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Worlds biggest breach of employee data – Shell or Morrisons?

“We are in possession of a massive database containing contact information for every Shell employee throughout the world.  It was supplied by an organized group of over 100 Shell employees from the USA, the UK and the Netherlands intent on a corporate revolution inside your company.” By John Donovan The news media has reported that […]

A Unique Relationship With Shell

Because of the “” domain name, we regularly receive job applications, business proposals, pension enquiries, and sometimes even terrorist threats meant for Shell. We deal with all such matters as agreed with Mr Brandjes, sometimes corresponding with third parties on behalf of Shell, occasionally passing on correspondence to him.  We have been offered oil wells […]


By John Donovan Shell has for many years supposedly operated within an ethical code which, according to its current webpage on the subject, was first published in 1976. This does not tally with the relevant pages in “A HISTORY OF ROYAL DUTCH SHELL, Volume 3,” about the history of the code – known in […]

Editorial Integrity of “A History of Royal Dutch Shell”

“In fact all three Shell members of the editorial committee, Watts, Van der Veer and Munsiff, had form in the culture of corporate cover-up and were therefore ideal from the standpoint of Shell to have editorial influence over inclusion (or non-inclusion) of the dark side of Shell’s history and how that information was treated (spun?)“ […]

Question mark over legal status of Royal Dutch Shell Business Principles

FROM OUR SEPT 2005 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE Question mark over legal status of Royal Dutch Shell Statement of General Business Principles “The development may also be of interest to the Rossport Five jailed in Ireland at Shell’s behest after making a stand on environmental grounds.” Friday 9 September 2005: 10.00am ET By John Donovan Comments […]


Because of the domain name, we receive job applications, business proposals, pension enquiries, even threats meant for Shell (as supplied today). We deal with all such matters as agreed with Mr Brandjes, sometimes corresponding with the parties on behalf of Shell, occasionally passing on correspondence to him.  We have been offered oil wells and […]

Royal Dutch Shell attempt to undermine anti-corruption initiative

Royal Dutch Shell has taken action in an attempt to neutralize planned anti-corruption transparency rules that would force Shell, and other natural resource companies, to disclose all payments to foreign regimes. By John Donovan The Financial Times reports that Royal Dutch Shell has taken action in an attempt to neutralize planned anti-corruption transparency rules that […]

Showa Shell Sekiyu to decide on Iranian oil after Japan-U.S. talks

Shell (Showa Shell) petrol station in Japan (Mainichi Japan) February 15, 2012 TOKYO (Kyodo) — Major Japanese oil company Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. said Tuesday it will decide on whether to cut oil imports from Iran after seeing the outcome of bilateral talks between Japan and the United States. Showa Shell Sekiyu is the largest […]

Shell arch-critic emailed over 400 Royal Dutch Shell senior execs

In a front page lead story in the Financial Times, our site was properly credited with breaking news of the restructuring plans of Peter Voser. FROM OUR ARCHIVE: EXTRACT FROM A RELATED EMAIL MESSAGE SENT BY JOHN DONOVAN TO OVER 400 SENIOR SHELL EXECUTIVES Congratulations! I am writing to offer our best wishes on your […]

Integrity of Wikipedia corporate articles corrupted by editing scandal

On 12th October 2010, I published an article containing the warning: “…it is only a matter of time before the culture of subterfuge and deception at Wikipedia results in a scandal.” My prediction has come to pass… By John Donovan Jimmy Wales is to be congratulated on being the joint founder of Wikipedia and for […]


By John Donovan “France’s state energy firm EDF has been fined €1.5m by a Paris court for spying on Greenpeace.” “The energy company’s former security chief was sentenced to three years in prison for employing a firm to hack into the energy watchdog’s computers.” See Guardian article “EDF fined €1.5m for spying on Greenpeace” from […]

Banter with Michiel Brandjes of Royal Dutch Shell Plc

By John Donovan On Friday I sent an email to Mr Michiel Brandjes (right), Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. It had a subject – “Gannet Oil Spill: Document Authenticity” – but no content.  It was sent by mistake. It prompted the subsequent self-explanatory email correspondence. EMAIL RESPONSE FROM MR […]

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 […]


Equally unforeseen, a CAS spook involved in the investigation of leaks to our website, has subsequently leaked information directly to us, including top secret Shell internal intel documents, one of which, we have already published.


By Alfred Donovan As a result of proceedings Shell International brought against me in May 2005 via The World Intellectual Property Organization, we carried out a financial investigation of the setting up of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. We discovered from Companies House documents that the company is the offspring of an off-the-shelf company – FORTHDEAL […]

Shell tried to lean on Time Magazine

By John Donovan Our applications compelling Shell to supply us with Shell internal documents in which we are mentioned, has generated some very revealing information, especially in regards to Shell bullying and manipulating the news media. We have previously published articles revealing Shell’s intent to “kill” a half-page story about this website that The Sunday […]

Fond memories of Mr Justice Eady, the privacy law judge

By John Donovan Mr Justice Eady is the High Court Judge accused of being responsible for “bringing in a privacy law by the back door with a series of “arrogant and amoral” judgments…“ Personally, I have fond memories of Mr Justice Eady. Royal Dutch Shell may take a different view. On 18th April 1998 I […]

£250,000 to close down anti-Shell website

By John Donovan We have recently received information from Shell in response to our 2011 SAR application under the Data Protection Act. It always contains some surprises, and this time is no exception. Unbeknown to us, Shell engaged in email correspondence in September/October 2010 with an unknown third party, a business owner, on the subject […]

Shell’s intent to lean on the Financial Times

By John Donovan This is the first story arising from the 2010 crop of Shell internal communications Shell was legally obliged to supply to us following a further application under the Data Protection Act. It provides evidence of Shell’s intent to lean on a major newspaper publisher in connection with an article published on this […]

Donovans v. Royal Dutch Shell

By John Donovan Printed below is our most recent correspondence with Royal Dutch Shell Plc. It is self-explanatory. From: John Donovan <[email protected]> Date: 2 February 2011 14:47:14 GMT To: [email protected] Cc: [email protected] Subject: Section 7 (1) of the Data Protection Act To: Mr. Gavin White Company Secretarial Department Shell International Limited Dear Mr. White Section […]

Shell quizzes all advisers on corruption policies

THE LAWYER 24 January 2011 | By Catrin Griffiths Shell has upped the ante on anti-corruption prior to this year’s implementation of the Bribery Act by extending its scrutiny to law firms that advise third parties involved in joint ventures, and therefore are not employed by the company. Shell chief ethics and compliance officer Richard […]

Dr John Huong: Donovan correspondence with Royal Dutch Shell

At the age of 90 and with numerous aliments, the thought of ending up in a small room with only iron bars for a view and without air conditioning in a tropical climate, is not much of an incentive to make the trip. In other words, while pretending that my presence in court in Malaysian […]

Words of warning from a Shell whistleblower

By John Donovan EXTRACTS FROM THE WISE WORDS OF SHELL WHISTLEBLOWER DR JOHN HUONG PROHIBITED BY THE MALAYSIAN COURTS FROM PUBLICATION ON THIS WEBSITE Correspondence between Sir Mark Moody Stuart and Mr Richard Wiseman… shows the actual mentality of Shell Management in high places. This behaviour was inevitably imitated by executives in operating companies who […]

Shell to investigate fraud, contract corruption, bribery, money-laundering and organised crime inside the Shell Group

Extracts from an article we published in January 2007. It is evident from the recent news of Shell being mired in endemic corruption in Nigeria, that the anti-corruption campaign was just another illusion conjured up by the Shell propaganda ministry to fool disillusioned investors in the wake of the reserves fraud. Organised crime investigations should […]

An eventful year for Royal Dutch Shell

Photograph of senior Shell official Richard Wiseman, right, was kindly offered and supplied by him for display on this website.This happened when he was still fond of us. LEAFLET DISTRIBUTED TO SHELL EMPLOYEES AT THE SHELL CENTRE LONDON TODAY, MONDAY 13 DECEMBER 2010 As notified in advance to Mr Richard Wiseman, Chief Ethics & Compliance […]

Can Royal Dutch Shell be trusted by America?

Mr Michiel Brandjes, the Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate of Royal Dutch Shell Plc has had advance sight of this email and therefore the opportunity to correct any inaccuracy, or seek an injunction to prevent it being circulated. The fact that you are now reading it means that Shell has not taken action to challenge the facts as stated herein.

Email to Peter Voser concerning Royal Dutch Shell Nazi Secrets

By John Donovan Printed below is an email my father sent to Richard Wiseman, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at Royal Dutch Shell Plc., which was also sent to Peter Voser, Chief Executive Officer and Michiel Brandjes, Company Secretary/General Counsel Corporate. The stated subject: Royal Dutch Shell Nazi Secrets. Knowing that my father is 93, […]

Royal Dutch Shell Nazi Secrets: Introduction

Royal Dutch Shell Nazi Secrets: Introduction

Royal Dutch Shell Nazi Secrets: Authors relationship with Shell

Royal Dutch Shell Nazi Secrets: Authors extraordinary relationship with Shell

Swastika flag flying at the head office of Royal Dutch Petroleum

Photograph shows Swastika flag flying at the head office of Royal Dutch Petroleum, 30 Carel van Bylandtlaan , The Hague, during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands in World War II (From Image Database Hague Municipal) BY ALFRED DONOVAN LATER TODAY WE WILL BE PUBLISHING “ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NAZI SECRETS” – ALL NINE PARTS. A […]

Shell’s dilemma in denying death threats against its Corrib employees

Email from John Donovan to Republic of Ireland Chief Police Commissioner Fachtna Murphy From: John Donovan <[email protected]> Date: 26 October 2010 21:35:00 GMT+01:00 To: [email protected] Cc: [email protected] Subject: Corrib Gas Project Alleged Death Threats For the Attention of Republic of Ireland Chief Police Commissioner Fachtna Murphy Dear Commissioner Murphy For the sake of transparency, I […]

Reported death threats against Shell Corrib employees

Self-explanatory email sent to Republic of Ireland Chief Police Commissioner Fachtna Murphy reporting alleged death threats against Shell Corrib employees From: John Donovan <[email protected]> Date: 26 October 2010 19:15:36 GMT+01:00 To: [email protected] Subject: Alleged death threats made to Shell Corrib Employees For the Attention of Republic of Ireland Chief Police Commissioner Fachtna Murphy Dear Commissioner […]

Alleged death threats against whistleblower Shell Corrib employees

By John Donovan Earlier today I sent an email to Richard Wiseman, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc advising him of alleged death threats made against Shell Corrib employees, who for some months have been leaking Shell internal emails to us, which we have published. I supplied to Mr Wiseman the […]

Shell Corrib Gas Project, Bertie Ahern and Corruption

VIDEO FEATURING COMMENTARY BY FORMER ROYAL DUTCH SHELL EXECUTIVE, PADDY BRIGGS httpv:// By John Donovan In the video above, *Paddy Briggs quotes from the minutes of a meeting of Royal Dutch Shell Group Managing Directors held on 23 July 2003 (MARKED “MOST CONFIDENTIAL”. “It was noted that development of the Corrib field may be […]

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).

Alleged Shell industrial espionage in USA: Oct 2010 email correspondence with Shell

Unclassified US Federal records show those patent applications were classified by US military authorities. Hence the involvement of U.S. investigative authorities when the former Shell USA employee became aware, as a result of a tip-off from a former Shell USA colleague, and later confirmed by Mr. Matt Waldrop, of the law firm Vethan & Waldrop, a contract intellectual property law firm employed by Shell USA, of a Shell USA industrial espionage operation targeting his (classified) intellectual property. Shell USA was supposedly one of Vethan & Waldrop’s major industrial clients and the stated role of that law firm, and Mr. Waldrop, was to advise Shell USA and to assist Shell USA legal counsel in preparing civil litigation against this former employee.

Shell Pakistan business ethics under attack

Junior employees of Shell Pakistan are scared, as their fate is unclear, as was the case of Shell Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti in 2008 and they may also end up being left to protest against being SOLD like slaves. Dear John Donovan, I joined Pakistan Burma Shell almost 30 years ago as a fitter. I […]

Shell Corrib Gas Project flood of leaked internal emails

By John Donovan I have published below Shell internal emails and minutes of a meeting, all relating to the Shell led Corrib Gas Project in Ireland. All of the items been supplied by a group of Shell Corrib employees who wish to be known as “Celtic Tiger 5?. This is what they claim: We are […]

Shell Corrib employee group leaking information to website

We are Celtic Tiger 5 who are current shell employees working in/or for Shell Ireland. We represent HSE, Commercial, IT, Construction and are interested in spreading correct information to the outside world and our fellow citizens in the West. Please feel free to publish this information on your website with our introduction… By John Donovan […]

A close call for Shell on North Sea platform

On 11 May 2010, just weeks after the Gulf of Mexico disaster, Shell had a very narrow escape on the NAM-L13-FE North Sea platform that could have killed many people. There were 71 persons present at the time of the incident. Fortunately, none were injured. There was however significant damage to the platform. Article by […]

Leaked Shell internal emails reveal concern over Corrib subsea wells

By John Donovan Published below is my self-explanatory correspondence with Royal Dutch Shell ethics boss Richard Wiseman, over the latest installment of leaked Shell internal emails, this time relating to the highly sensitive topic of the Corrib Gas Project in Ireland. More will follow. The project has been dogged by controversy, including the jailing at […]

Shell declines to comment on alleged industrial espionage targeting U.S. Navy Dept

By John Donovan Printed below is email correspondence with Mr Richard Wiseman, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. I am grateful to him for his response. It seems reasonable to conclude in view of his response, that there is substance to astonishing allegations of Shell industrial espionage in the USA directed […]

Shell Apologises for Human Rights Violations in Niger Delta

httpv:// Today, Royal Dutch Shell is holding back the tears no more. Shell apologises to all inhabitants of Nigeria’s Niger Delta for the many years of human rights violations, for which Shell takes full responsibility. Confronted with massive evidence of human rights violations that can only be attributed to its operations in the Niger Delta, […]

Shell refuses to comment on Oklahoma oil royalties fraud

“As you surmise, we will not be commenting.  As always, you cannot take our silence to mean that we agree with any of your conclusions.”: Richard Wiseman, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Royal Dutch Shell Plc 29 April 2010 NANCY FULLER HEBBLE AND OTHERS vs SHELL OIL CO. On 13 April 2010, Shell filed an […]

U.K. Parliament Bribery Bill sheiks Shell

On Thursday, the UK House of Commons passed the Bribery Bill, which would make it illegal for companies doing business in the U.K. to bribe government officials. The U.K. measure goes further than the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act because the legislation, if passed by the House of Lords, will make it illegal to request […]

Shell’s poacher turned gamekeeper ethics chief giving anti-corruption speech

By John Donovan On 31 March, Richard Wiseman, the Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc will be making a speech at a seminar in London: “Best Practice in Combating Corruption Extortion and Bribery“ “The event will examine new developments and tools in fighting corruption and providing practical methods for addressing and investigating […]

Donovan Campaign Against Shell

By John Donovan Visitors may be interested in extensive comments made just weeks ago by Shell about this website and the “Donovans”. We assume it was prepared by Shell in-house lawyers for the misinformation of Shell senior management, as it is full of spin, distortion and outright fiction. More evidence that Shell is so twisted […]

Donovan email to Gavin White, Shell International Limited: 10 March 2010

Dear Mr White We safety received the Shell internal documents/emails and your covering letters, all delivered to us by motorbike messenger on Monday evening. With reference to the documents and emails, we note that Shell has changed the method of censoring the information so that we sometimes have some visual clue to which parts have […]

£200,000 Legal Aid for Yorkshire Ripper: Zero for war veteran Alfred Donovan sued by Shell

By Alfred Donovan Appeal: Peter Sutcliffe, shown here after an attack in prison, has launched a High Court bid to be released. EXTRACT FROM A DAILY MAIL ARTICLE PUBLISHED 2 MARCH 2010: The Yorkshire Ripper is using taxpayers’ money in an attempt to win his freedom. Peter Sutcliffe, who murdered 13 women and tried to […]

Shell Ethics Chief involved in bending the truth

We should not give the impression that we are over-concerned with the D’s website, or that management spends a lot of time worrying about it. (Shell) By John Donovan I am still studying the Shell internal documents and communications the company was recently obliged to supply to me in accordance with an application under the […]