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Former head of GCHQ advising Shell and private intelligence firm

Harry Davies: Thursday 5 November 2015  A former head of GCHQ has become an adviser to Shell and an influential private intelligence company after retiring from the UK’s electronic eavesdropping agency late last year. Sir Iain Lobban’s consultancy with Shell and the holding company of Hakluyt & Co, a boutique corporate intelligence firm established by former […]

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

By John Donovan In 2010, I published an article revealing that four years earlier, U.S. authorities had launched an investigation into alleged industrial espionage by Shell Oil Company. I contacted Shell at the time, but the then Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for the company refused to comment. A related court case is currently underway. A […]

Oil Company Spooks: BP Appoints Britain’s Former Chief Spy to Board

14 MAY 2015 BP Plc, the former state-owned oil company with operations from Russia to Iraq, appointed the retired chief of Britain’s overseas spying network as a board member. John Sawers was head of the MI6 service until November 2014. Oil company involvement with spies is nothing new.  On 17 June 2001, The Sunday Times published […]

Corporate espionage: Shell Cloak and Dagger activities

By John Donovan Corporate 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 […]

SPDC Completes Sale of Oil Mining Lease 18 in Nigeria

Cautionary note: Shell has a track record in Nigeria of repeated oil spills; toxic gas flaring without end; arming police thugs; hiring militant gang leaders; hanging Nigerian campaigners while in bed with one particularly despotic regime; paying bribes to corrupt Nigerian government ministers and infiltrating spies into the Nigerian government. THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, March 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Shell Petroleum Development […]

Shell and Cyber Security: Victim or Sinner?

What Shell has not disclosed is that Shell internal spooks have spied on Shell employees via Shell servers all around the world, tracking both internal and external communications, as part of a top secret espionage project. I have irrefutable Shell internal evidence to prove it. By John Donovan Cybersecurity has become a major problem with […]

U.S. litigation arising from secrecy issues surrounding groundbreaking IP technology coveted by Shell

Alleged industrial espionage by Shell Oil Company: A senior individual in the U.S. intelligence community was authorised by U.S. Dept. of Defense government attorneys to confirm to me that an investigation directed at Shell USA had been initiated by the US Department of the Navy, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). By John Donovan In 2010, […]

Pending Vacancy for Company Secretary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc?


John Donovan unmasked as a Shell Spy

By John Donovan In July of this year I published an article pointing out my listing on zoominfo as founder, owner and Group Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. My impressive employment history has since been updated and I am now also listed as being a Senior Lawyer and Alaska Vice President for Shell, a […]

Will Shell try to crush Greenpeace again?

By John Donovan James Delingpole of Breitbart fame,”the world’s best political blogger”, says in an outspoken article about the Greenpeace Lego victory over Shell, that the oil giant should “crush” Greenpeace, who he describes as bastards. Obviously not a man to mince his words.  It is an article well worth reading. He is a brilliant […]


The article printed below was supplied to the Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate of Royal Dutch Shell Plc., Mr Michiel Brandjes, on Monday 15 Sept 2014. I asked Mr Brandjes to also bring the article to the attention of Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden and the Shell-Motiva Security Supervisor named in the […]

Shell secretly recorded telephone calls to 888-GO-SHELL

Californians: Are you entitled to a share in Shell $2M settlement? By John Donovan  Equilon Enterprises, a fully owned subsidiary of Shell Oil, secretly recorded calls from U.S. customers contacting 888-GO-SHELL – a call centre. This included calls originating from California. Customers disclosed private information without being aware of the surreptitious recording of their calls being […]

Shell to Sea goes to UN over policing of gas dispute

Extracts from an Irish Times article by Lorna Siggins published 30 April 2014 Shell to Sea has appealed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to raise the issue of policing the Corrib gas dispute with the Government. The Mayo-based environmental group says it has made the submission to the UNHCR’s office, following […]

Irish Government rejects UN Rapporteur’s recommendations on Corrib Policing

Extracts from a Shell to Sea News Release dated 30 April 2014 In a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2013, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Margaret Sekaggya, called on the Irish Government to “Investigate all allegation and reports of intimidation, harassment and surveillance in the context of […]

1and1 Website Hosting Review: Worst of the Worst

I eventually realized that I had to leave 1and1 on 25 March 2014 after sending customer support three emails over several hours requesting assistance before receiving any response.  Each one was marked “WEBSITE DOWN” By John Donovan Iand1 has had advance sight of this article with an invitation to correct any inaccurate information. The company […]

Illicit activities of Royal Dutch Shell snared in NSA surveillance programs?

It would be ironic if Shell, a company that was publicly exposed for engaging in spying, undercover activities and dirty tricks operations against its perceived enemies, such as Greenpeace and John Donovan, are exposed again, this time by government secret surveillance programs. By Washington Observer Over the last year or so there have been a […]

Irish Police Ombudsman Office Bugged by Irish Police?

By John Donovan Printed below are extracts from a BBC News article published today about allegations that an unknown party has been bugging the Irish Police Ombudsman offices. One intriguing  suggestion is that it was done by the Irish Police Force. There is also a suggestion of a French connection. Or it could be a […]

Spooky Business : Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofit Organizations

Shell’s spying was not restricted merely to its  perceived enemies, such as Greenpeace. Shell has even spied on it own employees, all of them. By John Donovan A recently published 54 page report by Gary Ruskin – Spooky Business : Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofit Organizations – focuses on corporate espionage carried out by major companies […]

Alleged sinister developments in OSSL Shell corruption scandal

By John Donovan I have published this email from OSSL because I know for a fact (including from my own experience) that Shell has used undercover agents to intimidate perceived enemies of the company and has engaged in widespread industrial espionage using former MI6 agents. I have the documentary evidence to prove what I say […]

Royal Dutch Shell up to its ears in corruption scandals

From a Washington Observer:  Royal Dutch Shell is in up to its ears in corruption scandals these days, and it appears an old one may make a comeback.   Within about 60 days or so rumor has it that the fellow whose classified Intellectual Property RDS targeted in the recent past will be filing a […]

Shell boss blames well-financed and highly organised criminals for crude oil theft

By John Donovan: According to an article published yesterday, the Managing Director of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu (right) has blamed well-financed and highly organised criminals for crude oil in the Niger Delta. What he does not say is whether the finance and organisation came from Shell, bearing in mind […]

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 […]

Shell skullduggery in Nigeria

Today The Wall Street Journal reports that “Shell Contractors” have been arrested in connection with the theft of oil. This relates to the explosion and fire earlier this week that resulted in the closure of the Trans Niger pipeline. By John Donovan We have been reporting for some time about Shell skullduggery in Nigeria, including: Shell’s […]

Shell criticized over Niger Delta pipelines ‘sabotage’ claims

Controversy relating to Shell’s evil track record in Nigeria is not limited to oil spill pollution. There is also the corruption, plunder, collusion, militants on Shell’s pay roll and Shell spying on the host government. Graphic from the Guardian Article: Unloveable Shell: the Goddess of Oil (Comments by John Donovan) Claims by Shell that sabotage is […]


Astonishingly, none of these Shell officials, nor John Gilligan, Alan Shatter, or anyone else in the Irish government, police, or any oversight body, has asked me to supply the voluminous evidence. No one seems shocked, or even interested. There have been no denials issued, nor have I received any threats of litigation, as could be […]

Pickard Teleportation into an Arctic Role

I have provided links to secret US cables/articles exposing Shell’s infiltration of the supposedly sovereign Nigerian government and the involvement of Pickard in all manner of murky goings on, including trading intelligence information with the Americans.  Ann Pickard will be arriving with more baggage than a Samsonite factory. By John Donovan Ann Pickard, currently the […]

The danger of getting into bed with Shell

By John Donovan Marvin Odum, the President of Shell Oil Company, has said that “Royal Dutch Shell is making a significant push into venture capital investing and collaboration with early-stage startups in the energy space.” See Wall Street Journal article “Shell Looks for Startup, Tech Partnerships Now More than Ever“. This initiative is designed to […]


By John Donovan Printed below is an email that I sent on Thursday evening to Mr. Michiel Brandjes, Company Secretary & General Counsel of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. It mainly concerns a leaked Shell internal document related to Shell’s Drilling Campaign in the Arctic, which ended with Shell’s offshore reputation being left in tatters. As […]

Cyber attacks on

By John Donovan: We had enjoyed a brief respite from the constant cyber attacks on this website, but the main disruptive activity restarted earlier this week. Michiel Brandjes, the Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate of Royal Dutch Shell Plc had previously issued a denial of any involvement by Shell. However, for a number of […]


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Kulluk grounding has already cost Shell $90 million

Royal Dutch Shell is a company with sham business principles and no scruples. It plotted to exploit the 9/11 attack for commercial purposes, adopted a Touch F*** All approach to the safety of offshore operations costing the lives of Shell offshore workers, and even defrauded its own investors. Is the U.S. government really going to […]

Constant cyber attacks on website continue

I want it to be known that all of the nasty activity described in my email to Royal Dutch Shell, including covert attacks, continues to this day, currently on a 24 hour basis. Someone apparently has very deep pockets and is clearly not very fond of us. By John Donovan On 11 November 2012, we […]

Chris Finlayson: One can of worms after another

Despite his scandal-ridden record at Shell, Chris Finlayson was recently appointed as Chief Executive of BG Group plc. We have already published articles relating to his involvement in the Shell reserves fraud and his time as head of Shell in Russia, when he played a starring role in the Sakhalin 2 debacle, which cost Shell […]

How Chris Finlayson bungled the Mother of all Projects: Sakhalin II

Chris Finlayson representing Shell and Alexander Medvedev, Gazprom’s Vice Chairman By John Donovan Chris Finlayson, the newly appointed Chief Executive of BG Group, 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. We […]

Corrib protestors meet UN Human Rights Rapporteur

Áine Ryan: [email protected]: TUESDAY 04 DECEMBER 2012 GOVERNMENT’S ‘positive’ attitude to human rights issues in Africa are not reflected in its addressing of the controversial Corrib gas project. That was the view expressed by human rights observer, Sr Majella McCarron, when she met the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders recently. The ten-person delegation, […]

Shell propped up racist apartheid regime in South Africa

Within 48 hours, subject to legal intervention by Shell, we will publish an article about how Royal Dutch Shell propped up and profited from the repressive apartheid regime in South Africa. By John Donovan Update Monday 26 November: Within 48 hours, subject to legal intervention by Shell, we will publish an article about how Royal […]

Corrib human rights report calls for new policing guidelines

“Among its series of recommendations is a proposal that Shell ‘communicates to the community the purposes for which surveillance may be undertaken by its security service’ and the procedures and safeguards it uses ‘to ensure the right to privacy is adequately protected’ during surveillance.” Tuesday, 20 November 2012 10:27 Áine Ryan: [email protected] A HUMAN rights […]

Shell Security Service in Ireland

Garda guide for Corrib protests proposed ÁINE RYAN A human rights report on the policing of the controversial Corrib gas project has recommended that the Department of Justice publish a guide defining methods that may be legitimately used by An Garda Síochána during protests. The report on the Corrib Human Rights Monitoring Initiative states this […]

Constant attacks on the website

For over a year we have received attacks on the site in the form of massive numbers of blog entries being received. They have recently reached a level whereby legitimate blogs are crowded out, effectively blocking criticism against Shell. EMAIL SENT 11 NOVEMBER 2012 BY JOHN DONOVAN TO MR MICHIEL BRANDJES, COMPANY SECRETARY & GENERAL […]

Shell’s business ethics guidelines are a sham

John, THE NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE Spies and Co. As an ‘interested observer’ I would make this comment about Shell’s business operations and their unethical business practices. The US Federal government operates under the Federal Acquisition Regulation’s for the purposes of purchasing goods and services. As it happens to be, the US government requires that […]

Spies and Co.

A version of this op-ed appeared in print on October 25, 2012, on page A31 of the New York edition with the headline: Spies and Co.. EXTRACT Spying for profit continued in more recent times. In the late 1990s, the candy companies Nestlé and Mars engaged in an epic corporate war that included a confidential […]

Another PR blunder from the House of Shell or a tragic piece of misreporting?

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE OCTOBER 2005 The Guardian: Shell shows cracks: “Another PR blunder from the House of Shell or a tragic piece of misreporting? “Ian McCredie, head of global security services at Shell, is reported to have told a Chatham House conference a tale of how up to 70 staff have been kidnapped […]

Another PR blunder from the House of Shell or a tragic piece of misreporting?

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE OCTOBER 2005 The Guardian: Shell shows cracks: “Another PR blunder from the House of Shell or a tragic piece of misreporting? “Ian McCredie, head of global security services at Shell, is reported to have told a Chatham House conference a tale of how up to 70 staff have been kidnapped […]

Taped telephone call confirms Shell Brent Bravo explosion cover-up

Bill Campbell believes that the innocent victims of Shell senior managements willingness to put production, profits, personal greed and ambition before the safety of Shell offshore employees, are being blamed for their own tragic avoidable deaths. Journalists who feel duped by information given to them by Shell, including by its then CEO Jeroen van der […]

Shell’s Enemy No. 1

httpvh:// Feature about John Donovan in European Journal  TV programme broadcast in English language across Europe in May 2012 European Journal is a 30 minute magazine on DW that delivers the inside take — reports on important political, economic and cultural developments in the EU with a strong focus on the European integration process. European […]

Nigeria took 40 pct of Shell security spend in late 2000s-NGO

Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:30am EDT * Shell says security of staff, equipment its top priority * Nigeria’s oil region beset by violence, oil theft * Human rights groups question Shell spending on gov’t forces By Joe Brock ABUJA, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell spent almost 40 percent of its $1 billion global […]

Corrib campaigners under scrutiny, Shell to Sea claims

The Irish Times – Friday, August 17, 2012 LORNA SIGGINS, Western Correspondent SHELL TO Sea says it has received “further evidence” of monitoring of campaigners opposed to the Corrib gas project by a private security company. The group has released scans of pages from two notebooks, which it says comprises notes taken by security staff […]

New evidence of Shell’s covert surveillance operations

News Release – Issued by Shell to Sea – Thursday, 16th August, 2012 NEW EVIDENCE OF SHELL’S COVERT SURVEILLANCE EMERGES — Scans of two IRMS notebooks sent to Shell to Sea — This week Shell to Sea received further evidence of the surveillance operation that has been mounted by private security firm IRMS against campaigners […]

Corrib security firm ‘acts responsibly’

The Irish Times – Saturday, August 11, 2012 LORNA SIGGINS, Western Correspondent THE COMPANY which provides security for the Corrib gas project in Co Mayo has said it is working “to the highest standards”. Integrated Risk Management Services (IRMS) was responding to disclosure of a company “situation report”, recording movements at a protest camp located […]

More Shell Spying

Rossport protesters under 24-hour surveillance by private security firm Friday, August 10, 2012 LORNA SIGGINS, Western Correspondent OPPONENTS OF the Corrib gas project in north Mayo are seeking legal advice on a communication that indicates the Rossport solidarity camp is under 24-hour surveillance by a private security company. The communication involves a “situation report” that […]