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Annie Machon is a former intelligence officer for the UK's MI5, who resigned in 1996 to blow the whistle. She is now a writer, public speaker and a Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

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The new generation of whistleblowers who learnt their lessons from the Manning case

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And I take heart from that. a system that we all use can be used to spy on us whether those companies know it or not. I mean when I was involved in whistleblowing 15 years ago with David Shayler who blew the whistle on illegal MI6 assassination plots and things. The fact that he has fled the USA. is he exaggerating here? AM: No. the disclosures he is making. Scandal. means that we have no privacy whatsoever. I would call this Whistleblowing 2. As soon as you get into this situation where the nuts and bolts with the internet. How will the CIA and NSA react to this? Annie Machon: I think he is in for a rough know first-hand the reaction of a security service. And also all credit to the journalists. absolutely not.0. it wasn’t just David who went to prison twice. So I think from what I can see Edward Snowden has actually taken very careful steps to protect those closest to him. The fact that he has been working with journalists of Glenn Greenwald's caliber. Facebook and all. I think it’s been very. Law.. RT: Does Edward Snowden have good reason to fear for his family's safety .he says he can't sleep at night. CIA spend tax money on propping up drug production 60 Boston Backlash: Britain’s IRA terrorism experience holds lessons for US 20 Anonymous ops ‘a new front in protest’ 17 Extradition zombie 10 . And once we have no privacy on the internet we then lose any sense of freedom to express ourselves How MI6. like Google. because what the NSA is doing is turning the USA and by de-facto the rest of the world into a Big Brother surveillance state. why it’s important.Technology. But I have to say that the way he has run the whole exposure and disclosure of the crimes of the NSA and what they are doing against the American people and the rest of the world people has been very sophisticated. And obviously he'll have taken on board the sort of techno security issues that he needs to think about and also the extradition issues that he needs to think about. why people need to listen to what he saying. very well done. it wasn’t just me who got arrested. It was also an ever-widening circle of his friends and family and journalists who were arrested and in some cases convicted for daring to expose the truth of the spy crimes. RT: Why do you think he has done it? AM: Well. Npsf !cz!Boojf Nbdi po ‘Woolwich-style attacks to become one of the main ways people protest’ 38 RT: You've been in Snowden's shoes . USA against US persecution. And the message he is putting out now: why he's doing it. he is now in Hong Kong.. former MI-5 agent Annie Machon told RT speaking about the man behind the massive NSA surveillance leak. will go public having an emergency plan Mass media. Internet.

the implication. after Snowden. RT: How does it reach a point where the organization you are working for becomes so bad you have to go public? Why couldn’t – and I sound idealistic I know – this be dealt with in-house? AM: Well. or the Middle East or Central Asia? People are worried about this. RT: And now. So I think normal young people within the intelligence agencies are going to think: Well. This happens time and time again. that they are not winning the war of the desire for information to be free. Bradley Manning being just one of them. We lose our freedom to download information and ingest information openly. often people who do blow the whistle do try to deal with it . to be informed. or Libya. I would hope that the Obama administration has learnt by prosecuting and persecuting multiple whistleblowers. So we lose free society. And that’s the situation we are facing. actually we are doing this for good reasons not bad reasons.openly. Free thought requires free media. do you think we are going to see more? AM: Of course. So I think the way this story is playing out is showing us a sort of lessons learnt from the terrible tragedy of the Bradley Manning case. And they will speak out. And I hope that Edward Snowden will be much safer and will have a fair hearing and not have to go through the same experience. AFP Photo / Spencer Platt RT: Is his fate now going to mirror that of Bradley Manning? AM: I would hope not. And as the powers of the state and corporative state become greater people will become more concerned about civil liberties not just within their own countries but also the implications around the world: what happens in Syria. the desire for people to need the information.

The only other way in this Internet age. you are told to shut up. The statements. So. And it’s been very well done. not rock the boat and just follow orders. You go to your boss and you say “this is wrong”. To get justice through that transparency but also to provide a certain degree of safety and protection for yourself as well while you are doing it and that’s what I think is going on house. you say “we should learn from mistakes made” or whatever it is. I think. Like 449 Tw eet 48 subm it Stum 3 Dpn n f ou t Bee!dpn n f ou By posting your comment. And that’s our major problem. And they tell you just to shut up. views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT. for it to go public and get the maximum exposure. terrorist suspects. or comment anonymously under character-limit restriction. or to kidnap and torture people. or to draw up CIA drone kill list. I can imagine – what I did was 15 years ago – but now particularly we are looking into a situation where intelligence agencies are being asked to spy on fellow citizens. Text 100 • . I mean certainly we did. you agree to abide by our Posting rules Log in to comment in full. And we have a situation now where young people are going to be coming into this and thinking: “Is this right? Should we be doing this to our fellow human beings? And if it is not right what can we do?” Raise it with the boss? That goes nowhere.

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