Sir Howard Smith

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Sir Howard Frank Trayton Smith (15 October 1919 – 7 May 1996) was a British diplomat.

Educated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, Smith worked at Bletchley Park during World War II and later became the British ambassador to Moscow. In 1979 he was unexpectedly appointed Director General (DG) of MI5, the United Kingdom's internal security service, by James Callaghan, serving until 1981. more »

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  • ''I have not had major experience of talking with people once pronounced brain-dead, but I think we could be safe in saying he did not have great zip.''
    Sir Howard Smith (b. 1919), British ambassador to Moscow. Times (London, Sept. 8, 1988). Of Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev.
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