No matter your opinion about Wiki-leaks and the founder of that organization, there is little doubt that the latest revelations regarding the degree of infiltration of Royal Dutch Shell into the Nigerian government have been potentially a great service to the people of Nigeria.
The release of these documents is also a PR nightmare for RD Shell. Does anyone now believe RD Shell management about the level of their involvement in the framing and execution/murder of Ken Sara Wiwa ? Clearly, RD Shell management knew exactly who was doing what and when. And they knew the Sara Wiwa was a target long before his arrest. Yet they did nothing, and warned no one of the governments plans. Appears like collusion to me.
And then there is the massive amount of bribery of Nigerian officials, in which Shell played a significant role. Given RD Shell’s level of knowledge of governmental affairs, those bribes most certainly were highly targeted pay-offs.
RD Shell has constantly and continuously lied to the public, its employees, and the shareholders of the company about the level of corporate involvement in Nigeria governmental affairs.
Given RD Shell’s successes derived from the level of penetration in the Nigerian government it is only natural and obvious that RD Shell management would try the same sort of thing elsewhere. That brings to mind the Gale Norton affair and the MMS ‘sex and drugs’ scandal, in the USA, not to mention the involvement of the FBI in their cyber surveillance operations. We only need note that that the bribery charges against Shell came after the Bush administration left office. And there there are the revelations from DoD attorneys that Shell in under investigation for espionage. My, my.
I wonder which other governments the RD Shell may have deliberately targeted and penetrated? The Irish government perhaps?
So much for RD Shell guiding business principles.
All of this gives you pause for thought, but is anyone really surprised? Be honest. I think not. My hat is off to Wiki-leaks for releasing these particular documents.