|Annie Machon is a former intelligence officer for MI5, the UK
Security Service, who resigned in 1996 with her ex-partner, David
Shayler to blow the whistle on the spy agency’s incompetence and
crimes. As a result she has had to go on the run around Europe, live in
exile in France, face arrest and imprisonment, and watch as friends,
family and journalists were arrested and sometimes convicted.
Annie is an author, media pundit, journalist, campaigner, and prominent public speaker on a variety of issues: security and intelligence, the war on terror, press and media freedoms, secrecy legislation and government accountability.
She talks about what it is like to be a spy, blow the whistle and go on the run. She also uses her insider’s knowledge to look at the current use and abuse of intelligence, which has resulted in the unending “war on terror” and the erosion of our civil rights and traditional freedoms.
Annie read Classics at Cambridge University and then began a career in publishing. In 1991 she was recruited by MI5 where she was posted to their political and counter-terrorism departments.
Tags: 911, Annie Machon, Intelligence, MI5, Whistle Blower, Incompetence, Crimes, Press Reform, Media Reform, War On Terror, Civil Rights, Freedom, Political Terrorism, Counter Terrorism,
Produced: 2010, Episode: 911TV_ID: UDP-2,
58:21, Category: Education
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