Sorry to bump this question, but there are some things i'd like to add and that no one seemed to notice:
In HL2: EP2, after you bring back the antlion larvae to heal alyx, gman starts talking with you for the last time in the series, mentioning something like "he wished he could do more than keep an eye on gordon and alyx, but he needed to ... FOLLOW SOME CERTAIN RULES."
This statement still bugs me since the first day i heard it, because i always thought on gman as a "superior entity" or something, but that statment may mean he's following orders of someone... or something else. Could he be an advisor's spy? After all, he KNEW that Eli would be attacked by advisors since he whispered into alyx mind to tell her dad to "prepare for unforseen consequences". And Eli DID meet Gman before.
Also, there's still another important fact. There's still a theory that when gordon pushed that cart away in black mesa, nothing of what we know happened in real life, but inside his mind, he could be suffering of a sickness where you "dream awake".
And BEFORE we get to that chamber, all that gordon sees are guards and scientists... but a little before reaching the chamber, he sees gman talking to a scientist. Meaning he was the ONLY DIFFERENT THING in entire black mesa, and maybe his image buried so deep into Gordon's mind that when he falled into sickness... he sometimes sees gman in the background, or even talking to him.
Well, there's really no proof of any of these theories, but Half life canon is always fun to argue about.