John Scarlett

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Person.png John Scarlett   NNDB PowerbaseRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Born18 August 1948
Alma materMagdalen College (Oxford)
Member ofFranco-British Colloque, Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies, The Times/Board, Trilateral Commission
MI6 chief 2004-2009

Employment.png Chief of the SIS

In office
7 May 2004 - 31 October 2009

Employment.png Director of Security and Public Affairs

In office
September 2001 - August 2002
Took the job on a week before 9/11.

Sir John McLeod "Dodgy Dossier" Scarlett was appointed Director of Security and Public Affairs (and Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee) one week before 9/11. In 2004 he was made head of MI6. He had previously beenand head of the Intelligence and Securities Secretariat in the Cabinet Office. Commenting on his business career, Craig Murray remarked that Scarlett "is synonymous with crooked security operations and personally wrote the notorious dossier of lies on Iraqi WMD".[1]

MI6 career

A fluent Russian speaker, he joined MI6 in 1970 and during his early career served in Nairobi, Moscow and Paris.

He went on to be in charge of Britain's station in Moscow.[2]

Dodgy Dossier

Full article: Dodgy Dossier

Scarlett chaired the Joint Intelligence Committee from 3 September 2001. In this role he had responsibility for the dodgy dossier on alleged Iraqi weapons of mass destruction published by the UK Government in September 2002. [3]

Statoil Appointment

Scarlett was appoint as 'Strategic Advisor' to Norwegian energy company Statoil in May 2011. [4]

SC Strategy Ltd

In October 2012 Scarlett became one of 3 directors of SC Strategy Ltd, the others being Alexander Carlile and James Arbuthnot.[1]


Events Participated in

Munich Security Conference/20156 February 20158 February 2015Germany
"400 high-ranking decision-makers in international politics, including some 20 heads of state and government as well as more than 60 foreign and defence ministers, met in Munich to discuss current crises and conflicts."
Munich Security Conference/201612 February 201614 February 2016Germany
The 52nd Munich Security Conference
Munich Security Conference/201812 February 201814 February 2018Germany
The 54th Munich Security Conference
Munich Security Conference/201915 February 201917 February 2019Germany
The 55th Munich Security Conference, which included "A Spreading Plague" aimed at "identifying gaps and making recommendations to improve the global system for responding to deliberate, high consequence biological events."
Munich Security Conference/202218 February 202220 February 2022Germany


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