on Sunday that she studied at the Regent’s Business School in Central London.
The source added: ‘She had two names, calling herself both Phipps and Guthrie, and claimed to come from a famous American family – but she never really explained who they were.’ Ms Guthrie told her friends that she had travelled widely, visiting the Middle East, China and South America on what she described as business trips. The source said: ‘The funny thing was that she never explained exactly what she did and was very secretive about her work. ‘She even used the code-name Shark when talking about her business partner.’ In 2008 Ms Guthrie’s parents retired to a four-bedroom, five-bathroom villa for which they paid £2 million on Sea Island, an exclusive resort on a barrier reef on the coast of Georgia. Reached by a dramatic causeway that swoops for miles over marshland and shaded by moss-draped oak trees, Sea Island was once one of the favourite winter resorts for socially ambitious Americans who were drawn to its five miles of private beaches. The £2 million the Guthries paid was about the average for a home on the island at the time. The island is privately owned by a development company. But shortly after Ms Guthrie’s parents bought their villa, it was revealed that the company was in financial trouble. Property values have since plunged and the Guthries’ sprawling home is now valued by one online site at about £1 million.