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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.
No encryption? How very rude No encryption? How very rude
In the post-Snowden era, what is the etiquette for protecting your privacy and that of others? April 13, 2015 04:36
‘US threats’ either typical bullying or Berlin’s excuse not to give Snowden asylum ‘US threats’ either typical bullying or Berlin’s excuse not to give Snowden asylum
Washington’s threat to stop sharing intelligence with Berlin if it offers asylum to Snowden is either US bullying, or a convenient excuse on Berlin’s part to shift the blame for not allowing him to go onto the US, believes former MI5 agent Annie Machon. March 22, 2015 04:31
‘Social media encourages people to live lives online and accept Big Brother’s all seeing-eye’ ‘Social media encourages people to live lives online and accept Big Brother’s all seeing-eye’
Today we live our lives through the internet but we have to take a responsibility to protect our privacy as our governments can’t guarantee that intelligence agencies don’t spy on us, former MI5 agent Annie Machon told RT. January 22, 2015 14:27
‘Why are covert CIA agents operating in allied EU countries?’ ‘Why are covert CIA agents operating in allied EU countries?’
After a CIA memo explaining how to get through tighter EU border security checks was leaked to WikiLeaks, the question arose why are there covert agents in the countries the US is meant to share intelligence with, former MI5 agent Annie Machon told RT. December 23, 2014 07:29
​Germany bends over backwards to satisfy US spying demands ​Germany bends over backwards to satisfy US spying demands
Despite the historic lessons Germany has bent over backwards trying to accommodate spying requests by the US, yet has done nothing so far to protect the privacy of its own citizens guaranteed by the constitution, Annie Machon, former UK MI5 agent told RT. November 23, 2014 04:31
Anyone threatening US petrodollar is public enemy No.1 Anyone threatening US petrodollar is public enemy No.1
Last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, said at the celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall last weekend that we are facing a new Cold War. What are the geopolitical realities behind this statement? November 10, 2014 16:52
​US demonizes Russia to assert hegemony in face of ‘credible threat’ ​US demonizes Russia to assert hegemony in face of ‘credible threat’
The US sees Russia as a credible threat, therefore Washington has unleashed a demonizing PR campaign against Moscow which, however is acting in a statesman-like manner, trying to avoid escalation of tensions, former MI5 agent Annie Machon told RT. November 09, 2014 04:29
‘Ottawa shooting shouldn’t be used as pretext for stripping away more civil liberties’ ‘Ottawa shooting shouldn’t be used as pretext for stripping away more civil liberties’
​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
‘GCHQ prostituting itself to the NSA over the last few years’
‘GCHQ prostituting itself to the NSA over the last few years’
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