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Shell’s appetite for espionage against John Donovan

Shell’s appetite for espionage against me knows no bounds, spanning a global spying operation that would make James Bond blush.

By Shell critic John Donovan

Step into the twisted world of Shell corporate malevolence, where no tactic is too underhanded. As Hugh Grant fights his legal battles, it triggers haunting memories of my own relentless crusade against the oil behemoth in the ’90s and its ruthless response.

I proudly wear the badge of Shell’s arch-nemesis, earned through sheer persistence in exposing their dark deeds. Brace yourself for a wild ride that spans three decades, where I confronted a seemingly invincible Goliath with bottomless pockets. Little did I know then that Shell would unleash a storm of threats and employ the covert arts, utilizing undercover agents like a devious spy network. An oily SPECTRE.

In a candid wiretapped phone conversation, former Shell CEO Ben van Beurden (now retired) shamelessly admitted their affinity for loose-lipped ex-MI6 personnel. Enter Hakluyt, an organization deeply intertwined with Shell, founded by titled Shell directors and former high-ranking MI6 officers. Birds of a feather flock together, indeed.

But wait, there’s more! While preparing my High Court case against Shell for their repeated intellectual property theft, a peculiar chain of burglaries unfolded. My home, my key witness’s Norfolk residence, and even my solicitor’s Croydon abode were violated, with selective tampering of documents that Shell’s lawyers had eagerly sought. An exquisite display of the black arts where valuables were miraculously left untouched. Astonishing, isn’t it?

The police, though unable to substantiate any wrongdoing, whispered their suspicions of the culprits responsible. And behold, an undercover investigator was caught red-handed, rummaging through our private mail at our offices. After being cornered, Shell reluctantly conceded that this agent of deception was indeed on their payroll, working under the auspices of their lawyers.

But the saga doesn’t end there. Shell’s appetite for espionage against me knows no bounds, spanning a global spying operation that would make James Bond blush. Take a glance at the eye-opening exposé by Reuters, revealing the depths to which this insidious oil giant will sink, even spying on its own staff. All 86,000 of them.

Relevant FT-related Shell emails. 

Oh, and let’s not forget their ingenious strategy of suppressing unfavourable media coverage. The smoking gun lies in their systematic attempts to kill FT, Guardian and Sunday Times articles that dared to shed light on the truth about Shell and their connection to yours truly.

If you dare to venture into the rabbit hole of evidence, be prepared to have your notions shattered. Media access is available to a treasure trove of proof showcasing Shell’s dark side. The epitome of corporate villainy and the embodiment of profit-driven malevolence: Shell.

And I have not touched on Shell’s attempts over the decades to kill my websites. The most recent, of which I am aware, was on 22 July 2021.  See Shell’s failed blundering attempt to kill my

In a more recent TV documentary “Joe Lycett vs The Oil Giant” Joe said in his intro, “When you look into Shell you land very quickly on a man called John Donovan whose described as Shell’s No1 Enemy

I did not start out being an enemy. Shell’s shady actions, so far removed from its claimed business principles, turned me into one.


In his statement, the actor says he brought his recent claim after being passed information which “showed, for the first time, evidence that The Sun had targeted unlawful activity at me and my associates directly”.

He said the information included private investigator invoices and payments, and that they included the period during which the Leveson Inquiry into press standards and ethics was taking place.

In a witness statement, the Love Actually star said: “My claim concerns unlawful acts committed by The Sun, including burglaries to order, the breaking and entering of private property in order to obtain private information through bugging, landline tapping, phone hacking, and the use of private investigators to do all these and other illegal things against me.”

In a statement issued by his lawyers at law firm Gunnercooke, Mr Grant said: “I am pleased that my case will be allowed to go to trial, which is what I have always wanted – because it is necessary that the truth comes out about the activities of The Sun

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Shell is invited to point out for correction any factual inaccuracies and supply closing comments for publication as part of this article on an unedited basis. 

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