| Nick Day |
A former short-timer with Britain's Security Service (MI5), Day, based in Bourg-en-Bresse, France, is a founding member of Diligence, a private industrial espionage organization. Others sources say that Day and others are only convenient fronts, and the organization was founded by William Webster, the only man to head both the CIA and the FBI, as a means of obtaining private contracts from Enron at a time when the company's business was booming in the late 90s and early 00s. Following his brief government service, Day worked briefly as a senior investigator for the Maxima Group, a now-defunct European fraud investigations firm. According to the Independent Day joined the Marines at the age of 18 before becoming briefly an officer in the Special Boat Service, yet only rising to the junior level of Second Lieutenant in the Royal Marines. He later joined MI5 where he served for less than two years. Diligence was rebranded from its exclusive service to Enron in 2000 by William Webster, with Day, ex-CIA agent Mike Baker, and others reportedly fronting the new venture. Day has been the subject of a tax lien dated in the city of New York for unpaid income taxes, and has reportedly served prison time in South America for bribery. In 2010, a document leaked to the German press uncovered Diligence's recommendation to Ikea, a client, that it bribe public officials in Moscow to obtain a competitive business advantage in that market.
The Independent also stated:
"In association with Kuwaiti partner the Al-Mal Investment Company, the firm works for blue chips, media agencies and non-governmental organisations either already in Iraq or about to move in. Services include vetting local employees and partners, due diligence on potential investments, daily intelligence briefs, protecting compounds and payrolls, and providing bodyguards. Fees are based on the level of risk involved."
As head of Diligence, Day claims to have been involved in helping British firms to enter Libya, although these claims cannot be verified. Following the controversy over the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, Day told The Times:
“It was an open secret on the ground there that other oil firms were not encountering the same difficulties that BP had ... because the issue of al-Megrahi was unresolved.
“Any government has the overwhelming priority of ensuring the economic wellbeing of the country, protecting national security and furthering bilateral relations. This is clearly what Britain was doing in this case — and there is nothing wrong with it. The problem is that governments do not always feel able to tell people the whole truth.”
- Tom Baldwin and Philip Webster, BP lobbied Jack Straw before he changed mind over Lockerbie bomber, The Times, 4 September 2009.