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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.
‘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
​Don't shoot the messenger: Whistleblowers like Snowden deserve proper legal protection ​Don't shoot the messenger: Whistleblowers like Snowden deserve proper legal protection
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
​'No leaked info should be withheld, whistleblowers risk life for it' ​'No leaked info should be withheld, whistleblowers risk life for it'
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
​‘UK should define national security’ ​‘UK should define national security’
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
‘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

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