About Annie Machon
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 with her ex-partner, David Shayler.
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.
Ms. Machon has done hundreds of media interviews in the UK and internationally.
Website: Using Our Intelligence -Annie Mschone www.anniemachon.ch
Book: Spies, Lies and Whistleblowers: MI5 and the David Shayler Affair.
Book Guild Ltd. ISBN-10: 185776952X (2005)
Barrie Zwicker with Former MI5 Whistleblower Annie Machon
Presented by the University of Waterloo 9/11 Research Group
Hagey Hall Humanities Theatre
May 31st, 2009