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Annie Machon is a former intelligence officer for MI5, the UK Security Service, who resigned in 1996 to blow the whistle on the spies' incompetence and crimes.
Annie Machon is a former intelligence officer for MI5, the UK Security Service, who resigned in the late 1990s to help blow the whistle on the spies’ incompetence and crimes with her ex-partner, David Shayler.
Annie Machon was an intelligence officer for the UK's Security Service, MI5, before resigning to help blow the whistle on the crimes and incompetence of the British spies in the 1990s.
She is now a media commentator, author, political campaigner, and international public speaker on a wide variety of geopolitical issues: security and intelligence, ethics and citizenship, the war on terror, the war on drugs, the war on whistleblowers, internet freedoms, press and media freedoms, secrecy legislation, civil liberties, the ongoing Middle East crises, totalitarianism and police states, accountability in government and business, as well as discussing her personal story of being ‘on the run’.
In 2020 she was awarded the SA Award for Integrity in Intelligence by the Sam Adams Associates, a global group of intelligence, diplomatic and military whistleblowers.
She served four years as the European Director of Law Enforcement Action Partnership, is a director of World Ethical Data, an organiser of the World Ethical Data Forum, and is an advisory board member of the Courage Foundation.
She has also featured in numerous films and TV documentaries including The Culture High, Digital Dissidents, The Mole: Undercover in North Korea, Disparaitre, The Secrets of the Spies, Espionnes, and Stasi, with more coming out soon.
Annie has an MA (Hons) Classics from Cambridge University.
New book: The Privacy Mission: Achieving Ethical Data for our Lives Online - directly pertinent to emerging technologies