Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq

20 04 2011

From the [UK] Independent:

The minutes of a series of meetings between ministers and senior oil executives are at odds with the public denials of self-interest from oil companies and Western governments at the time.

The documents were not offered as evidence in the ongoing Chilcot Inquiry into the UK’s involvement in the Iraq war. In March 2003, just before Britain went to war, Shell denounced reports that it had held talks with Downing Street about Iraqi oil as “highly inaccurate”. BP denied that it had any “strategic interest” in Iraq, while Tony Blair described “the oil conspiracy theory” as “the most absurd”.

But documents from October and November the previous year paint a very different picture. . . . 

. . . . Five months before the March 2003 invasion, Baroness Symons, then the Trade Minister, told BP that the Government believed British energy firms should be given a share of Iraq’s enormous oil and gas reserves as a reward for Tony Blair’s military commitment to US plans for regime change. . . . 

Nigeria Files Charges Against Cheney

8 12 2010


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) made good its threat yesterday by filing charges against former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and the head of oil services of the Halliburton Company over an alleged scheme to bribe Nigerian officials for an oil deal… (more)

Dec. 9 additional from WikiLeaks:

The top Shell executive in Nigeria told US diplomats that the company “knows everything” about decisions made in all the main ministries of the Nigerian government

. . .   and the cable is here:

ALSO this cable was released –

US embassy cables: Shell seeks to share Nigeria intelligence

Dec. 10  additional from WikiLeaks:

Pfizer ‘used dirty tricks to avoid clinical trial payout’ to victims in Nigeria

You can look up any of the WikiLeaks cables relating to Nigeria here –

(there are thousands)