by LloydBricks May 17, 2012
One consequence of global anger about widespread banking fraud, corruption, and environmental devastation as of late has been the creation of the online ‘gripe site’ such as those by author, blogger and self-proclaimed ‘intelligence adviser’ Robert Eringer, along with the more popular site of Royal Dutch Shell. These are websites dedicated to exposing what their writers see as unfair, illegal or corrupt behaviour by individuals or companies.
Comparing the sites, Robert Eringer’s primary website could not be more different from royaldutchshellplc.com—one of the most well known of such sites. The numerous websites of Robert Eringer are a clear piece of self- promotion; alongside the half-baked conspiracy theories and wild claims of Eringer’s own personal involvement with powerful people are links to purchase his books. These include memoirs, spy thrillers and non-fiction books. All appear to have been self-published and not very well-received.
One of Robert Eringer’s books (eloquently titled “Suck my pen,” reflecting his lack of education), is all about how to set up an effective gripe-site. This is ironic, as Robert Eringer’s own gripe site has been anything but effective. Not only have his supposed ties with the CIA been disproven, but he recently lost an on-going battle he was waging with the Principality of Monaco when it successfully sued him for slander. Court documents reveal that Robert Eringer, who on his website paints himself as a white knight in a sea of corruption, actually attempted to blackmail Prince Albert II into paying him EUR 400,000. When he failed, Robert Eringer launched a vitriolic attack on the principality.
What this case makes clear is that Robert Eringer’s gripe site isn’t about the common good in the way royaldutchshellplc.com is – it’s about Robert Eringer. What is even more disturbing is his Tumblr feed, which he seems to reserve for his wildest conspiracy theories.
While Robert Eringer website can be brushed off as ridiculous, what is sad is that it diminishes the effectiveness of legitimate gripe sites which have an important role to play in modern justice. The more people like Robert Eringer that spring up on the internet, the less effective it becomes as a medium of protest.
Comment by John Donovan of royaldutchshellplc.com
The author of the above article has made some positive remarks about our website and extremely negative comments about Robert Eringer and his gripe site activities. The author, who is apparently located in the Russian Federation, is probably unaware that my father and I consider Robert Eringer to be a friend. I have known him for several years, engaging in regular correspondence, as well as meetings in London, chats over lunch etc.
I checked Robert out on the internet after he first made contact and it quickly became apparent that he had a track record as an undercover investigator. His approach to us was similar to the basis he had used previously when approaching a target. We were therefore suspicious that he was working for Shell, particularly as we had uncovered a previous undercover operative working for Shell (which Shell lawyers admitted).
In fact we have always found Mr Eringer to be completely genuine in his relationship with us. He is a highly intelligent bon vivant with an extraordinary background and boundless energy. He also seems to be a subscriber to the adage attributed to Robert F. Kennedy: “Don’t get made, get even.”
He is currently engaged in an unprecedented war on the Internet with Prince Albert of Monaco and President Putin of Russia. The fearless Mr Eringer has published serious allegations against both individuals, which have been widely reported. He alleges that Monaco was a money-laundering haven for corrupt Russians. Eringer was hired by Prince Albert as an intelligence adviser, so he has insider knowledge.
The above article appears to be part of the heavy bombardment in mudslinging being directed at Robert Eringer. It says that his past ties with the CIA have been “disproven.”
In fact, articles from reputable publishers confirm his intelligence role in Monaco and his association with Clair George, the former deputy director for operations of the Central Intelligence Agency, for several years responsible for the CIA’s covert operations worldwide. Also Eringer’s work as a counter-espionage agent for the FBI. Prince Albert appointed Robert Eringer as his spymaster because of his contacts, experience and expertise in intelligence matters.
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