David Vaughan Icke is an English writer, public speaker and former professional footballer. He promotes conspiracy theories about global politics and has written extensively about them.
Icke was a BBC television sports presenter and spokesman for the Green Party, when in 1990 a psychic told him that he was a healer who had been placed on Earth for a purpose, and that the spirit world was going to pass messages to him. In March 1991 he held a press conference to announce that he was a "Son of the Godhead" ? a phrase he said later the media had misunderstood. He said that a subsequent appearance on BBC's Wogan changed his life, turning him from a respected household name into someone who was laughed at whenever he appeared in public.
He nevertheless continued to develop his ideas, and in four books published over seven years ? The Robots' Rebellion, And the Truth Shall Set You Free, The Biggest Secret, and Children of the Matrix ? set out a worldview that combined New-Age spiritualism with a denunciation of totalitarian trends in the modern world.