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'No leaked info should be withheld, whistleblowers risk life for it'
May 22, 2014

As a dispute is brewing in the whistleblower community on whether to name the country targeted by a massive US spying operation, former MI5 agent Annie Machon told RT the global community deserves to know information whistleblowers risk their lives for.

                                  Despite warnings doing so “could lead to increased  violence” and potentially deaths, anti-secrecy group  WikiLeaks says it plans to publish the name of a country targeted  by a massive United States surveillance operation earlier  described in The Intercept report – which only named the Bahamas as one  of the targets.

  RT: What would be the consequences if we did  know about the other country besides the Bahamas?

  Annie Machon: Well, I think the whole situation  here is very unfortunate. I would like to say upfront that I'm a  huge supporter of the model of WikiLeaks, a high tech publishing  conduit for whistleblowers at risk of persecution and  prosecution. And I'm also a huge fan of what Glenn Greenwald has  been doing over the years as a campaigning journalist, most  notably for his support of WikiLeaks and also his subsequent work  with Edward Snowden.

  But I'm looking at it from a whistleblower point of view. And I  can see some issues here I think, where the whistleblower takes a  risk, they take certain information which they feel is very much  in the public interest, which they access is not going to harm  anyone or put any lives at risk and they want it published. So as  soon as you get any sort of mainstream media or media outlet  deciding, taking it upon themselves to decide to what is being  published, then we have a sort of de facto censorship again.

  Edward Snowden risked his life in getting this information out  there. He thought it was important enough to do that, and I think  it would only be fair for that information to come out.

  RT: Right, we know it’s the Bahamas that is  one of the countries, which is then is this other country and why  by revealing its name would it cause such a disastrous impact  according to Glenn Greenwald?

  AM: Well this is a very good question. Is he a  security expert? I don’t think so. He is a fabulous campaigning  journalist, but Edward Snowden took that document to prove a  certain point, that endemic surveillance of a vulnerable country.  And I think we the people, the global population certainly  deserve to hear that.

  RT: So you think this should be revealed?  What country then are we talking about, do you think?

  AM: I do not know. I do not know, but I think  what is being revealed from this latest disclosure is that they  tend to be countries who might be targeted by the US because of  their involvement as transit countries or whatever in the war on  drugs. They are part of the cartel target list or the drug trade  target list. And I think this highlights very clearly that the US  uses not just the war on terror to invade our civil liberties and  to intercede and invade other countries around the world, but for  five decades it has been waging the war on drugs and using that  for exactly the same purpose, to take away our civil liberties.

  RT: This is disastrous for the whistleblower  community. You are a part of that community. Is this a massive  spat on the whole whistleblower initiative?

  AM: I don’t think it will be harmful to the  actual whistleblowers. More will come out despite the attempts by  US in particular, the UK and other countries, to wage this war on  whistleblowers. There will be future people of conscience coming  forward and saying, 'this is wrong, this is a war crime, this  needs to be addressed.'

  Unfortunately the spat has created a bit of a sideline away from  the actual need of the disclosures and future disclosures. And we  are seeing this action as blockage for getting information out  there, which we the people need to know. So I hope it can get  resolved. But whichever way, whistleblowers will continue to come  out as long as there is corruption and no other alternative for  them.

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My sources tell me that Trinidad, Tonga and Tobago are currently number one on the hit list.
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