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New Zealand hired a fantasist for head of Defence Technology

This is quite a peculiar story. New Zealand hired Stephan Wilce to be head of Defence Technology in 2005, and gave him the top level security clearance. Of course they did a background check, but somehow they didn't notice that he made up vast amounts of rubbish about himself. The odd thing is, his lies were not subtle white lies, difficult to check on, or even believable stuff faking a degree or something. No, among the made-up fantasies he put on his CV:

  • He was in the Winter Olympics and ran on the bobsled team competing against Jamacia, as depicted in Cool Runnings.
  • Member of the Welsh national Rugby team
  • British Spy and ex-Royal Marine
  • Helicopter pilot for the Royal family
  • Successful British folk music performer

Seriously, is the entire international intelligence community just a bunch of fools making stuff up?

Reader Comments (2)

On the other hand, if all of that WERE true, you can see why they would hire him!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCedric

May they thought it was too outlandish to make up, if the lie is big enough you assume it is true :)

January 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterAdrian Liston

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