A Former British Cyberespionage Agency Employee Gets Life in Prison for Stabbing an American Spy

This undated handout photo issued by Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) on Monday, Oct. 30, 2023 shows Joshua Bowles. A former British cyberespionage agency employee who viciously stabbed an American intelligence worker has been sentenced to life in prison. Joshua Bowles, who was sentenced Monday in a London court for attempted murder, will have to serve at least 13 years in prison. (CTPSE/PA via AP)

A former British cyberespionage employee who had become angry and resentful toward his agency’s work was sentenced Monday to life in prison for attempted murder in the vicious stabbing of an American intelligence worker assigned to the U.K.

Joshua Bowles, 29, punched the woman and knifed her repeatedly in what was called a “politically motivated” attack as she left a gym March 9 in the western England town of Cheltenham, which is home to the U.K.’s electronic spy agency, Government Communications Headquarters, better known as GCHQ.

“I’ve just tried to kill her,” Bowles said, according to Steve Bunn, who helped stop the attack. “It’s … good … I didn’t have a gun, isn’t it? I make a pretty (expletive) terrorist, don’t I?”

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