Annie Machon worked as an intelligence officer for the UK domestic Security Service, MI5, in the 1990s. During that time she was responsible for investigating political and terrorist targets, before resigning to help her former partner and colleague, David Shayler, blow the whistle on the crimes, incompetence and lack of accountability of the spies.
Annie’s story made headlines around the world at the time. They had to go on the run around Europe and live in exile in France for three years. Her bestselling book, Spies, Lies and Whistleblowers: MI5, MI6 and the Shayler Affair was published in 2005.
Drawing on her varied experiences, Annie is now a public speaker, writer, media pundit, political campaigner, and PR consultant. 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.
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.