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From: John Donovan <[email protected]>


Date: 15 September 2016 at 12:51:41 BST

To: [email protected]

Cc: Michiel Brandjes <[email protected]>

To Mr. Gary P. Thomson SI-LSC/KCompany Secretarial Advisor 

Corporate Secretariat 


Dear Mr. Thomson

Thank you for your email dated 26 July 2016 and your subsequent letter dated 30 August 2016, the content of both stated by you to be “Strictly private and confidential”.

An attachment was marked as being “Confidential”.

Is this is an attempt by Shell to retrospectively try to attach confidentially to related earlier correspondence on various sensitive subjects, none of which was carried out on a confidential basis? 

For example my email to Mr. Michiel Brandjes, your Company Secretary and General Counsel Corporate, regarding serious allegations against Shell Motiva management made by Mr. Donald Lane, a former US Secret Service Agent and more recently Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. Perhaps the allegations from such an impeccable source had an influence on the subsequent divorce from Saudi Aramco? I have the permission of Mr. Lane to publicly identify him. 

screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-12-54-55A second example is another email involving Mr. Brandjes (and other senior people at Shell). It contained a summary of the main content of my ebook “Sir Henri Deterding and the Nazi History of Royal Dutch Shell”.  

At an early date, Mr. Brandjes had threatened that Shell would take legal action against me if I published the book. As seven months have passed since publication it seems fair to conclude that it was yet another empty threat. One thing for sure is that Shell cannot now pretend that it was unaware of the publication.

Although far removed from being a literary masterpiece, the ebook does contain a goldmine of verifiable facts from newspaper archives and many other sources potentially devastating to Shell’s reputation. 

In this connection, I have a long-standing working relationship with an award-winning documentary filmmaker who I have asked  to consider making a documentary using source material from the ebook.

In November I will be sending a related email to every Member of the House of Commons and the House of Lords providing a summary of the ebook and the Amazon link so that they are aware of the extraordinary Nazi chapter in the dark corporate history of Royal Dutch Shell. 

I am pleased to say that extensive information from my website and articles authored by me have been cited as evidence in UK parliamentary publications and the website featured at length in a newsletter published by The One World Trust, a body closely connected with the UK parliament. 

It is gratifying that is cited alongside esteemed sources such as BBC News, The Telegraph, The Guardian and The Times. Shell may not entirely share my pleasure at this achievement. 


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