By John Donovan
Corporate espionage: Shell Cloak and Dagger activities spanning more than two decades – much of it directed against me
- 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.