Annie Machon worked as an intelligence officer for MI5, the UK Security Service, in the 1990s before leaving to blow the whistle on the crimes, incompetence and lack of accountability of the spies.
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 now an author, media pundit, journalist, campaigner, event and tour organiser, and prominent international speaker on a variety of issues: security and intelligence, the war on terror, press and media freedoms, secrecy legislation and government accountability. She uses her insider's knowledge to look at the current use and abuse of intelligence in the wake of 9/11, which has resulted in the unending “war on terror”, the wars in the Middle East, 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.