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MI6-professorĀ“s sister: `My brother's no Bond, he prefers golf '

24/05/00 THE SCOTSMAN Ā© 2000 THE family of the Glasgow University professor and Lockerbie adviser accused of being an MI6 agent said yesterday they had no idea he was a spy. Alison Fulton, the younger sister of Andrew Fulton, said he was shocked that her brother's secret service past had beenunmasked, adding: "He's no James Bond, he prefers playing golf." Prof Fulton has been "on holiday" since it was revealed that during his 30 year diplomatic career he was a key memberof the MI6 secret service in Europe, Asia and America.

The revelation is likely to cost him his post as a member of the Lockerbie Trial Briefing Unit, which briefed the press about legal aspects of the Lockerbie case, as well as his position at the university. Speaking exclusively to The Scotsman, Ms Fulton said her brother - who was born in Rothesay and went to Rothesay Academy before studying at Glasgow University - had not been in touch since reports of his past emerged at the weekend. Speaking at his mother Janet Fulton's home in Rothesay, she said the family had no idea of the double life their sibling was leading. "We know nothing about this. I do not understand all the attention and I don't know what it's all about," she said. "I don't know what MI6 do - do you? All the people in MI5 and MI6, I don't know what they do."

She revealed that the family had visited Prof Fulton in different parts of the world where he had been stationed without the slightest inkling of his real role. "He's not a James Bond type - he's not Sean Connery in the slightest," she said. "I cannot speak for him, but when we visited him abroad he went off to work in the morning and came home in the evening and I just went sightseeing, and that is all. Some people just don't talk about their jobs." Ms Fulton said she could also cast no light on the circumstances of Prof Fulton's move to Glasgow, which raised eyebrows among some colleagues. "He has been working in the diplomatic service for 30 years and he has obviously never been dismissed. He never said what he was doing in Glasgow," she said.

"Surely Glasgow University knew what his working background was - I don't understand it. I would have thought he would have thought about any conflicts of interest - he's an intelligent man. It doesn't make sense to me." Ms Fulton said he would no doubt be angry by the interest his former career has caused - but that he would be unfussed if he had to move on. "If he loses his job he'll just play golf," she said. She laughed off reports that her brother had gone hillwalking in Skye. She said: "He's never been a hillwalker, that's for sure."

Ms Fulton said all she knew about her brother's job at Glasgow University was that he was unpaid and in a role where he spoke to the press and had appeared recently on television. She said she had not spoken to Prof Fulton since before the weekend and would not give any more details of his movements or those of his family.