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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


Good books, good con­ver­sa­tion, good wine, and people with ideas, intel­li­gence and integrity.