Peter Hayman

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Person.png Peter Hayman   Powerbase SourcewatchRdf-icon.png
(spook, diplomat)
Peter Hayman.jpg
Born 14 June 1914
Died 9 April 1992 (Age 77)

Employment.png Deputy Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service

In office
1973 - 1978
Boss Maurice Oldfield
Preceded by Maurice Oldfield
These dates are uncertain, as are the circumstances regarding his departure. In 1978 a dossier of child pornography was found on a bus, later linked by police to Hayman.

Employment.png High Commissioner to Canada

In office
1970 - 1974
Reportedly a key liaison between UK and USA intelligence.

Employment.png Baghdad Station Chief

In office
1959 - 1961
Employer MI6

Employment.png Malta Station Chief

In office
1958 - 1959
Employer MI6

Employment.png Belgrade Station Chief

In office
1955 - 1958
Employer MI6

Sir Peter Hayman (a.k.a. 'Peter Henderson') was a British diplomat and spy.[1]


Peter Hayman joined MI6 aged 40, in 1954. He rose though the ranks until working as British High Commissioner in Canada from 1970-74, when he officially retired, but is suspected to have become Deputy Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service.[2] Previously he was director general of British Information Services in New York 1961-64 and deputy commandant of the British Military Government in West Berlin 1964-66.[3]

Hayman was knighted in 1971 for his work in HM Diplomatic Service.[4]

The Guardian referred to Hayman in his obituary as a "long-time Deputy Chief of MI6" but did not give any dates.[5]

Sexual misconduct

In October 1978, Hayman supposedly left a package of paedophilia-related materials on a London bus, naming him as "Peter Henderson". Police traced this back to him[How?] he was investigated for paedophilia but never charged. It is uncertain whether he was Deputy Chief of MI6 at the time.[6][7]

Paedophilia allegations

In 1981, Hayman was named in the House of Commons as a paedophile by Geoffrey Dickens MP. In April 1981 Sir Michael Havers, the Attorney General, said in parliament that while Hayman was a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange, he was never a member of the executive committee, so was not prosecuted as others were for publishing contact advertisements.[8][9]

Later, on 29 November 1985, Dickens complained in the House of Commons that he had suffered harassment following his naming of Hayman. "The noose around my neck grew tighter after I named a former high-flying British diplomat on the Floor of the House. Honourable Members will understand that where big money is involved and as important names came into my possession so the threats began. First, I received threatening telephone calls followed by two burglaries at my London home. Then, more seriously, my name appeared on a multi-killer's hit list."[10] The Independent newspaper in February 2013 could find no corroboration for Dickens' claims in 1985.

2014 Allegations

In 2014, 'Nick' claimed to have been abused by a number of VIPs in a luxury apartment complex, from 1979-1982, when he was aged 11. He identified Peter Hayman from photos.[11]

Gross indecency

In 1984, Hayman was convicted for an act of gross indecency in a public lavatory.[12]


  1. "Ex-spook admits giving ‘big, big’ names to sex dossier MP"
  3. 'British diplomat named in child porn case' United Press International, March 18, 1981, Wednesday, PM cycle, SECTION: International, DATELINE: LONDON
  4. "Ex-envoy tied to child porn". The Spokesman-Review. 19 March 1981. Retrieved 23 February 2013.

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  5. "Mr Henderson – who was, in fact, Sir Peter Hayman, long-time deputy director of MI6"
  6. "Ex-MI6 chief named as sexual abuser of boys at Dolphin Square"
  8. "Why Sir Peter Hayman was not named". The Times. London. 7 April 1981. Retrieved 2 July 2014. through his membership of PIE or otherwise

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  9. Colin Brown (7 April 1981). "Havers denies special treatment for Hayman". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2014. Sir Peter was a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange

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  10. "Tory MP warned of powerful paedophile ring 30 years ago". Independent. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2013.

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  12. "Obituary: Sir Peter Hayman". The Times. London. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2 July 2014.

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