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Corporate espionage: Shell Cloak and Dagger activities

John Donovan, Co-Founder Royal Dutch Shell Plc.com

By John Donovan

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 09.22.43Corporate espionage: Shell Cloak and Dagger activities spanning more than two decades – much of it directed against me 

SHELL ALSO

  • Infiltrated spies into the Nigerian government 
  • Was responsible for covert operations against Greenpeace and other perceived enemies, using a serving secret service agent freelancing for a private spy firm closely connected with Shell
  • Employed private security contractors on the Corrib Gas Project to carry out surveillance operations in Ireland against the public and the press
  • Secretly applied pressure to The Sunday Times and The Financial Times in an attempt to suppress news coverage about me

In a recent Daily Mail article about Shell’s takeover bid for the BG Group, reference was made to a  ‘cloak and dagger’ meeting between Shell’s chief executive Ben van Beurden and the chairman of BG Group, Andrew Gould, at The Dorchester Hotel.

It was obviously an important commercially sensitive meeting, but it hardly compares with the real ‘cloak and dagger’ activity for which Shell has been responsible over the decades, some of it directed at me and my late father, Alfred Donovan.

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SAKHALIN2: How many billions of dollars did Shell lose in Russian annexation?

Chris Finlayson representing Shell and Alexander Medvedev, Gazprom’s Vice Chairman

By John Donovan

Royal Dutch Shell executive Chris Finlayson held a leadership position in Shell’s Sakhalin II project in Russia from September 2005 to September 2009.

The venture was described as “the Mother of all Projects” by the Financial Times.

When Finlayson joined the Sakhalin II project, Shell was the controlling stakeholder in the venture.

By the time he departed, Shell had lost its controlling stake and had become a junior partner in humiliating circumstances.

The Putin government found out that Shell had hidden information from them in a high level cover-up. As a Russian government minister, Oleg Mitvol, confirmed to the news media at the time, and more recently in a GERMAN TV documentary segment broadcast across Europe, I supplied that crucial insider information to him. I did so before the real nature of Putin had become apparent.  

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Shell settles Nigerian oil spills claim for $83.5 million

Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 09.02.16An AFP article published 7 Jan 2015 by Mail Online under the headline:

“Shell strikes Nigerian oil spills compensation deal”

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed a multi-million-dollar settlement to compensate 15,600 Nigerian fishermen over two serious oil spills in 2008 after a three-year legal battle, both parties announced Wednesday.

The Anglo-Dutch energy giant’s Nigerian arm has agreed to pay £55 million ($83.5 million, 70 million euros) to people in Bodo, a town in southern Nigeria, Shell and the fishermens’ London-based lawyers Leigh Day said.

The Shell Petroleum Company of Nigeria (SPDC) will pay around £35 million to the individual claimants, and a further £20 million to the community.

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Outlook uncertain for Shell’s return to the Chukchi

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By Yereth Rosen: 3 Jan 2015

Six years after dropping more than $2 billion on leases in the remote Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska, Shell has yet to drill into any oil in that icy frontier.

Plans for an audacious offshore Arctic exploration program have been stymied by litigation and adverse court rulings and a string of accidents, mishaps, mistakes and some legal violations.

But the company is seeking to make up for lost time in 2015. After scrapping plans to drill in 2014 — a decision made necessary by a federal appeals court ruling in January that found regulators had failed to properly evaluate environmental impacts of the 2008 leasing — Shell has a new and much more aggressive exploration plan it hopes to make a reality this year.

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Big Oil’s $3 Billion Homage to Nazi War Criminal

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The biggest vessel in the world, the Pieter Schelte (above) has been built by Daewoo in South Korea. Swiss company Allseas commissioned the building of the huge $1.7bn ship. Both the legs and main structure of a rig can be moved simultaneously (shown in illustration)

Article by Eamonn Fingleton published by Forbes.com: 20 December 2014

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Big Oil’s $3 Billion Homage to Nazi War Criminal

Ships don’t come bigger than the Pieter Schelte. They don’t come more controversial either. Built in Korea at a cost of nearly $3 billion, the gargantuan new ship is now sailing towards the Netherlands, where it will soon enter service in the European offshore oil industry.

A huge catamaran, it weighs 932,000 tons, a world record, and nearly 18 times the Titanic. It will lift offshore oil rigs weighing up to 48,000 tons, again a world record. So much for the technicalities – but there is, ahem, a slight political problem: the ship’s name.

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U.S. Justice Department Chilling Verdict on Shell Arctic Drilling Company

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Drilling Company Charged with Environmental and Maritime Crimes in Alaska

Noble Drilling (U.S.) LLC was charged with environmental and maritime crimes for operating the drill ship Noble Discoverer and the drilling unit Kulluk in violation of federal law in Alaska in 2012, the Department of Justice announced.

Under the terms of a plea agreement filed in federal court today, Noble will plead guilty to eight felony offenses, pay $12.2 million dollars in fines and community service payments, implement a comprehensive Environmental Compliance Plan, and will be placed on probation for four years. In addition, Noble’s parent corporation, Noble Corporation plc, headquartered in London, England, will implement an Environmental Management System for all Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs) owned or operated by Noble Corporation plc and its direct and indirect subsidiaries worldwide.

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Shell contractor faces $12.2M in environmental crime fines

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 17.18.55The drilling operator of Shell’s ill-fated drill rig that ran aground south of Kodiak Island will plead guilty to eight felony offenses and has agreed to pay $12.2 million in fines and community service payments stemming from environmental and safety violations aboard its vessels, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday.

Alaska Dispatch News article published 8 Dec 2014

The drilling operator of Shell’s ill-fated drill rig that ran aground south of Kodiak Island will plead guilty to eight felony offenses and has agreed to pay $12.2 million in fines and community service payments stemming from environmental and safety violations aboard its vessels, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday.

Noble Drilling LLC, operator of the drill ship Noble Discoverer and drilling operator of the Kulluk — which broke free from a tow during bad weather and ran aground on Dec. 31, 2012 — also will receive four years of probation and must implement a Comprehensive Environmental Compliance plan for violating federal environmental and maritime law in 2012, according to a release from Karen Loeffler, U.S. Attorney for Alaska.

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SHELL DEFAMATION CASE HAS PROFOUND IMPLICATIONS

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In 2009, Shell Oil Co. was facing allegations of international bribery in Nigeria. It told federal prosecutors that one of its employees approved and facilitated the bribes and then lied about his role to company lawyers. In 2010, the case took an unexpected turn. The employee, senior petroleum engineer Robert Writt, sued for defamation. He claimed that the energy giant’s allegations were lies that slandered his good reputation.

By John Donovan

Shell has attracted a huge amount of unwelcome attention to its company culture of  corruption as a result of making defamatory comments about a former employee, Robert Writt. Basically it ruthlessly tried to make him a  scapegoat.

Mr Writt contacted my late father, Alfred Donovan, in August 2009. Many people, including former Shell employees mistreated by Shell, make contact with us.

Shell destroyed his reputation in an attempt to cover-up the truth and minimise financial consequences to Shell. A penalty imposed on Shell was cut by half, from $60 million to $30 million.

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John Donovan selection of Shell related articles

John Donovan, founder Royal Dutch Shell Plc.com

John Donovan, Co-Founder Royal Dutch Shell Plc.com

John Donovan, Shell Singapore Make Money game, 1985

John Donovan, Shell Singapore Make Money game, 1985.

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LINK: John Donovan, Video of Shell games, 1985

From left to right: Stephen Howarth, Joost Jonker; Keetie E. Sluyterman, Joost Dankers and Jan Luiten van Zanden

From left to right: Stephen Howarth, Joost Jonker; Keetie E. Sluyterman, Joost Dankers and Jan Luiten van Zanden: All well paid.

John Chambers, Managing Director of Don Marketing, 1984

John Chambers, Managing Director of Don Marketing, 1984

Roger Sotherton (left) and John Chambers, both directors of Don Marketing 1984

Roger Sotherton (left) and John Chambers, both directors of Don Marketing 1984

Ken Brown, Operations Director of Don Marketing, 1984

Ken Brown, Operations Director of Don Marketing, 1984

Ken Brown, Operations Director of Don Marketing, 1984

Ken Brown, Operations Director of Don Marketing, 1984

Roger Sotherton, Marketing Director, Don Marketing: 1984

Roger Sotherton, Marketing Director, Don Marketing: 1984

John Donovan, Chairman, Don Marketing 1984. Best known for games supplied to Shell

John Donovan, Chairman, Don Marketing 1984. Best known for promotional games such as Make Money and Make Merry supplied to Royal Dutch Shell

John Donovan, Chairman, Don Marketing 1984. Best known for promotional games such as Make Money and Make Merry supplied to Royal Dutch Shell

John Donovan, Chairman, Don Marketing 1984. Best known for promotional games such as Make Money and Make Merry supplied to Royal Dutch Shell

Ken Brown, Operations Director of Don Marketing, the agency that created games for Shell

Ken Brown, Operations Director of Don Marketing, the agency that created games for Shell

Valerie Hewitt, Don Marketing 1984

Valerie Hewitt, Don Marketing 1984

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Sven Olsen, Don Marketing 1984

Shell Marketing Development Manager, Ken Danson, 1984

Shell Marketing Development Manager, Ken Danson, 1984

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Don Redhead, a founding director of Don Marketing, seeding major prizes into Shell Mastermind Game at Dobson & Crowther, in 1984. Screenshot from BBC TV Money Programme.

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Shell Memorabilia

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New revelations in Shell Corrib Gas Corruption Scandal

Now Superintendent Thomas Murphy has approached OSSL saying that he is going to investigate. He has presented himself “as an independent person to the ongoing issues in Co Mayo” with clean hands. I can only guess that he did not receive a share of the free booze received from Shell by hundreds of his fellow County Mayo Garda police officers. With all due respect to Superintendent Murphy, he can hardly be described as “independent”. However, if Superintendent Murphy decides to press ahead, the first person he should approach is Detective Chief Superintendent John Gilligan. He should ask Gilligan if he personally helped unload a delivery of alcohol at Bellmullet Garda station. (He did) If Gilligan declines to answer without first seeking advice from his lawyer, that alone would speak volumes. Superintendent Murphy may also wish to ask Gilligan and the other Garda who offloaded the free booze, who paid for it, who delivered it and who ended up drinking it?

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Verdict on Royal Dutch Shell CFO Simon Henry

Shell internal email correspondence irrefutably proves that Simon Henry was aware in March 2002 that “reserves bookings were made that should not have been made”. Walter van de Vijver, the “sick and tired” Chief Executive of Shell EP, gave the information directly to him. As can be seen in the email, Walter van de Vijver aggressively accused Mr Henry of setting targets that were near impossible to achieve. The question arises of whether Mr Henry was a culprit, an accomplice, or an innocent bystander.

By John Donovan

INTRODUCTION

We have published a series of articles about the starring role of Simon Henry in the Royal Dutch Shell reserves scandal.

Shell internal email correspondence irrefutably proves that Simon Henry was aware in March 2002 that “reserves bookings were made that should not have been made”. Walter van de Vijver, the “sick and tired” Chief Executive of Shell EP, gave the information directly to him. Walter van de Vijver accused Mr Henry of setting targets that were near impossible to achieve.

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Reputational damage to Peter Voser

By John Donovan

The mainstream news media is reporting that the reputational damage to Peter Voser and the Shell board arising from the Arctic meltdown is huge. The fact that Shell’s leadership is hopelessly incompetent comes as no surprise to us. No competent board with an ounce of commercial commonsense would allow this website to continue in existence, bearing in mind the damage it has done to Shell over the years by providing an outlet for Shell insider leaks. A Shell official has admitted our success in humiliating the company. Watts was a disaster, Jeroen van der Veer meekly surrendered Shell’s controlling stake in the Sakhalin II project and Voser has now been exposed as a hypocritical fat cat who poured scorn on BP, instead of minding his own ship. Why did Shell rehire Voser in the first place? Surely it would have been better to find someone not tainted by financial scandal to lead Shell after the reserves fraud?

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Canada natives sue Shell over oil sands funding

Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:43pm EST

* Community seeks C$1.5 million, citing blocked requests

* Shell says has spent more than C$200 mln

Nov 30 (Reuters) – A Canadian native group is suing Royal Dutch Shell Plc for what it said was a failure by the oil major to live up to environmental funding agreements tied to Shell’s massive northern Alberta oil sands developments.

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation seeks C$1.5 million ($1.47 million) from Shell for allegedly blocking requests for money to be used for sustainable development and education initiatives in the community under agreements made in 2003 and 2006.

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Evidence Shell is prepared to settle litigation on moral grounds

By John Donovan

As we are approaching the 20th anniversary of our spectacular falling out with Shell, involving Six High Court cases, a County Court action and unsuccessful proceedings issued by Shell via The World Intellectual Property Organisation, I have been looking at some of the past correspondence in connection with articles we intend to publish.

Parties contemplating or currently in litigation with Shell may be interested to know that the oil giant claims that it has settled litigation on moral grounds.

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Hypocrisy of Shell CEO Peter Voser on BP Gulf of Mexico disaster

By John Donovan

In October, the Daily Mail reported a “blistering attack on beleaguered rival BP over the devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill.”

EXTRACT FROM THE ARTICLE

Peter Voser said his company would never have made the mistakes that led to the death of 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon rig and the biggest environmental disaster in US history.

‘Shell clearly would have drilled this well in a different way and would have had more options to prevent the accident from happening,’ he said.”

We now know that this was hogwash.

Tom Feilden, the science correspondent on the BBC Radio 4 “Today” programme, reported in December 2010 “A near miss for the North Sea oil Industry“.

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Dr Huong defence against Royal Dutch Shell defamation action

It will soon be apparent to our readers from the extracts below, why Shell settled the Dr Huong litigation out of court. A very considerable pile of extremely smelly internal dirty laundry that Shell definitely did not want aired in open court, even in Malaysia.

By John Donovan

Dr John Huong, a former Shell geologist of almost 30 years standing was the FIRST SHELL employee to blow the whistle on the Shell reserves fraud (and other important issues relating to the misdeeds of Royal Dutch Shell management). He was not prepared to tolerate  the lives of Shell employees being recklessly put at risk.

As a result Shell was determined to silence him at all costs. Hence the unprecedented spectacle of EIGHT Royal Dutch Shell companies collectively bringing a defamation action against one former employee – an unemployed Malaysian who had no prospect whatsoever of finding alternative employment in his profession while the litigation cloud hung over the heads of himself and his family for several years.

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Dr John Huong Index

Several years have now passed. Shell has spent tons of shareholder funds on draconian defamation legal proceedings with related injunctions and demands for the imprisonment of Dr. Huong. Ironically, despite a settlement between the parties, the same information is still being published on the same website. The litigation was a complete waste of time and money.

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NAZI SECRETS EXPOSED

Royal Dutch Shell Nazi Secrets. Irrefutable evidence that Shell conspired directly with Hitler, heavily financed the Nazi Party, was anti-Semitic and sold out its own Dutch Jewish employees to the Nazis

MORE ABOUT SHELL: THE MOST EVIL COMPANY ON THE PLANET?

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U.S. Dept. of Defense Confirms NCIS Espionage Investigation of Shell

Following my email correspondence with a U.S. intelligence source, and clearance obtained by that source from U.S. Dept. of Defense government attorneys, that source was authorized to confirm that an investigation directed at Shell USA was indeed initiated by the US Department of the Navy, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

Lady Lydia Deterding and Hitler

New York Daily News Thursday 29 July 1999 Gossip Column

Headline: BIDDER SWEET NIGHT FOR LEO

BY GEORGE RUSH AND JOANNA MOLLOY WITH MARCUS BARAM and MARC S MALKIN

Oil behemoth that must evolve

Extract from The Observer 20 December 1998 page 34

Article headline: Oil behemoth that must evolve

Our pdf file The Observer 20 December 1998 Page 34

Sir Henri Deterding described by Hitler as a ‘great friend of the germans’

The Glasgow Herald 1 October 1940 page 3

Deterding £1,000,000 donation to Nazi Germany

The Manchester Guardian Tuesday 29 December 1936 Page 9

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£1,000.000 TO BUY FOOD

Helping Germany

SIR H. DETERDING PROVIDES MONEY

The report is published in the official Nazi newspaper “Angriff,” under the headline “Deterding Plans Gigantic Gift of Foodstuff for the “Winter Help.”

£1,100,000 Gift to Germany FOR FOOD PURCHASE

The Scotsman – Tuesday, 29 December 1936, Page 9

Deterding 4 day meeting with Hitler in Berchtesgaden

The Montreal Gazette 26 October 1934 Page 2

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