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.
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 09:016
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 00:472
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 15:428
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 00:3810
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 20:5514
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 19:245
As the Snowden-related disclosures continue to flow, each new one refuting the last dissembling statements of the desperate spies, diplomats around the world must be cursing the overweening ambitions of the NSA and its vassals. November 06, 2013 15:009