We knew that Shell took seriously the leaks of information and Shell internal documents which have been supplied to us over several years by Shell employees. This was plain from Shell internal documents the company has been legally obliged to disclose to us.
We did not know just how seriously, until information reached us recently from a Shell Corporate Security source.
Leaked Shell Corporate intelligence documents now in our possession cover Shell’s security plans until 2014.
This is evidence that Shell’s counter-measures have not been entirely successful.
The email below was sent yesterday evening to the Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. We also sent copies to Peter Voser and Malcolm Brinded. The draft article contains revelations about Shell’s cloak and dagger activities, including infiltrating Shell spies into host governments.
The “CAS” mentioned in the email is an abbreviation for Shell Corporate Affairs Security.
We will publish the article at midnight UK time tonight unless we receive a response from Shell before then, or receive notification of a High Court Injunction blocking publication.
Dear Mr Brandjes
Printed below is a self-explanatory draft article.
I have supplied as an attachment the sample CAS Intel Summary document mentioned in the article, which we plan to make accessible online.
Please advise if Shell has any objections to publication of this document, and if so, on what grounds? Obviously we do not want to put anyone at risk, though we cannot see that this would be the case, as the intel information is not current.
As usual, Shell is invited to supply for publication on an unedited basis, any comments you wish to make on this matter. You are also invited to point out any factual inaccuracies, so that appropriate action can be taken before publication.
Please let me know if you need time to consider this matter, in which case kindly indicate when a substantive response is likely to be supplied. We are, as always, more interested in accuracy than expeditious publication.
If, however, I receive no indication from you within the next 24 hours that a substantive response is being prepared, I will assume that Shell has no objection to publication, fully accepts the accuracy of what is stated in the article and does not challenge the authenticity of the Intel Summary Document.