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By John Donovan

Fascinating to read email correspondence between former MI6 officers John Copleston and Guy Colegate hired by Shell to assist in dodgy oil deals involving sinister players.

Common-sense suggests that their expensive specialist skills would not be needed for any straightforward honest business activity.

John Copleston was identified as a Strategic Investment Advisor for Shell Exploration & Production Africa Limited. One of the individuals described by Ben van Beurden as former MI6 people hired by Shell. 

In an email dated 4 November 2008 about making contact with a Russian ambassador,  Guy Colegate seemed intent on dragging in reference to dictators and assorted nasties, some vying, along with Shell, for a share in billion dollar spoils arising from Nigerian oil deals. He mentions Sani Abacha, President Putin, General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau, Olusegun Obasanjo and Ambassador Ednan Agaev.

There is mention of FSB (Russian Intelligence service) agents, the US Government and even a reference to an assassination. 

Perhaps that the way spies converse. 

Sorry, but I do not have a good copy of the email.

This is the best I can do for now.

The email comes from Shell internal communications and associated papers siezed in the raid conducted at Shell NL HQ offices earlier this year in connection with the OPL 245/Dan Etete scandal. 

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