BP, Shell and Greenpeace
Amidst growing pressure from environmentalist group Greenpeace Hakluyt were hired by oil giants Shell and BP. They employed, German spy, Manfred Schlickenrieder to pose as a documentary maker in order to gain information on Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and The Body Shop. It is now well-known, that in 1997 Reynolds wrote an email to Schlickenrieder inquiring about the possible impact of suing Greenpeace for mounting campaigns such as the one halting the dumping of the Brent Spar oil tanker in the Atlantic Ocean, he asked the spy for information on whether Greenpeace was taking legal steps to protect its assets against seizure in the event it was sued by an oil company.
- MI6 'firm' spied on green groups Lobby Watch reprint of article from The Sunday Times, originally printed 17 June 2001, accessed 23 September 2014