London - There's been an urgent call to MI6 bosses this weekend to call off the hounds trailing a buffoonish-looking former flat mate of British Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox.
Media sources have noted that a dodgy espionage tale is brewing up nicely in the Sunday broadsheets with claims that Fox's pal Adam Werritty 'may have been on a Mission Impossible-style Non-Official Cover (NOC) list'.
The term (pronounced 'knock') describes agents/operatives assuming covert roles in organizations without obvious links to the governments for whom they work.
NOC agents invariably use aliases and are often only identifiable by anagrams of their assumed identities - with one espionage expert claiming today that Werrity's spooky ID is 'A Red Mary Twit'.
Newspaper stories have so far focused on Werritty's inappropriate and/or irregular financial relationship with the Defence Secretary, pictured last weekend in a birthday bear-hug with Mrs Thatcher (who many reckon is his actual birth mother...)
Werritty's public profile describes him as the former head of a UK-US think tank, The Atlantic Bridge, which the Charity Commissioners shut down last year on account of er, unaccountable activities.
Some reckon it was the perfect cover for semi-official arms dealing in the wake of failed former Tory weapons traders such as Mark Thatcher, who acquired a criminal conviction and a $400,000 fine for bankrolling mercenary Simon Mann's failed Equatorial Guinea coup.
Other reckon we should expect the resurgence of another Matrix Churchill-style cock-up last seen when the trial of four directors of a British machine tools manufacturer collapsed in 1992 in the failed Arms-To-Iraq farce...when the Prosecution admitted the company been advised on arms sales by the Thatcher government.
Fox meanwhile has gone to ground, off on some urgent Defence trip to the Middle East this weekend.
A spokesperson for Hunt Saboteurs Anonymous spoke to reports this afternoon, acknowledging their many questions with an off-the-cuff "WTF?"