Richard Dearlove


Richard Dearlove

Sir Richard Billing Dearlove, KCMG, OBE (born 23 January 1945) was head of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) from 1999 until 6 May 2004.

He was born in Cornwall and attended Monkton Combe School near Bath, the Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, and Queens' College, Cambridge. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/286128.stm New MI6 spymaster named] , "BBC News", February 25, 1999. Accessed February 13, 2008.] He joined the MI6 in 1966 and was posted to Nairobi in 1968. After being posted to Prague, Paris and Geneva he became head of Washington station in 1991, director of personnel and administration in 1993 and director of operations in 1994. He became chief in 1999.

Dearlove's tenure as the head of MI6, or "C", saw many momentous events for the service:
*2000 - MI6 Headquarters at Vauxhall Cross is attacked by an anti-tank guided missile.
*2001 - Service criticised for failing to establish and warn that Al-Qaeda was planning anything on the scale of the September 11th attacks.
*The so called "War on Terror", the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
*Tension with the Government over the evidence for war on Iraq. It has been suggested that many within the intelligence community were uneasy that their qualified judgements on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction were presented as hard facts in various dossiers (e.g. September Dossier).

Dearlove is purported to be the "C" mentioned in the Downing Street memo.Dearlove's successor as C is John Scarlett, the former head of the Joint Intelligence Committee. Scarlett's appointment has not been without controversy, as in his role at the JIC Scarlett worked closely with Alastair Campbell on the "dodgy" dossier that formed the centre of the Dr. David Kelly affair.

Dearlove became Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge on 1 August 2004. He accepted an invitation to become the Chairman of Trustees of the Cambridge Union Society in 2006. As Master of Pembroke College he is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Pembroke House, a community centre in Walworth, South London linked to the college and to the connected Church of England parish St Christopher's, Walworth.

He is a signatory of the Henry Jackson Society principles, advocating a proactive approach to the spread of liberal democracy across the world, including when necessary by military intervention. Fact|date=September 2008

More recently, Dearlove has given evidence at the inquest of Princess Diana's death, responding to Harrod's owner Mohamed al-Fayed who claimed that MI6 had murdered Diana.

References

External links

* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3121085.stm BBC News: Profile]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/286128.stm BBC News 1999: "New MI6 spymaster named"]
* [http://www.pem.cam.ac.uk Pembroke College]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gk9sABtJxM Confrontation in public forum]


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