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One-Line Bio

Director, LEAP Europe. Formerly MI5, currently using my intelligence.


Annie Machon is a former intelligence officer for MI5, the UK Security Service, who resigned in the late 1990s to blow the whistle on the spies’ incompetence and crimes with her ex-partner, David Shayler.

Drawing on her varied experiences, she is now a public speaker, writer, media pundit, political campaigner, and PR consultant. She is also now the Director of LEAP, Europe.

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 is also a recognised international public speaker 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 can also provide relatively pain-free and fun training in public speaking and media skills.

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.


Machon, A. (2005). Spies, Lies and Whistleblowers: MI5 and the David Shayler Affair
Book Guild Ltd. ISBN-10: 185776952X


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