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QINETIQ, the privatised defence and security business on which Bond's Q was supposedly based, was really chuffed to secure former CIA chief George Tenet as a non-executive director.

It was not so chuffed that the first version of its Stock Exchange announcement went out with an attachment headed "In the Event of a Leak", which began: "Qinetiq confirms that it is in discussion with George Tenet."

No question, surely, that the company would leak - so just who was it they suspected might do so?

YOU CAN be reasonably sure Tenet will not simply be telling QinetiQ boss Graham Love what he wants to hear. It was Tenet who, days after 9/11, was asked to provide President Bush with any possible connection between Saddam Hussein and the attacks and told Dubya there wasn't one. Unfortunately, he then badly blotted his copybook and earned the sobriquet "slam dunk" for guaranteeing to the President that were WMDs in Iraq.

Either way, let's hope Tenet lasts longer working for a London-listed firm than his former CIA buddy Stephen Kappes, whose stay at London listed mercenary outfit ArmorGroup lasted barely six months before he returned to Langley this summer as the agency's deputy director.

CALVIN AYRE'S Bodog online gambling business will continue making millions of dollars taking wagers from American players despite the US ban.

Now he is snapping up British rivals keen to sell their US businesses for fear of prosecution.

Never photographed without a bikini-clad beauty or two on his arm, Ayre is not lacking in the selfpublicity stakes. Just see his press release this week announcing the acquisition of the US business of a rival, Betcorp. In this, he modestly describes himself as "Calvin Ayre, the billionaire founder of Bodog.com".

THE PURCHASE by BT of anti-hacker firm Counterpane Internet Security gives them the services of its founder and chief technology officer Bruce Schneier, pictured, who is something of a legend in the world of hacking and cryptology. …

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