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Richard Dearlove

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Sir Richard Billing Dearlove (born 23 January 1945) is a retired British intelligence officer who was head of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), a role known informally as "C", from 1999 until 6 May 2004. He was head of MI6 during the invasion of Iraq. He was criticised by the Iraq Inquiry for providing unverified intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to the Prime Minister, Tony Blair. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of University of London. He was previously Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge from 2004 to 2015. Early life and education Dearlove was born at Gorran Haven, Cornwall, the son of Jack Dearlove, a 1948 Olympic silver medallist in rowing. He received his early formal education at Monkton Combe School near Bath, Somerset, and the Kent School in Kent, Connecticut. He graduated from Queens' College, Cambridge, with a Master of Arts degree in History. Career HM's civil service Dearlove joined MI6 in 1966 and
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