Sergei Skripal: Ex-MI5 agent says intelligence agencies dropped the ball

Annie Machon says she is fearful about her own safety in light of the Sergei Skripal affair

Annie Machon spoke to James Whale about the ongoing Sergei Skripal saga

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A former MI5 agent has said the security services "dropped the ball" in their mission to protect Sergei Skripal.

Annie Machon spoke to James Whale about the failures that led to Skripal's poisoning in Salisbury, Wiltshire last week.

Machon, who was forced to live in France for several years in the late 1990s after quitting MI5 and attempting to blow the whistle on the agency's alleged crimes, said that Theresa May been urged by MI6 to take a hard-line approach on Vladimir Putin.

She also reflected on life and bribes after leaving MI5, telling us, somewhat cryptically, "this stuff doesn't just happen in James Bond films."

Machon even revealed that recent developments have made her "twitchy" about her own safety.

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