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.
Canada should not rush to use the attack on the Parliament as a pretext for stripping away civil liberties and increasing dragnet surveillance on the Canadian people, Annie Machon, former intelligence officer for the UK's MI5 told RT. October 22, 2014 22:53
The absence of up-to-date UK laws and regulations led to a situation which saw GCHQ put the needs of the NSA and American interests ahead of protecting British national security which is their job, former MI5 agent Annie Machon told RT. October 14, 2014 10:07
Vice President Joe Biden, by blaming Washington’s allies for the spread of IS in Iraq and Syria, attempted to distance the US from the mess that is emerging in the Middle East, former MI5 agent Annie Machon told RT. October 03, 2014 15:43
Both typewriter and strong encryption is going to slow down communication, but upholding a basic democratic right of privacy seems to be more important, former MI5 agent Annie Machon told RT. July 17, 2014 13:57
On the one hand the NSA wants all the allies to work with them on the global war on terror, but on the other hand they still want the “old days” when they could spy on other countries with impunity, former MI5 agent Annie Machon told RT. July 10, 2014 13:29
A year ago I stumbled across a story about a worrying new surveillance program developed by the NSA: PRISM. While nobody was identified as the source of the disclosure, I was awestruck by the bravery of this unknown person. June 05, 2014 13:58
As a dispute is brewing in the whistleblower community on whether to name the country targeted by a massive US spying operation, former MI5 agent Annie Machon told RT the global community deserves to know information whistleblowers risk their lives for. May 22, 2014 03:32
The UK intelligence community traditionally only reacts to perceived threats, instead of pro-actively defining actual threats to national security, former MI5 agent Annie Machon told RT, adding that such a situation leaves much room for abuse. April 28, 2014 03:51