A few people have reached this blog in recent days by using 'Nicholas Langman MI6' as search terms. Langman (Nicholas John Andrew Langman) was one of the two MI6 officers in Paris the night Diana PoW, Dodi Fayed and MI6-asset Henri Paul were killed. (The other, Richard Spearman, was made an OBE in June this year's Queen's birthday honours.)
An MI6 officer was recently withdrawn from Athens after having been named in a magazine, Proto Thema, as implicated in the mistreatment of 28 Pakistani workers in Greece, following the G8 bombings in London, and I wondered if Langman was involved. Now Cryptome reports today that Nicholas Langman was indeed the MI6 officer recalled from Greece.
The British media have had DA-Notices slapped on them preventing them from publishing Nicholas Langman's name, but bloggers aren't subject to such censorship. I don't read Greek so don't know exactly what Langman is accused of, but it seems he oversaw a joint operation by Greek EYP and British counter-terrorism officers (led by a "dark-skinned" man), who acted over-zealously, cruelly, towards the Pakistanis. Langman would just have been following orders (as he was in Paris) and is probably unlucky to have been named. But as he has been, and his name was already in the public domain, I see no reason not to.
If Ming Campbell gets his wish for the intelligence and security committee to investigate the matter, I hope they finger the person above Langman in the food-chain - might it have been MI6 boss John Scarlett?
If googlers to this blog are to be believed, Langman is known to his friends as Nick. So the title of this entry should perhaps be 'The name's Langman, Nick Langman'.