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Annie Machon

Annie Machon was an intelligence officer for the UK's Security Service, MI5, before resigning to help blow the whistle on the crimes and incompetence of the British spies in the 1990s. Annie is now a media commentator, author, political campaigner, and international public speaker on a wide variety of geopolitical issues.


About Annie Machon

In 2020 she was awarded the SA Award for Integrity in Intelligence by the Sam Adams Associates, a global group of ethically-minded intelligence, diplomatic and military personnel.

She served four years as the European Director of Law Enforcement Action Partnership, is a board member of the World Ethical Data Foundation, and an organiser of the critically acclaimed World Ethical Data Forum.

She has also featured in numerous films and TV documentaries including The Culture High, Digital Dissidents, The Mole: Undercover in North Korea, Disparaitre, The Secrets of the Spies, Espionnes, and Stasi,.

Annie has an MA (Hons) Classics from Cambridge University.

Her book, The Privacy Mission: Achieving Ethical Data for our Lives Online, was shortlisted as a finalist in the Business Book of the Year Awards 2023.

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Speech Topics

Annie’s speech topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Security and intelligence
  • Ethics and citizenship
  • The war on terror
  • The war on drugs
  • The war on whistleblowers
  • Internet freedoms
  • Press and media freedoms
  • Secrecy legislation
  • Civil liberties
  • The ongoing Middle East crises
  • Totalitarianism and police states
  • Accountability in government and business
  • Annie’s personal story of being ‘on the run’
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