The top Defence Force scientist sacked and exposed as a Walter Mitty-type character has emerged as a candidate for councillor in the upcoming local body election.

Steve Wilce has put himself forward as a councillor for the Far North district and a candidate for a community board ward in Paihia, where he lives.

His personal candidate biography doesn't repeat debunked claims made while director of the Defence Technology Agency, when he was the chief scientific advisor for the NZ Defence Force.

Those included claims he had served as a special forces soldier and seen action in the Falklands, Northern Ireland

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