|Date of death:||2011|
|Played by:||Tom Wilkinson|
|First appearance:||Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol|
|Last appearance:||Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol|
|First mentioned:||Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation|
|Last mentioned:||Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation|
At a rendezvous point, Ethan Hunt was extracted by the IMF and picked up in a van. While being transported, Hunt was briefed by the Secretary and his Chief Analyst William Brandt. The Secretary was bound for Washington to turn in his resignation, after the blame for the Kremlin's bombing was firmly planted on the IMF. However, after Hunt described Cobalt's facial features, he was identified as a Swedish-born Russian nuclear endgame strategist and fired professor of physics at Stockholm University named Kurt Hendricks. The deranged physicist was accompanied by his right-hand man, a known operative named Marius Wistrom. Now implicated by the Russians in a global terrorist nuclear bombing plot, the White House had disavowed that the covert IMF agency existed, by invoking and initiating a dreaded black-ops contingency measure called "ghost protocol." It meant "no satellite, safe house, support, or extraction." Although Hunt could be returned to Washington to be punished as a "rogue extremist" by the DOD, he would be allowed to escape from government custody - to operate and track down Cobalt on his own. If caught or killed, any member of his team would be branded as terrorists. Suddenly, the van was hit by gunfire from Russian security forces led by Anatoly Sidorov, and the IMF Secretary and driver were killed.