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Hakluyt & Co spy-work for Shell and BP

Cyprus Mail – Nicosia, Cyprus

THE UN Secretary-General’s special envoy Alexander Downer, reported Offsite, is a director of an intelligence gathering firm, Hakluyt & Co, which was set up in 1995 by two former MI6 agents. The company, according to Offsite, sells information to companies, regarding government decisions and plans; in the past it had been passing information to Shell and BP about the activities of Greenpeace.

The electronic newsletter, asked whether there was a conflict of interest and suggested that Downer had an obligation to explain what the connection was between Hakluyt and MI6 and CIA. Asked by hacks to comment, Downer said he was a member of an advisory board of Hakluyt and that once a year he would attend meetings at which members gave their views on international matters in different parts of the world.

By Friday, Simerini columnists were arguing that the Aussie had a “moral obligation” to resign from one of the two posts because there was a blatant conflict of interest. 

“He cannot be the member of an organisation that sells information and at the same time be in charge of the dialogue for a solution of the Cyprus problem,” wrote Costakis Antoniou.

Neither Costakis nor Savvas should worry. Even if Downer wanted to sell info about the talks he would have great difficulty finding anybody to buy it.

Copyright © Cyprus Mail 2008

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