Annie Machon is a former intelligence officer for MI5, the UK Security Service, who resigned to help blow the whistle on the spies’ incompetence and crimes.
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.
She speaks on a variety of issues: security and intelligence, ethics and citizenship, the war on terror, the war on drugs, press and media freedoms, secrecy legislation, civil liberties, totalitarianism and police states, accountability in government and business as well as discussing her personal story of being ‘on the run’.
Annie is co-Director of Code Red and European Director of LEAP.
She 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.