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(spook, deep politician?)
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Born15 November 1916
Died13 April 1994 (Age 77)
Founder ofThe 61
Member ofLe Cercle, Shield, The 61
A key spook with a wide range of connections.

Nicholas Elliot was an MI6 officer who was a "head of MI6's London office".[1] Elliot was also engaged with a number of far right and intelligence connected organisations.


In MI6 counter-intelligence, with postings in Bern, Istanbul, London and Beirut, it was Elliott who confronted Kim Philby in Beirut in 1963, sparking Philby's flight to the Soviet Union. Apart from his Pinay Circle activities Elliott is also a Council Member of the Wilkinson/ McWhirter/Ivens group, the Research Foundation for the Study of Terrorism. Elliott's memoirs are among the numerous works by former intelligence officers [2] which the government will not permit to be published.[3]

Deep Political connections

Nicholas Elliot was a regular attender of the deep state milieu called Le Cercle, and founded The 61, a private intelligence agency. He was one of about 15 UK Cercle regulars, drawn mostly from the rich Tory right. Others included Paul Channon and Alan Duncan. David Burnside also attended - not as British Airways' public affairs chief but for his passionate espousal of Ulster Unionism. John Major's former senior aide, Viscount Cranborne has also attended Cercle gatherings. Brian Crozier, the author and well-known Cold-Warrior with close ties to MI6 and the CIA, was the European Chairman of Le Cercle for about 15 years.[4]

Kim Philby

In 1962, Nicholas Elliott reportedly went to Lebanon to "present Kim Philby with the evidence against him". In 1988 The Times reported that former deputy director-general of MI6 George Kennedy Young had stated that Kim Philby had never been properly vetted. "Mr Young said on ITN's News at One that Philby knew 'the skids were under him'. He had been tipped off. When an MI6 officer, Mr Nicholas Elliot, was sent out to Beirut to present him with the evidence against him, 'he knew the game was up and preferred to get away rather than take the offer of immunity'".[5]

Friend of Graham Greene

In the genteel surroundings of a London club, Mrs Greene, 87, sat circled by friends of her husband, including Nicholas Elliot, the former head of MI6[6]

'The Harry Lime of Cheapside' - Lonrho connection

"For a time the buccaneering Rowland hired an MI6 man, Nicholas Elliot, and called him the Harry Lime of Cheapside because of his links with Kim Philby. Eventually... the two men fell out."[7]
The source of Rowland's fortune and Lonrho's revival was allegedly his unique foresight of marvelous opportunities in black Africa as the European powers abandoned their colonies in the Sixties. 'Africa is down,' he told friends. 'It can only go up.' Delighting in crisscrossing the continent in his private planes the lone gun stealthily peddling influence among Africa's dictators - Rowland deployed his self-deprecating style to buy businesses cheap and meddle in the continent's messy politics. His life, he professed, was dedicated to Lonrho.
'I'm prepared to be buggered if it helps Lonrho,' Rowland once told Nicholas Elliot, the former MI6 officer and Lonrho director, as they waited to deliver a massive bribe to a West African dictator. 'Would you?' Rowland asked. Alarmed, Elliot blurted: 'No, Tiny. Because I don't own 20 pc of Lonrho's shares.' Rowland scoffed.[8]
Nicholas Elliot, a former MI6 officer and a Lonrho director, told how business trips to Africa aboard his private jet would often end with Mr Rowland stepping off the plane in Zurich. There he would accompany assistants carrying bags bulging with cash to his bankers in Bahnhofstrasse, deposit the money, then fly home. It was a procedure he followed many times.[9]



Events Participated in

Le Cercle/1982 (Wildbad Kreuth)11 June 198213 June 1982Germany
Hanns Seidel Foundation
Le Cercle/1983 (Bonn)30 June 19833 July 1983Germany
Le Cercle/1984 (Bonn)5 July 19847 July 1984Germany
Held in Bonn, West Germany, the list of the 36 visitors was published online in 2011.
Le Cercle/1984 (Capetown)12 January 198415 January 1984South Africa
4 day meeting of Le Cercle in Capetown exposed after Joel Van der Reijden discovered the attendee list for this conference and published it online in 2011
Le Cercle/1985 (Washington)7 January 198510 January 1985US
Washington DC
4 day meeting of Le Cercle in Washington exposed after Joel Van der Reijden discovered the attendee list for this conference and published it online in 2011


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Tiny Rowland – portrait of the bastard as a rebelArticleAugust 1990Nick DaviesAll big entrepreneurs have the stink of unpopularity around them. Whether it is through envy or sincere distaste, Donald Trump, James Goldsmith, Rupert Murdoch, Robert Maxwell and Richard Branson have all become popular figures of hate. The one characteristic that has marked out Tiny Rowland is his lack of respect for authority.
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  1. Alastair Dalton NAVY PAPERS SHED LIGHT ON THE MURKY DEATH OF DIVING SPY, The Scotsman, October 22, 1998, Thursday, Pg. 5
  2. listed in the Guardian 6/6/89
  3. David Teacher, The Pinay Circle and Destabilisation in Europe, Lobster No. 18, October 1989.
  4. Chris Blackhurst - Aitken dropped by the Right's secret club; Is it the ultimate dishonour? Chris Blackhurst on Le Cercle, an exclusive think-tank said to be funded by the CIA The Independent (London), June 29, 1997, Sunday Page
  5. The Times (London) May 13 1988, Friday, Wright speaks up for Philby MICHAEL EVANS, Defence Correspondent and CHRISTOPHER MORRIS Issue 63080.
  6. THYNNE J Greene's widow in series, Herald Sun December 26, 1992 Saturday WEEKEND SUPPLEMENT; Pg. 35
  7. Rufus Olins Cheapside HQ goes on sale Sunday Times, February 19, 1995, Sunday
  8. DAILY MAIL (London) July 27, 1998 TINY,COLOSSUS WHO CRASHED TO EARTH;He began by selling chickens to London clubs. Concealing his Nazi sympathies, Tiny Rowland made a fortune. But his empire was built on lies, bribery and the charm of a super salesman, Tom BowerPg. 22
  9. The Evening Standard (London) February 9, 1999 Widow's £26m just a part of Tiny's fortune Nigel Rosser Pg. 4