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OPL 245: SHELL MI6 LOOSE CHATTER

Introduction by John Donovan

Published below are comments by Mr Bill Campbell, the retired HSE Group Auditor of Royal Dutch Shell. His remarks are in relation to the involvement of Shell and current?/former MI6 officers in the OPL 245 skulduggery currently involving multiple regulatory and legal authorities, including the Dutch Director of Public Prosecution and Dutch Police, the UK Serious Fraud Office, Italian and Nigerian Police and Prosecutors, the US Securities And Exchange Commission, and an investigation by the US Department of Justice under The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Mr Campbell is under the impression that Shell hired MI6 officers to investigate the OPL 245 deal. In the wiretap phone call between BvB and Simon Henry on 17 Feb 2017 reference was indeed made to a forensic internal investigation by Shell of the OPL 245 deal. My reading of the situation is  that the former MI6 agents were actually involved in setting up the corrupt deal, which is the basis on which they are named in a pending criminal prosecution.

In BvB’s reference to the MI6 officers he did not refer to them as former MI6 officers. He referred to them as the people that we hired from MI6… 

Shell Corporate Affairs Security AKA Shell Global Security has had a close working relationship with MI6/Hakluyt & Company (the commercial arm of MI6) for decades. For example, Ian Forbes McCredie OBE worked for MI6, Shell and Hakluyt.

Bill’s Comments: Loose Chatter, Just you know Pub Talk

It is apparent from reading the transcript of the taped conversation between BVB and the CFO that they have (from preliminary feedback from their own internal investigation) adopted and will continue to adopt the defensive posture to dissasociate RDS Directors from the unhelpful emails from their highly skilled employees.

But are people who had previous gainful employment as MI6 agents the type of people who would commit themselves to loose chatter, gossip etc, in writing. You would suspect the latter, they were just reporting what they had dug up.

These MI6 people had years of experience, hours of training in tradecraft as spies, spies charged with the defence of this realm, Top professionals at what they were tasked by RDS to do. They were actually hired by RDS to dig up the dirt and expose the details of what was going on. So RDS it seems will expect a court to accept that 3 emails in particular from the MI6 guys which highlight how much monies was going to individuals, and that politicians were on the take, and that significant revenue would go to the then Nigerian president is to quote Ben van Burden ” just loose chatter between people in the team particularly the people we hired from MI6 who must have said things Like well, yeah, you know, I wonder who gets pay-off here and whatever, so its UNHELPFUL email exchanges, I haven’t seen them but apparently they were judged by our investigators to be, you know, just PUB TALK in emails which was stupid, but nevertheless it’s there”

Bottom line is RDS employed these expert snoopers to determine what was going on, so that at arms length they could negotiate through this complicated acquisition. Their snoopers did their job very much well, the problem for RDS is that the ex MI6 folks should have given their findings undercover to their sponsor, but they did the not. Just think, If you were the CEO or CFO of RDS would you fork out thousands of pounds a day for expert advice that amounted now you say to rumour, conjecture just PUB Talk. I don’t think so but what do you think?

Bill

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