|Date of death:||2011|
|Affiliation:||Impossible Mission Force|
|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 found by the IMF and picked up in an SUV. 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 bombing was firmly planted on the IMF. However, after Hunt described Cobalt's facial features, he was identified by Brandt as a Swedish-born Russian nuclear 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 plot, the White House had disavowed the entire ultra-secret agency, by 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. Then, the Secretary gave Ethan a flash drive containing all his mission details. Suddenly, the SUV was hit by gunfire from Russian security forces loyal to Anatoly Sidorov and his partner, and both the IMF Secretary and driver were killed before the vehicle crashed into the icy water below.