Sir Richard Dearlove (born 1945) was head of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) from 1999 until 6 May 2004. Was Christopher Steele’s boss. Dearlove knew Steele and his partner Chris Burrows personally.
On 7 July 2014, in a lecture at the Royal United Services Institute, Dearlove argued that the government and media had exaggerated the Islamist terrorism threat to the UK, giving extremists publicity counter-productive to UK interests.
US election meddling
Hakluyt is a British strategic intelligence and advisory firm. It was founded by former MI6 members and retains close ties to UK Intelligence services.
Hakluyt's founders are Christopher James and Mike Reynolds. James and Reynolds are both reportedly close with Dearlove.
Another member of Hakluyt is Jonathan Clarke, who is the U.S. Representative–Director U.S. Operations for Hakluyt. Halper has connections to Hakluyt through Clarke, with whom he has co-authored two books.
Australian High Commissioner Alexander Downer, another FBI informant, asked for and received a meeting with Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos which the FBI claimed was the basis of its counterintelligence investigation of Team Trump. Downer also served on the Advisory Board of Hakluyt from 2008-2014 but gave it up to become High Commissioner. He reportedly still maintains contact with Hakluyt officials.
- Richard Norton-Taylor. "Islamist terror threat to west blown out of proportion – former MI6 chief", 7 July 2014.
- "'Pathetic' Britons in Syria and Iraq do not pose threat, says former MI6 chief", 7 July 2014.