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Shell being blackmailed?

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By John Donovan

There is evidence, some of it covertly obtained, that Royal Dutch Shell Plc may be the victim of a sustained blackmail operation.

Shell has not called in the police to investigate. Why not? Because certain information held by the party making repeated money demands to Shell, including directly to Ben van Beurden and other senior Shell executives, is true and if the current cover-up unravels, will result in a scandal of epic proportion involving Shell and a host government.

I am in possession of extraordinary evidence and have no intention of being silenced. If Shell does not call in the police, I will do so myself and hand over the entire evidence for investigation.

Mr Michiel Brandjes, the Company Secretary and General Counsel Corporate, is fully aware of this matter, which involves top executives at Shell.

Peter Voser, Ben van Beurden and Jorma Ollila have all had direct contact with the party making the money demands.

The question of a possible breach of fiduciary duty by Royal Dutch Shell executives may arise from the lack of proper action by Shell to protect shareholder interests.

More information will be added here as the situation develops. 


I know from insider sources and can prove it, that Shell senior management is in crisis mode on this matter as a result of the content of an email I sent to a law firm last Saturday, 18 October and copied to Mr Michiel Brandjes, my designated contact at Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

If Shell is being blackmailed, as I have strong grounds to suspect, then I doubt that any blackmailer in history has made as many demands for payment, nor at such a high level in a targeted corporation.

I gave the law firm and Shell 14 days to take action before I intended to do so myself. Given the lack of even a brief acknowledgement and taking into account developments inside Shell, I may move forward with my own plans to put the relevant evidence about this complex sleazy affair into the hands of the appropriate judicial authorities in the coming days without waiting any longer.

It is incredible to me as a Shell shareholder that senior Shell management has tried to ignore the pressure being applied to the company on an international basis.

It is a fact that all four of the top Royal Dutch Shell Plc board level executives named above have personally spoken with the party trying to extort money from the company. The blackmail allegation is based partly on a confidential Shell document supplied to me and related covertly obtained evidence, all of which is in my possession.

Suffice to say that I have, as a result of this story, received written warnings about my personal safety and security.


As anticipated, I have now received multiple threats from a law firm. The threats are designed to frighten me into not handing over important evidence to government and judicial authorities (along with a request for a police investigation). I have responded in a robust manner and invited the law firm to take action. As Shell knows, I don’t respond well to threats. As far as I know, the law firm does not represent Shell, but Shell is actively involved in applying pressure. Mr Michiel Brandjes is fully aware of today’s sinister development.

Posted Date: 
25 October 2014