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Police reveal dead spy's links to gay scene.

Summary: MI6 spy Gareth Williams may have died at the hands of a mystery bondage sex partner he met on London's gay scene.

MI6 spy Gareth Williams may have died at the hands of a mystery bondage sex partner he met on London's gay scene, detectives have suggested.

Investigators said the 31-year-old codebreaker was immersed in the capital's thriving gay nightlife and had repeatedly visited extreme bondage websites.

He also had a secret passion for fashion and hoarded unworn women's designer clothes worth Au15,000 in his wardrobe alongside several wigs.

Police said it would have been impossible for the dead man to lock himself in the holdall where his naked body was found. And they revealed forensic evidence indicates other people were in his Pimlico flat who they have been unable to trace.

Detective Chief Inspector Jackie Sebire, who has led the inquiry, released e-fit images of a Mediterranean couple who visited Mr Williams' block in late June or early July.

The couple, in their 20s, were buzzed through the communal entrance by another resident and suggested they had been given a key by "Pierre Palo" and were on their way to his flat.

Mr Williams, of Anglesey, North Wales, was found by police at his top-floor flat in Alderney Street, Pimlico, on August 23.

Police believe he died in the early hours of Monday August 16 and he was last seen the previous day returning from a shopping trip to Harrods.

His decomposing body was in a large North Face holdall sealed by a travel-style Yale padlock through the zip fasteners. The keys were inside, under his body. A battery of post-mortem tests and a huge police inquiry failed to determine how he died.

The mathematics prodigy worked as a cipher and codes expert for GCHQ, the Government listening station, but had been on secondment to MI6.

Detectives revealed remarkable new details of their investigation as they announced an inquest will examine the case next year. They said disclosing the "embarrassing, hurtful and distressing" information was necessary to try to provoke more information from the public.

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