Richard Mottram

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Person.png Richard Mottram  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(civil servant, spook)
Born23 April 1946
Member ofDitchley/Governors, Ditchley/UK
A former Security and Intelligence Co-ordinator

Employment.png Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee

In office
11 November 2005 - 2007
Combined job restyled "Permanent Secretary, Intelligence, Security and Resilience"

Employment.png Security and Intelligence Co-ordinator

In office
11 November 2005 - 2007
Preceded byBill Jeffrey
Combined job restyled "Permanent Secretary, Intelligence, Security and Resilience"

Richard Mottram is a spooky civil servant and "terror expert".


In 1985, as private secretary to Michael Heseltine, the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, he was a witness for the prosecution in the trial of Clive Ponting, later acquitted of an offence under section 2 of the Official Secrets Act 1911 for passing information to Labour MP Tam Dalyell about the sinking of the Belgrano during the Falklands war. When asked whether answers to parliamentary questions should be truthful and not deliberately ambiguous or misleading, there was a long silence before he replied: "In highly charged political matters, one person's ambiguity may be another person's truth".


Event Participated in

2006 Counter Terror World Summit5 December 20066 December 2006London
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