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EMAIL FROM JOHN DONOVAN TO RICHARD WISEMAN, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC: 24 November 2008 17.40

EMAIL FROM JOHN DONOVAN TO RICHARD WISEMAN, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC: 24 November 2008 17.40

From: John Donovan
To: Wiseman, Richard RM SI-LMAPF
Cc: Brandjes, Michiel CM RDS-LC; Hess, Beat W RDS-ECBH; Raymond Fox
Sent: Mon Nov 24 17:40:18 2008
Subject: Re: MR RAY FOX

Dear Mr Wiseman

I am sure Mr Fox will be grateful for the impartial advice on how best to proceed with a claim against Shell.

We have little choice but to assume that your silence on important issues denotes acceptance that the related allegations are correct, when you conspicuously take up the challenge to provide an answer in relation to the issues of contamination and the alleged buried bunker, but provide no response to other matters. For example the declassified documents relating to the Al Yamamah corruption scandal, the MoD, and the UK Atomic Energy Authority. The same applies to the Hakluyt spy firm and to the subject of the rigged Shell tender.

Allegations about a buried nuclear reactor at the site came from independent sources including Dr Busby and were published on TV programmes and by a number of national newspapers years before we raised the matter with Shell. I note your clear denial but if national security issues are involved, perhaps the information was kept from you. Evidence of a secret nuclear bunker may be contained in documents still deemed much too sensitive to declassify.

We also have the possibility that the radioactive contamination resulted from the arms which according to a very reliable knowledgeable source, Mr Gerald James, passed through the Earley terminal persuadably as part of Shell’s involvement in the “oil-for-arms trade. In regards to his reliability, the following are extracts from an article published by The Independent in April 1995:

Mr James has also alleged that ministers knew much more about the trade to Iran and Iraq during the 1980s than they have ever told Parliament.

Mr Aitken’s attack on him last week was not the first time that the Government or its allies have hit back. During the Commons select committee inquiry into the Supergun affair, a number of Conservative members gave Mr James a difficult ride, accusing him among other things of being a “fantasist”.

At the end of the inquiry, however, the committee accepted that in all matters about which he had direct knowledge, Mr James’s testimony had been proven absolutely correct.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, who came so late to cabinet office, has had a turbulent time of it. He may ride out this storm, but Gerald James is unlikely to leave him in peace.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_19950402/ai_n13974985?tag=content;col1

The last quoted remark was prophetic. Jonathan Aitken subsequently resigned as a Minister and ended up in jail after being caught committing perjury.  More evidence of the reliability of Mr James as a witness and his immense knowledge of UK Involvement in oil-for-arms deals can be found in Hansard. There are as we pointed out in the article, many references by Mr James in his book “IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST”, to Shell’s involvement in the Al Yamamah scandal and its connection with the Intelligence Services.

The reference to the “Chambers” website and the endorsement from a Shell lawyer was a mistake. I should have referred to the website operated by Rouse International on which Shell is still currently listed as a client, with Laddie and Willoughby still listed as consultants, as per the links checked today…

http://www.iprights.com/content.output/344/344/Clients/Clients/Client%20List.mspx (Shell still listed as a client as it has been for many years)

http://www.iprights.com/content.people/5/5/People/People/People.mspx?fn=search (Sir Hugh Laddie still a consultant)

http://www.iprights.com/content.people/5/5/People/People/People.mspx?fn=search (Tony Willoughby still a consultant)

I note the confirmation that we are not immune to a defamation action from Shell. It follows that if Shell fails to issue an injunction to prevent publication of any allegations made in the current correspondence that you consider untrue, then observers are entitled to conclude that the allegations/statements are accurate and associated documents authentic.

You have 48 hours to issue proceedings. If Shell fails to take action by close of business on Wednesday we will publish the article, the documents and the entire correspondence. We will also commence circulation of the revised email to MP’s.

Regards
John Donovan
RoyalDutchShellPlc.com

EMAIL FROM RICHARD WISEMAN TO JOHN DONOVAN: 25 November 2008 07.14

On 25/11/2008 07:14, “[email protected]” <[email protected]> wrote:

 

Dear Mr Donovan,

Since even using the language you prescribe does not satisfy you, you can hardly blame us for remaining silent and reminding you, as ever, that our silence must never be used to infer admission of any of your allegations, which, as ever, is the case here.
Regards

Richard Wiseman

Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
Royal Dutch Shell plc
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