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Annie Machon

Annie Machon

Annie Machon
Annie Machon is a former intel­li­gence officer for MI5, the UK Secur­ity Ser­vice, who resigned in the late 1990s to blow the whistle on the spies’ incom­pet­ence and crimes with her ex-partner, David Shayler. Draw­ing on her var­ied exper­i­ences, she is now a pub­lic speaker, writer, media pun­dit, inter­na­tional tour and event organ­iser, polit­ical cam­paigner, and PR con­sult­ant. She is also now the Dir­ector of LEAP, Europe. She has a rare per­spect­ive both on the inner work­ings of gov­ern­ments, intel­li­gence agen­cies and the media, as well as the wider implic­a­tions for the need for increased open­ness and account­ab­il­ity in both pub­lic and private sectors.
‘Washington has miscalculated the wishes of Ukrainian people’
‘Washington has miscalculated the wishes of Ukrainian people’
There is no doubt that the US has been meddling with the internal politics of Ukraine and continues to do so, though this time it has miscalculated, former MI5 agent, Annie Machon, told RT. April 17, 2014 09:47 53
Niemoeller redux: Global rape of human rights continues Niemoeller redux: Global rape of human rights continues
I regularly revisit the famous Pastor Martin Niemoeller’s poem from the Nazi era as his words remain resonant in our post-9/11, ‘War on Terror’ world. March 11, 2014 13:38 3
​Post-WikiLeaks, Manning, Snowden world brighter for freedom fighters ​Post-WikiLeaks, Manning, Snowden world brighter for freedom fighters
In previous decades these brave and rare individuals have often been all too easily dismissed with the usual, carefully-orchestrated media slanders of ‘disgruntled’, ‘too junior’, ‘sacked’, or whatever ad nauseam. But no longer. February 26, 2014 09:01 5
​‘Europe needs independent infrastructure to avoid US snooping’ ​‘Europe needs independent infrastructure to avoid US snooping’
The only way to protect the privacy of ordinary citizens in European cyberspace is to break away from dependency on the US in terms of software and hardware and develop a pan-European security structure, former MI5 Agent Annie Machon told RT. February 25, 2014 00:47 3
Industrial espionage revelations show 'shocking scale of NSA surveillance'
Industrial espionage revelations show 'shocking scale of NSA surveillance'
We are seeing that NSA spying has expanded way beyond a remit to intercept terrorist suspects into politicians, into the citizens of Western countries and into our businesses, Annie Machon, former MI5 officer, told RT. January 27, 2014 15:42 8
​Privacy as last line of defense: Snowden’s revelations changed the world in 2013 ​Privacy as last line of defense: Snowden’s revelations changed the world in 2013
When asked if Edward Snowden deserves to be the Man of the Year, and I have been many times, my answer has to be a categorical, resounding, “Yes.” December 31, 2013 14:50 3
NSA: An Orwellian surveillance system gone global
NSA: An Orwellian surveillance system gone global
While British politics and media display a strong reluctance to confront the harsh realities of UK spying, we should be worried about further revelations of a dystopian, Orwellian surveillance system gone global, former MI5 agent Annie Machon told RT. December 29, 2013 00:38 9
Copyright vs free speech: TPP will take away basic rights if ratified Copyright vs free speech: TPP will take away basic rights if ratified
Through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), US corporatists are aiming to exert their legal control globally, by backing a move to extend intellectual property (IP) laws. But according to Snowden leaks, the move will come at the cost of free speech. December 10, 2013 20:55 14
UK intelligence chiefs getting such a soft touch is ‘shocking’ UK intelligence chiefs getting such a soft touch is ‘shocking’
The appearance of UK intelligence chiefs before a parliamentary committee was shocking because they were given such an easy ride says former MI5 agent Annie Machon talking to RT. November 08, 2013 19:24 5

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