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Sir Dick Goldsmith White, KCMG, KBE (20 December 190621 February 1993), was a Britishmarker intelligence officer. He was Director-General (DG) of MI5marker from 1953 to 1956, and Head of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6marker) from 1956 to 1968. He was appointed in the wake of the "Crabb Affair", the exposure of which had damaged Sovietmarker-Britishmarker relations, and embarrassed MI6.

White was born in Tonbridgemarker, Kentmarker and went to school at Bishop's Stortford Collegemarker. He was athletic in his youth. He was described by Peter Wright as resembling David Niven: "the same perfect English manners, easy charm, and immaculate dress sense." He was, said Wright, "tall with lean, healthy features and a sharp eye". Much as Wright liked White, he felt his move to MI6 was a mistake for both MI5 and MI6: "Just as his work [at MI5] was beginning, he was moved on a politician's whim to an organization he knew little about, and which was profoundly hostile to his arrival. He was never to be as successful there as he had been in MI5."


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