Former UK intelligence worker, Joshua Bowles, pleaded guilty to attempted murder on Wednesday for stabbing an American woman stationed at Britain’s cyberespionage agency, GCHQ. The incident occurred on March 9 in Cheltenham, a town in western England.
Bowles allegedly punched and stabbed the victim as she left a leisure center, located approximately 3 miles from GCHQ headquarters, after playing netball. The victim, identified in court as number 99230, was treated in a hospital for multiple stab wounds. Bowles also pleaded guilty to assaulting a man who tried to intervene.
Prosecutors revealed that Bowles had worked at GCHQ until late 2022 and began researching the victim online in early 2023. The victim, a United States government employee stationed at GCHQ, is reported to work for the National Security Agency. Bowles targeted her due to his belief that she was a GCHQ worker and had views on the agency’s operations.
Bowles, who resides in Cheltenham, entered his guilty pleas at London’s Central Criminal Court. Judge Bobbie Cheema-Grubb expressed her intention to sentence him before the end of October.