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Shell being blackmailed?

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 08.24.58UPDATED FRIDAY 24 OCTOBER 2014 – SEE BLUE TEXT BELOW

ORIGINAL ARTICLE PUBLISHED 22 OCTOBER 2014

By John Donovan

There is evidence, some of it covertly obtained, that Royal Dutch Shell Plc may be the victim of a sustained blackmail operation.

Shell has not called in the police to investigate. Why not? Because certain information held by the party making repeated money demands to Shell, including directly to Ben van Beurden and other senior Shell executives, is true and if the current cover-up unravels, will result in a scandal of epic proportion involving Shell and a host government.

I am in possession of extraordinary evidence and have no intention of being silenced. If Shell does not call in the police, I will do so myself and hand over the entire evidence for investigation.

Mr Michiel Brandjes, the Company Secretary and General Counsel Corporate, is fully aware of this matter, which involves top executives at Shell.

Peter Voser, Ben van Beurden and Jorma Ollila have all had direct contact with the party making the money demands.

The question of a possible breach of fiduciary duty by Royal Dutch Shell executives may arise from the lack of proper action by Shell to protect shareholder interests.

More information will be added here as the situation develops. 

UPDATED THURSDAY 23rd OCTOBER 2014 

I know from insider sources and can prove it, that Shell senior management is in crisis mode on this matter as a result of the content of an email I sent to a law firm last Saturday, 18 October and copied to Mr Michiel Brandjes, my designated contact at Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

If Shell is being blackmailed, as I have strong grounds to suspect, then I doubt that any blackmailer in history has made as many demands for payment, nor at such a high level in a targeted corporation.

I gave the law firm and Shell 14 days to take action before I intended to do so myself. Given the lack of even a brief acknowledgement and taking into account developments inside Shell, I may move forward with my own plans to put the relevant evidence about this complex sleazy affair into the hands of the appropriate judicial authorities in the coming days without waiting any longer.

It is incredible to me as a Shell shareholder that senior Shell management has tried to ignore the pressure being applied to the company on an international basis.

It is a fact that all four of the top Royal Dutch Shell Plc board level executives named above have personally spoken with the party trying to extort money from the company. The blackmail allegation is based partly on a confidential Shell document supplied to me and related covertly obtained evidence, all of which is in my possession.

Suffice to say that I have, as a result of this story, received written warnings about my personal safety and security.

UPDATED FRIDAY 24 OCTOBER 2014

As anticipated, I have now received multiple threats from a law firm. The threats are designed to frighten me into not handing over important evidence to government and judicial authorities (along with a request for a police investigation). I have responded in a robust manner and invited the law firm to take action. As Shell knows, I don’t respond well to threats. As far as I know, the law firm does not represent Shell, but Shell is actively involved in applying pressure. Mr Michiel Brandjes is fully aware of today’s sinister development.

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Shell today announced a frontier exploration discovery offshore Gabon, West Africa. 

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“Shell has been exploring in Gabon for over 50 years. This latest deep water discovery is a testament to the innovation of our explorers in pursuing new plays, and application of our global sub-surface expertise,” said Andy Brown, Shell Upstream International Director. “We are proud to be sharing this success with CNOOC Limited, our partner in the licence.”

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“My thoughts are with his wife and family, and his many thousands of colleagues at Total,” he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Energy Minister Alexander Novak and French President Francois Hollande have also expressed their condolences over de Margerie’s death.

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The Irish Examiner reports that Shell has announced that it will provide high quality broadband for Mayo and Galway in Ireland. The 132 kilometres of high capacity fibre optic cable will run alongside the Corrib Gas pipeline. The Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny was present and gushing at the launch.

However, by a sheer fluke, “some people in the towns of Rossport and Pullathomas, north of the terminal, who have battled the pipeline for almost a decade, won’t see any of the benefit.” Betty Schult of the Kilcommon Lodge in Pullathomas told TheJournal.ie that the move is “propaganda”. “It’s a pittance in comparison to the damage they have done to the environment. It’s beside the point. (Extracts from a news report in the journal.ie)

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Shell to Sea dismisses Shell’s announcement that it will provide €750,000 installing fibre-optic broadband as a fistful of beads and baubles in comparison with the billions of euros worth of gas that was gifted to them in the Corrib Gas field. 

Former Managing Director of the Corrib Gas project, Brian O’Cathain previously stated in 2010 “That Corrib will never pay tax”.

Maura Harrington stated “Shell says it will spend €750,000 (tax deductible), big deal. Shell again clicks its fingers and Enda Kenny comes toadying to do the needful.”

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