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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.
​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
‘Biden tries to distance US from the mess in the Mideast’ ‘Biden tries to distance US from the mess in the Mideast’
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
The US terrorizing Middle East is the moral equivalent of ISIS The US terrorizing Middle East is the moral equivalent of ISIS
Two horrors have dwelt in my mind for the last twenty years, ever since I read reports about terrorist groups while an impressionable young intelligence officer. August 25, 2014 12:56
'What is the price of a little inconvenience when it comes to protecting our privacy?' 'What is the price of a little inconvenience when it comes to protecting our privacy?'
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
War on terror vs. spying on EU: ‘US can’t have it both ways’ War on terror vs. spying on EU: ‘US can’t have it both ways’
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