MI5 Spies Lies & Whistleblowers | Annie Machon | Podcast #271

MI5 Spies, Lies & Whistleblowers, features Annie Machon, an ex-intelligence officer & whistleblower on her former organisation’s operations.

MI5 Spies, Lies & Whistleblowers | Annie Machon

Annie Machon is a former intelligence officer for MI5 who resigned to help blow the whistle on her organisation’s clandestine operations. She is now a writer, political campaigner and highly requested public speaker.

Transcript from ‘MI5 Spies, Lies & Whistleblowers’ podcast

Annie – ,The key point is to get the balancing act of oversight and accountability within the country from which they’re operating. I’m not trying to say they’re all evil. Rogue elements that go ahead and do things without trying to get accountability, create the problem. Intelligence agencies are operating outside government and democratic control. That means they can commit crimes with impunity.

If you’re talking about 9/11, I presume you are, David was very outspoken about that. I did take an interest in the very shallow waters around that and some very credible people came out of the intelligence agencies.

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Battle Tanks & Bond Cars | Nick Duckworth | Bought The T-Shirt #245

Battle tanks & Bond cars features Royal Tank Regiment veteran, Nick Duckworth, who tells us about private contracting in Iraq and James Bond cars.

Battle Tanks & Bond Cars | Nick Duckworth Royal Tank Regiment

Nick Duckworth is a veteran Royal Tank Regiment Commander and he was part of the NATO defence during the cold-war. After leaving the military, Nick found work in Iraq as a private contractor. His team went through quite a few close calls, whilst working there. After Nick was recommended, he was put forward to become Aston Martin’s Senior Production Specialist. He introduced clients to the brand, the cars and the Aston Martin family. Nick tells us how the Aston Martin DB5 was introduced to the James Bond films. In November 2021, Nick moved to Group Lotus.

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Nick – There’s no such thing as a free lunch Chris. If you’re out there earning that sort of money, someone pays somewhere. One incident we were involved in, was the BIAP road. That stood for Baghdad International Airport road and it was about 10ks of dual carriageway. The bike road connected the international zone where the Americans, the Brits and everyone else lived.

When you left the green zone, that bit of dual carriageway just became a free-for-all. The insurgents made it known that they were going to turn that place into the most dangerous bit of road in the world. All the people that live in those areas, they’re all driving down the dualcarriageway, just like you’d expect anywhere else in the world. We were in the middle of it and on one occasion we came out of the international airport and we were getting close to the international zone. We were in four by fours at that time which fortunately were armored.

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