Otto Tidemand

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Person.png Otto Tidemand  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(pilot, politician, deep state operative)
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BornOtto Grieg Tidemand
18 June 1921
Died10 June 2006 (Age 84)
Alma materOslo Commerce School, Norwegian School of Economics
Member ofBilderberg/Steering committee, Norwegian Shipowners' Association, Trilateral Commission

Otto Grieg Tidemand was a Norwegian deep state operative. He was a member of the Steering committee of the Bilderberg group.


Tidemand was the son of wholesaler Sverre Tidemand (1891–1966) and Else Grieg (1898–1974). The young Otto Grieg Tidemand left the German-occupied Norway in 1941 and arrived in the UK, where he joined the Free Norwegian forces. He attended fighter pilot school 1941-1942 and participated in the air battles over France both before and after the invasion of Normandy and in the last battles over Germany in the spring of 1945. Tidemand remained a military aviator until 1946 and during mobilization exercises in 1949 and 1951, where he received jet pilot training, and achieved the grade of lieutenant.


From 1946 Otto Tidemand worked as a shipbroker in Oslo. In 1950, he started as charterer in the ship brokerage firm Joachim Grieg & Co., where he later became co-owner. In 1960 he became shipowner in Stove Shipping and Christen Smith Shipping & Co.

Norwegian Defence Minister

In Per Borten's government, Tidemand was Norwegian Minister of Defense from 1965 to 1970, with Colonel Arne Gunnar Lund as his secretary of state. Tideman was given responsibility for the modernization and upgrading of the Norwegian defense forces in the NATO alliance. The US weapons aid program was being phased out, so Norway had to spend more of the budget on arms. In 1966, Tidemand received the first Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter fighter aircraft that Norway had purchased from the United States.

In the same year, he visited the United States and received a thorough introduction and bilateral defense and intelligence cooperation, at a time when the Norwegian Defense Department's intelligence received most of its operating resources, including 80% of its financing[citation needed], from the United States.

Deep state connections

CIA-counterintelligence chief Jim Angleton also set up a meeting with Tideman and Soviet defector Anatoliy Golitsyn, where he and Defense Chief Folke Hauger Johannessen were briefed on the Soviet spy threat to Norway. (Angleton presented the unreliable but pliable Golitsyn as a genuine truth witness to several European politicians, as a way to advance his paranoid cold war agenda.) ]] In the spring of 1967, Tidemand was back in the US, laying the groundwork for bilateral agreements under the long-term purchasing plan of the Armed Forces 1969–1973. For the first time, the repurchase principle was used, and the United States purchased Norwegian equipment, while the Norwegian Air Force's transport and anti-submarine capacity was drastically improved with six Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules and six Lockheed P-3 Orion delivered the same year, dovetailing with American wishes.

Tideman was a member of the Trilateral Commission.


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/196731 March 19672 April 1967United Kingdom
St John's College (Cambridge)
Possibly the only Bilderberg meeting held in a university college rather than a hotel (St. John's College, Cambridge)
Bilderberg/196826 April 196828 April 1968Canada
Mont Tremblant
The 17th Bilderberg and the 2nd in Canada
Bilderberg/19699 May 196911 May 1969Denmark
Hotel Marienlyst
The 18th Bilderberg meeting, with 85 participants
Bilderberg/197017 April 197019 April 1970Switzerland
Hotel Quellenhof
Bad Ragaz
the 19th Bilderberg meeting, in Switzerland.
Bilderberg/197123 April 197125 April 1971US
Woodstock Inn
The 20th Bilderberg, 89 guests
Bilderberg/197221 April 197223 April 1972Belgium
Hotel La Reserve
The 21st Bilderberg, 102 guests. It spawned the Trilateral Commission.
Bilderberg/197311 May 197313 May 1973Sweden
The meeting at which the 1973 oil crisis appears to have been planned.
Bilderberg/197419 April 197421 April 1974France
Hotel Mont d' Arbois
The 23rd Bilderberg, held in France
Bilderberg/197525 April 197527 April 1975Turkey
Golden Dolphin Hotel
The 24th Bilderberg Meeting, 98 guests
Bilderberg/197722 April 197724 April 1977United Kingdom
Imperial Hotel
The 25th Bilderberg, held in Torquay, England.
Bilderberg/197821 April 197823 April 1978US
New Jersey
Princeton University
The 26th Bilderberg, held in the US
Bilderberg/197927 April 197929 April 1979Austria
Clubhotel Schloss Weikersdorf
27th Bilderberg, 95 guests, Austria
Bilderberg/198018 April 198020 April 1980Germany
The 28th Bilderberg, held in West Germany, unusually exposed by the Daily Mirror
Bilderberg/198214 May 198216 May 1982Norway
The 30th Bilderberg, held in Norway.
Bilderberg/198411 May 198413 May 1984Sweden
The 32nd Bilderberg, held in Sweden
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