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Former head of GCHQ advising Shell and private intelligence firm

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Harry DaviesThursday 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 MI6 spies, are among a series of private sector jobs the retired spook has taken up over the past year. Both roles are expected primarily to involve advising on risk and cybersecurity.

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

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Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 07.55.40By 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 link is provided to documents filed today IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Case 1:14-cv-02139-KBJ. Shell is not currently involved.

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

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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 a front page lead story on the spying activities of Shell and BP directed against perceived enemies, including Greenpeace.

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 16.50.30Confronted with irrefutable evidence, the spying by Hakluyt and Company, a corporate intelligence firm set up by former senior MI6 officers, was admitted by both oil giants.

Titled Shell directors were also directors and major shareholders in Hakluyt. 

Shell has continued to use Hakluyt and also runs its own internal unit staffed by former spooks. 

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Corporate espionage: Shell Cloak and Dagger activities

John Donovan, Co-Founder Royal Dutch Shell

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 


  • 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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SPDC Completes Sale of Oil Mining Lease 18 in Nigeria

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 08.17.47Cautionary 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 Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) (NYSE: RDS.A) (NYSE: RDS.B), has completed the assignment of its 30% interest in oil mining lease (OML) 18 and related facilities in the Eastern Niger Delta. Its interests in OML18 were assigned to Eroton Exploration & Production Company Limited. Total cash proceeds for Shell amount to $737 million.

This divestment is part of the strategic review of SPDC’s onshore portfolio and is in line with the Federal Government of Nigeria’s aim of developing Nigerian companies in the country’s upstream oil and gas business.

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Shell and Cyber Security: Victim or Sinner?

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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 highly embarrassing security breaches at many businesses such as Home Depot, Target and Sony Pictures. Royal Dutch Shell (Global Employee Data Breach) was one of the first victims.

Yesterday, the White House announced the formation of a new federal agency “to analyse threats to the nation’s cybersecurity and coordinate strategy to combat them.”

The Obama administration is launching the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center as a central place to coordinate cyber threat intelligence from the FBI, the National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies. The center will operate under the guidance of the director of national intelligence and will work with the private sector since many cyber attacks are directed at businesses.

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

Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 00.28.33Alleged 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, I published an article revealing that four years earlier, U.S. authorities had launched an investigation into alleged industrial espionage by Shell Oil Company.

When I approached the then Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Mr. Richard Wiseman, about the story, this was his initial response on 29 June 2010:

I have no comment to make on this. You should not take this as an indication of our accepting or denying the allegations.

and later the same day:

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Pending Vacancy for Company Secretary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc?



  • Must have flexible integrity, a wiliness to bend rules and regulations, communicate in double Dutch, participate in cover-ups (e.g. the Brent Bravo scandal), mislead financial regulators and shareholders (reserves scandal), ignore emails, even from Shell shareholders; delay issuance of profit warnings; put the best interests of crooked Shell directors first, in the confident knowledge that they are insured against incompetence, negligence and dishonesty, and can still walk away with an $18.5 million payoff (Sir Philip) even if they ruin the company.
  • Be prepared to conspire with colleagues, anticipating potentially embarrassing questions that might be raised at the Shell AGM and devising deliberately evasive and misleading answers.
  • Willing to have tea and biscuits with Messrs Kane and Rooney when they make their annual OSSL blackmail pilgrimage to the Shell AGM,  demanding payment for alcohol used to bribe Irish cops on Shell’s behalf.
  • Vigorously defend Shell’s whitewash of its support for Hitler and the Nazi.
  • Fend off all claims that Shell has stolen Intellectual Property.
  • Be prepared to authorise private undercover spies to infiltrate and destroy/undermine perceived enemies, such as Greenpeace and anyone that sues Shell.

This assessment of ideal requirements is based on the current occupant of the office of Shell Company Secretary and his recent predecessors.


This is the link you need to use for all Shell job applications.

Note from John Donovan. The timing of this invitation is based on my information that Mr Brandjes is 60 years old in December and will be retiring from Shell. If this is wrong, then he only needs to let me know and it will be removed immediately. I would send him an email to double check but he never bothers to reply even though I am a Shell shareholder. Nonetheless, I hope that he has a long enjoyable retirement whenever that day arrives.

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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 job Ann Pickard probably thought she had secured. 

It gets better.

A new book edited by two Associate Professors from the University of Ottawa  seems to identify me as a former employee of Shell Corporate Affairs Security. In other words, a Shell spy.

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Will Shell try to crush Greenpeace again?

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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 writer.


Some extracts

For too long, big businesses like Shell have sought to escape the attentions of leftist attack dogs like Greenpeace (much as shopkeepers in Little Italy used to pay protection money to the Mob) by paying lip service to all the green orthodoxies and sponsoring worthy green causes. But it just doesn’t work because however much greenwashing it attempts, Shell will always be an oil company. And Greenpeace will always hate it – and try to destroy it – because Greenpeace hates oil companies. So the first step towards escaping this cycle of humiliation is to recognise who your enemy is and, instead of appeasing him, to face up to him and crush him. Trust me, Shell. It’s the only language these bastards understand.

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Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 19.20.35The 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 working headline. The parties were given the opportunity to take issue with the stated facts, comment and/or take legal action to prevent publication. No response has been received. It follows that Shell has also not disputed the authenticity of quoted internal email correspondence. Readers are free to draw their own conclusions.


This is the true story of a former U.S. Secret Service Agent and former Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. He was hired by a contractor firm in June of this year to become Project Manager with responsibility for the security force at the Shell-Motiva Norco site in Louisiana. The site is spread over 700 acres, inclusive of a major refinery.

I have confirmed the remarkable background of this individual, who has worked in some of the most stressful operational settings. This includes his assignment as the Incident Commander for the rescue, relief, recovery and federal law enforcement activities in preparation for and in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, where he commanded vast personnel resources as well as small boats, aircraft and vehicles, for which he was granted seven high-level awards and commendations.

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Shell secretly recorded telephone calls to 888-GO-SHELL

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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 answered overseas. 

Following a class action lawsuit, Shell has agreed to pay nearly $2 million in settlement for violations of California’s Invasion of Privacy Act. 

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