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Spy Death Explanation 'Unlikely'

Coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox has said it is "unlikely" the death of MI6 spy Gareth Williams will ever be satisfactorily explained. She is delivering a narrative verdict at the end of the inquest into his death.

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MI6 chief apologies to family of Gareth Williams

One of Britain's most senior spies apologised to Gareth Williams' family today for the mix-up which saw MI6 fail to report his disappearance for a week.

Sir John Sawers, chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, expressed the "deepest condolences" of MI6 and GCHQ for the death.

In a statement delivered by MI6 lawyer Andrew O'Connor, Sir John said the service should have acted more swiftly when Mr Williams failed to turn up to work in August 2010.

Mr O'Connor said: "On behalf of the whole organisation, Sir John regrets this deeply and apologises unreservedly."

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