Oil Companies Spy on Environmentalists

Since 1995, a private intelligence firm with close links to the British government's MI6 spy agency has been working for Shell and BP oil, collecting information on green activists. The firm's agent, who posed as a left-wing sympathiser and film maker, was asked to betray plans of Greenpeace's activities against oil giants. He also tried to dupe Anita Roddick's Body Shop group to pass on information about its opposition to Shell's oil drilling in Nigeria. British members of parliament say the affair poses serious questions about the blurring of the divisions between the secret service, a private intelligence company and the interests of big companies.