Annie Machon banner

Using Our Intelligence

Date and time: Friday 21 April, 6pm

Venue: Project room (1.06), 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh

Former MI5 officer will talk about 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 Machon

Annie Machon is a former intelligence officer for MI5, the UK Security Service, who resigned in the late 1990s to help 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, and political campaigner. She is also the European Director of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership.

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, the war on whistleblowers, internet freedoms, 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’.

Book tickets for the event