An inquiry in New Zealand recently acknowledged that basic vetting procedures were not followed when Stephen Wilce was hired as chief of the country’s Defence Technology Agency in 2005. Wilce claimed he was a decorated Royal Marine, designed the guidance system for the Polaris missile, served as a helicopter pilot with Prince Andrew, was a spy with MI-5 or MI-6, raced in an Olympic bobsled event against the Jamaican bobsled team, and was a guitarist on the British folk music scene. None of it was true.
Wilce served as the New Zealand military’s chief scientist for five years, despite being warned before he was hired that he was a fake, and despite complaints from other scientists in the agency about his lack of technical knowledge. A New Zealand TV program finally exposed his fabrications last year.
Stephen Wilce: More secrets, more lies, on 3news.co.nz
New Zealand intelligence failed on fantasist scientist on BBC.co.uk.
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