Annie Machon worked as an intelligence officer for MI5, the UK Security Service, in the 1990s before leaving to help 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 a writer, media commentator, campaigner, and international public speaker on a variety of issues: security and intelligence, the war on terror, the war on drugs, the war on whistleblowers and the war on internet 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.