By John Donovan
Printed below is an email my father sent to Richard Wiseman, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at Royal Dutch Shell Plc., which was also sent to Peter Voser, Chief Executive Officer and Michiel Brandjes, Company Secretary/General Counsel Corporate.
The stated subject: Royal Dutch Shell Nazi Secrets.
Knowing that my father is 93, it seems extraordinarily impolite of Mr Wiseman to not even have the courtesy to acknowledge receipt. Shell has not taken issue with the accuracy of what was stated in the article, nor raised any copyright objections.
THE EMAIL TO ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC
From: Alfred Donovan <[email protected]>
Date: 3 November 2010 17:38:24 GMT
To: [email protected]
Cc: [email protected], [email protected], John Donovan <[email protected]>
Subject: Royal Dutch Shell Nazi Secrets
Dear Mr Wiseman
You are probably already aware of the teaser article published this morning under the headline:
Coming soon: Royal Dutch Shell Nazi Secrets
I had intended to make the actual article “Royal Dutch Shell Nazi Secrets” available on the website on a password basis, so that only Shell could view it, but we have run into some technical glitches.
I have therefore supplied it as an attachment. It is far from ideal as the graphics are displaced, but the text is readable.
It is a draft and has yet to be proof read and have all the external links checks. We do not, however, foresee any major changes unless Shell indicates that any of the content is inaccurate or untrue.
Can you kindly let me know by Friday evening if you intend to take up the invitation in the teaser article? In that event, just let me know when we can reasonably expect a substantive response. There is no rush. If you say that you will need a couple of weeks, and then decide that more time is required, that would not be a problem.
If, after due consideration, you decide that there are copyright issues involved, please identity the items in question and the precise grounds on which copyright is being claimed. Some of the photographs are over 70 years old.
If we receive no response by Friday evening, we will assume that, as has been the case with other recent draft articles, Shell has no issues it wishes to raise and no objections to our publication plans for the content.
Once the draft is finalised, we will supply it to the Wiesenthal Centre and request a comment for publication with the article.
In a recent email to you concerning a counter-intelligence investigation by US authorities of alleged Shell industrial espionage in the USA, we mentioned our plan to contact UK and American politicians (MP’s and Senators etc). This plan was delayed pending the completion of this topic, which will now form an important part of the warning message being conveyed.
Photograph shows Swastika flag flying at the head office of Royal Dutch Petroleum, 30 Carel van Bylandtlaan , The Hague, during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands in World War II (From Image Database Hague Municipal)
For the record, we received from Mr Wiseman an automated acknowledgement of receipt of our email ,but no further response.