💰🔥🇷🇺Charles Guthrie was head of the British army from 1994 to 1997 before becoming Chief of Defence Staff from 1997 to 2001. He is a member of the advisory board of pro-Brexit group Veterans for Britain and was vocal in his criticism of the EU in the run-up to the referendum.
“It’s absolutely unrealistic to think we are all going to work together,” he proclaimed in the Daily Telegraph. “When things get really serious, we need the Americans. That’s where the power is.”
Guthrie himself has a pretty good idea of where a certain kind of power lies. Since retiring from the army, he has moved into the world of private intelligence firms. He is currently Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Arcanum Global, whose company boasts of having “Superstar spies that have graced Arcanum’s board, including the late Meir Dagan, former head of Mossad.”
Shortly after the EU referendum in June 2016, Arcanum’s chairman, Ron Wahid, wrote an article for USA Today hailing the result as “an opportunity for American businesses” and saying that “international firms should look at Britain as a tax refuge in a European sea of high corporate rates”.
Research by OpenDemocracy has shown that Guthrie has also made very large amounts of money through his extensive business links with Russia and other former Soviet-bloc countries. From 2008 to 2015 he was a director of Petropavlovsk, which mines gold in Russia’s far east. He also has lucrative ties with oil interests in the Middle East, and from 2012 to 2015 was a Director of Bermuda-registered Gulf Keystone Petroleum, which operates mainly in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Guthrie is a shareholder in Palantir Technologies, a data analysis company co-founded by the US billionaire Peter Thiel, a major donor to Donald Trump and a board member and a significant investor in Facebook.
Guthrie is or has been on the boards of an interesting range of other companies, including the investment bank N M Rothschild & Sons and the US arms manufacturer Colt Defense.
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