John Rennie (MI6 officer)
|Service||Secret Intelligence Service (SIS/MI6)|
|Active||1968 - 1973|
|Rank||Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service|
|Born||13 January 1914
|Died||30 September 1981
|Spouse||Jennifer Margaret Wainwright|
|Alma mater||Balliol College, Oxford|
Educated at Wellington College and Balliol College, Oxford, Rennie joined an advertising agency in New York in 1935. During World War II he worked at an organisation in Baltimore combating German propaganda.
In 1946 he joined the Foreign Office and was posted to Washington D.C. and then to Warsaw. In 1953 he was appointed Head of the Information Research Department, a controversial body established to disseminate information about the dangers of Soviet-style communism. During the Suez Crisis he chaired a committee established to disseminate British propaganda in the Middle East. He was posted to Buenos Aires in 1958 and Washington D.C. in 1960. He served on the Civil Service Commission in 1966. Then in 1968 he was appointed Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service.
On 15 January 1973, Rennie's son Charles and his daughter-in-law were arrested for an alleged involvement in the importation of large quantities of heroin from Hong Kong. Rennie resigned not long afterwards.
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