We have received the latest installment of Shell internal communications relating to this website and its owners. The information has been supplied in response to a Subject Access Request to Shell under the Data Protection Act.
As always, there is some information which Shell would not want put into the public domain.
For example, further evidence of Shell leaning on newspaper publishers in relation to this website. Our regular visitors may recall that Shell was determined to kill a half page Sunday Times article about our exploits. The headline mentioned that our intervention in Sakhalin2 had cost Shell £11 BILLION (over $17 billion USA). This time we have evidence of Shell’s intent to lean on the Financial Times because of irritation that it mentioned our website in an FT article. Shell self-evidently has no regard for freedom of the press.
However we do welcome another unsolicited endorsement of royaldutchshellplc.com by a Shell official, who confirms that it is Shell’s favorite website. We guessed that this must be the case.
The relevant Shell internal emails will be published.
There is also some remarkable correspondence from several months ago revealing confidential discussions relating to us and our website, of which we had no knowledge whatsoever. Terms were discussed and a sum quoted to terminate our websites. We will have to consult with libel lawyers before considering what would be appropriate to publish. Our position is clear. We are not in litigation with Shell. We have no plans to sue Shell. We have never approached Shell on the above subject and will never do so. Interest at Shell has been expressed in bringing us “onside”. We are happy with our present position where we can continue to expose the dark side of Shell. In this connection, stay tuned. A big story is in the pipeline about Shell spooks.