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Spooky dangerous times

The recent attempted assassination attacks in Salisbury using nerve agent have created the biggest most frightening espionage confrontation with Russia for many decades. 

As I write this article, the Putin led regime is raising the temperature still further by demanding access to Yulia Skripal on the grounds that she is a Russian citizen and by expelling more than 50 UK diplomats from Moscow. Putin is also boasting about a terrifying new intercontinental missile which NATO calls ‘Satan 2’.

One of the former spies involved in the emerging back story happens to be an American, Robert Eringer, with whom I have had considerable contact.

According to a recent Daily Mirror article, Mr Eringer, in the guise of being a book publisher, attended a “spy summit where details of the plot which would lead to the attempted murders of Sergei and Yulia Skripal were first revealed.” Eringer was actually an FBI Counter-Intelligence agent in Moscow on an undercover mission.

Information on the Internet suggests that Mr Eringer is more recently viewed as an arch enemy of the Kremlin because of his claimed knowledge of money laundering carried out for the Russian Mafia and for his blog attacks on Putin. 

When Eringer first approached me a decade ago, it was as a book publisher and investigative journalist interested in authoring and publishing a book mainly about our website activities focussed on Shell. He went on to publish an ebook and author a related US newspaper article.

I know from Shell internal documents in my possession that Shell did seek assistance about our activities from the US government and *NCFTA, a specialist cyber forensics unit in Pittsburgh set up and financed by the FBI (*The National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance).

Shell had recently failed in its attempt to seize our Shell related domain names, including Furthermore, it was reduced to being a junior partner in Sakhalin 2 as a result of our intervention and was very concerned about my contact with Bill O’Reilly at Fox News in relation to another sensitive matter.

Hence, although I have a high regard for Robert Eringer, I will never know for certain whether his extensive contact with me and my late father Alfred Donovan, including a meeting in London, was for the purpose he claimed, or was instigated by an agitated Shell Management, which at the time, had extremely hostile intent towards us.

Shell has form in hiring a spying outfit which routinely uses undercover agents posing as investigative journalists. They are deployed against Shell’s perceived enemies.

One thing is for sure. Robert Eringer is a braver man than me.



Daily Mirror article 18 March 2018 and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

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