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Annie Machon
MI5 whistleblower who continues to ask difficult questions.
Interests: Good books, good wine, good music, and people with ideas, intelligence and integrity. Oh, and world peace!
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The end of April saw me basking in the hot and sunny weather of Geneva, where I had been invited to give a talk (Download Geneva) at the Swiss Press Club. We had a lovely time in Geneva, and many... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2012 at Annie Machon
What a mess, what a cover-up. The inquest into the sad, strange death of Gareth Williams concluded yesterday, with the coroner raising more questions than she was able to answer. It was also patently obvious that both MI6 and the... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2012 at Annie Machon
I have always been ideologically opposed to war and all the horrors that flow in its wake: agonising fear and death, famine, displacement, maiming, torture, rape, internment and the breakdown of all the hard-won values of civilised human law and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2012 at Annie Machon
Here is the film of the debate at the SKUP investigative journalism conference in Norway on 25 March 2012: Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2012 at Annie Machon
I had an immensely stimulating time during my recent mini-tour of Scandinavian investigative journalism conferences, meeting informed, interesting, and interested people. The focus of my talks was the nexus between the intelligence world and the media - lessons I had... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2012 at Annie Machon
How strange to stumble across this article in the Guardian newspaper yesterday, which describes a journalist's justifiably paranoid experiences interviewing David Shayler and me back in 2000 while writing an article for Esquire magazine. The author, Dr Eamonn O'Neill, now... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2012 at Annie Machon
My grand tour around Scandinavia continues next weekend, when I shall be giving the opening keynote at the Tutki!2012 investigative journalism conference in Helsinki. Looking forward to the conference! Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 at Annie Machon
Off on my travels again at the end of the week, with two keynotes at Scandinavian journalism conferences. I shall first be speaking at the Grav conference in Sweden on Friday 23 March. Topics under discussion will include everything from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2012 at Annie Machon
Just back from the annual United Nations happy-clappy session about drug prohibition in Vienna, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. I was there as part of the delegation from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a global campaign of serving and former... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2012 at Annie Machon
Outrage continues to swell about the peremptory extradition of British citizens to face trial on tenuous charges abroad. Thanks to the tireless campaigning of distraught family members, a growing anger in the UK press, and indignant questions and debates in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2012 at Annie Machon
Law Enforcers Say Ending Prohibition Will Improve Global Security & Human Rights VIENNA, AUSTRIA – Judges, prosecutors and jailers who support legalizing drugs are bringing their message to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting next week in Vienna.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2012 at Annie Machon
Writers of the world, beware. A new threat to our freedom of speech is looming and, for once, I am not inveighing against the Official Secrets Act. Over recent years the UK has rightly earned a pungent reputation as the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2012 at Annie Machon
An update is apparently due of the 1994 edition of the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders", the psychiatrists' bible that allows them to tick-box their patients into a disorder, and then, no doubt, prescribe Big Pharma industry drugs... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at Annie Machon
An interesting article in yesterday's Telegraph by political commentator Peter Oborne about Abu Qatada. This case has caused much sound and fury amongst the British political and media classes over the last couple of days. Oborne's article strips out the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at Annie Machon
The first case, the one hitting the headlines this week, is that of Jordanian-born alleged terrorist supremo Abu Qatada, who arrived in the UK using a forged passport almost 20 years ago and claimed asylum, and has already been found... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at Annie Machon
Here we go again. In this heartwarming article in today's Guardian newspaper, British MPs on the Home Affairs Committee have decided that the internet is the most significant factor in the radicalisation of violent extremists and conclude that Something Must... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2012 at Annie Machon
Sometimes I sit here reading the news - on subjects in which I take a deep interest such as the recent police investigation into UK spy complicity in torture, where the police decided not to prosecute - and feel that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2012 at Annie Machon
Last October I had the pleasure of speaking at the excellent Mediafabric conference in Prague. The focus of my talk was the future of intelligence, whistleblowing and journalism. The event was organised by Sourcefabric, an international organisation that provides open... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 at Annie Machon
I'm gradually coming to after a knock-out blow last October - the unexpected death of my beloved and only brother, Rich. Words cannot describe. But looking forward to the delights that 2012 will no doubt offer: Julian Assange remains trapped... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2012 at Annie Machon
I recently did the opening keynote at the Big Dig investigative journalism conference in Copenhagen. Thanks to the organisers for a wonderful weekend! Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2011 at Annie Machon
Reviewing "The Art of Betrayal" on Press TV's Epilogue with former MP Derek Conway and Glenmore Treanar-Harvey. Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2011 at Annie Machon
Off tomorrow to speak at the Mediafabric conference in Prague. Should be a good one - all about the media, journalists, technologists, designers, hackers, and all points in between! The conference has been organised by Sourcefabric, and there will be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2011 at Annie Machon
I had a fantastic time at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Kiev last weekend. A huge well done to the organisers for a great four days, and I loved having the chance to meet so many interesting and interested... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2011 at Annie Machon
A review on "Cinepolitics" of the new film of John Le Carre's classic spy novel, and its continuing relevance: Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at Annie Machon
Off to do a keynote at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Kiev. Should be interesting - watch this space. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2011 at Annie Machon