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April 28, 2018

The Silence Of The Skripals - Government Blocks Press Reports - Media Change The Record

There has been no recent reporting on the Skripal case in which a British-Russian double agent and his daughter were poisoned in Salisbury, England. There even seem to be attempts to change the public record of the case.

The British government alleged that the Skripals were poisoned by Novichok, a deadly nerve agent, and blamed Russia for it. There are stiill many open questions to ask but the British media, otherwise not afraid of 'door stepping',  are curiously uninterested. We already noted in early April that the British press was throwing Novi-Fog™ onto the public. It was repeating outrageous and illogical claims from "security services" but did no genuine reporting on the Skripal case.

Some photo editor made sense of what the "security services" said and introduced an April 5 London Times piece with a picture of a likely source of the alleged Novichok poison:


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Now the former British ambassador Craig Murray quotes Clive Ponting, another former senior civil servant, who suspects that the British government issued a D-Notice. Such a notice forbids British media to report on an issue. Murray also points to a tweet by Channel 4 correspondent Alex Thomson from March 12 in which Thomsen mentions a D-Notice specifically related to Mr. Skripal's MI6 handler:


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The D-Notice attempt Thomsen mentioned was too late as some media had already reported the name of the Skripal's MI6 handler. We spelled it out on March 8.

One Pablo Miller, a British MI6 agent, had recruited Sergej Skripal. The former MI6 agent in Moscow, Christopher Steele, was also involved in the case. Skripal was caught by the Russian security services and went to jail. Pablo Miller, the MI6 recruiter, was also the handler of Sergej Skripal after he was released by Russia in a spy swap. He reportedly also lives in Salisbury. Both Christopher Steele and Pablo Miller work for Orbis Business Intelligence which created the "Dirty Dossier" about Donald Trump.

We early on suspected a relation between the  "Dirty Dossier" and the Skripal affair:

Here are some question:

  • Did Skripal help Steele to make up the "dossier" about Trump?
  • Were Skripal's old connections used to contact other people in Russia to ask about Trump dirt?
  • Did Skripal threaten to talk about this?

If there is a connection between the dossier and Skripal, which seems very likely to me, then there are a number of people and organizations with potential motives to kill him. Lots of shady folks and officials on both sides of the Atlantic were involved in creating and running the anti-Trump/anti-Russia campaign. There are several investigations and some very dirty laundry might one day come to light. Removing Skripal while putting the blame on Russia looks like a convenient way to get rid of a potential witness.

Whistleblower Clive Ponting, quoted by Murray, now also suspects that the Skripal case was an 'inside' job that followed from the 'dirty dossier' fakery:

If [Sergej Skripal] was also involved in the ‘golden showers’ dossier then elements in the US would have a reason to act as well. The whole incident was an inside job not to kill him, hence the use of BZ, but to give him a warning and a punishment. The whole thing is being treated as though the authorities know exactly what went on but have to cover it up.
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I meant to add that the policeman who ‘just happened’ to be around was almost certainly the special branch ‘minder’ who was keeping Yulia under surveillance. The media are not allowed to mention the existence of a D notice.

There is not only a very curious silence in British media about the Skripal case, but there seem to be active attempts to remove certain material about the case from the public.

In 2017 investigative journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhiev reported about massive air transports of weapons to Syrian 'rebels' under diplomatic cover and got fired over it. On April 26 she made another interesting find:

Dilyana Gaytandzhiev @dgaytandzhieva - 21:24 UTC - 26 Apr 2018

The #Skripals were allegedly exposed to the drug #Fentanyl, not the #Novichok nerve agent, according to information obtained from the UK Clinical Services Journal https://www.clinicalservicesjournal.com/story/25262/...

The Clinical Services Journal piece Gaytandzhiev had found is from March 5 2018, the day after the Skripal incident in Salisbury. In its original version it read:

Salisbury District Hospital declared a “major incident” on Monday 5 March, after two patients were exposed to an opioid.
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It followed an incident hours earlier in which a man and a woman were exposed to the drug Fentanyl in the city centre. The opioid is 10,000 times stronger than heroin.

On April 27, a day after the above tweet:

Dilyana Gaytandzhiev @dgaytandzhieva - 12:12 UTC - 27 Apr 2018

The #Skripals were exposed to #Fentanyl, not #Novichok. After I published this information yesterday (26.04.) the Clinical Services Journal redacted it today  https://www.clinicalservicesjournal.com/story/25262/...

I personally read the CSJ story after Gaytandzhiev's first tweeted it on the 26th.  I can confirm that it was changed.

The top line in the CSJ quote above now reads:

Salisbury District Hospital declared a “major incident” on Monday 5 March, after two patients were exposed to what is believed to be an opioid.

The second line has been changed to:

It followed an incident hours earlier in which a man and a woman were exposed to a substance in the city centre.

All reference to Fentanyl as cause of the Skripal illness in a March 5 article has been removed between April 26 and April 27.

Archive.org has the original version as collected on April 26:


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The changed version as now available at the Clinical Services Journal site:


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One wonders why such a tiny magazine would bother to change an old story after some journalist tweeted about it.

The CSJ was not the only outlet which mentioned Fentanyl. The local Salisbury Journal reported it on March 5 and the piece is still up:

Police declared a major incident after a man in his 60s and a woman in her 30s were found unconscious on a bench in the shopping centre on Sunday.

Emergency services at the scene suspected the substance may have been a powerful drug called fentanyl, but nothing has yet been confirmed.

They were taken to Salisbury District Hospital where they are in a critical condition in intensive care.

In November 2017 the Salisbury Journal had reported about an unrelated fenatanyl overdose case. In 2016 Salisbury had a spike in Fentanyl OD cases. The local emergency services were surely aware of the symptoms and effects of such a substance.

Another local news site, Devon Live, headlined on March 5: Major chemical incident declared after 10 people vomited fentanyl and two are critically ill

It is understood that police suspect fentanyl, a synthetic opiate many times stronger than heroin, may have been involved. A man and a woman are in a critical condition and up to 10 other people are involved.
Officers and paramedics were called to The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury after the man and a woman fell ill. The woman, who was unconscious, was airlifted to Salisbury district hospital at about 4.15pm, while the man was taken by ambulance.
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It was recently reported that fentanyl has claimed the lives of at least 60 people in the UK over the last eight months.

The Devon Live report is still in its original form. It links to the first Wiltshire Police statement on the case and quotes from it. Curiously the link is dead. The first official police statement on the Skripal case is "currently unavailable".

The British press is now totally silent on the Skripal case. Craig Murray and another former senior civil servant suspect that the government gave order to not report on the issue. They also suspect, as we did early on, that the case is related to the fake "Dirty Dossier" which the Clinton campaign ordered up to use it against Donald Trump.

It is not understandable why the British government would give a silencing order if, as the government alleges, Russia caused the incident.

Why is no public investigation by the media allowed? Where is Yulia Skripal and what is the health status of Sergej Skripal? Why have they been silenced?

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Previous Moon of Alabama posts on the Skripal case:

March 8 - Poisioned British-Russian Double-Agent Has Links To Clinton Campaign
March 12 - Theresa May's "45 Minutes" Moment
March 14 - Are 'Novichok' Poisons Real? - May's Claims Fall Apart
March 16 - The British Government's 'Novichok' Drama Was Written By Whom?
March 18 - NHS Doctor: "No Patients Have Experienced Symptoms Of Nerve Agent Poisoning In Salisbury"
March 21 - Russian Scientists Explain 'Novichok' - High Time For Britain To Come Clean (Updated)
March 29 - Last Act Of 'Novichok' Drama Revealed - "The Skripals' Resurrection"
March 31 - Hillary Clinton Ordered Diplomats To Suppress 'Novichok' Discussions
April 3 - Operation Hades Blamed Russia - A Model For The 'Novichok' Claims?
April 4 - It's The Cover-Up" - UK Foreign Office Deletes Tweet, Posts False Transcript, Issues New Lies
April 5 - Novi-Fog™ In Fleet Street - Truth Cut Off
April 6 - The Best Explanation For The Skripal Drama Is Still ... Food Poisoning
April 7 - A Very British Farce
April 12 - New Developments In The Skripal Drama - Police Statement, OPCW Report Release
April 15 - Were the Skripals 'Buzzed', 'Novi-shocked' Or Neither? - May Has Some 'Splaining' To Do

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Jackrabbit
or as you say a mix of Fetanyl and BZ, hospital blood tests picking up the Fetanyl but not checking for BZ? The policeman receiving a much lighter dose due to handling whatever was used to administer the stuff.

Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Apr 29, 2018 1:58:28 PM | 101

In 2016 Salisbury had a spike in Fentanyl OD cases. The local emergency services were surely aware of the symptoms and effects of such a substance.

You might want to reconsider this argument. Your link from the local Newburyport Alefish wrap refers to Salisbury, Massachusetts, not England. By the way, we locals consider Fentanyl a perfectly acceptable response to Austerity.

Posted by: Masshole | Apr 29, 2018 2:10:20 PM | 102

Piotr Berman 98 "what is the chance of synchronized delayed onset?"

The synchronized onset makes it more likely they were hit with a fast acting poison at the park. Fetanyl as per the initial medical? findings or as Jackrabbit said,a combination of Fetanyl and BZ.

Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Apr 29, 2018 2:35:37 PM | 103

@Masshole|100

This one is from the correct Salisbury (UK) newspaper about a Fentanyl dealer sent to jail just a month earlier.

Just glad that our austerity victims still tend to be on Schnaps. ;o)

Posted by: CE | Apr 29, 2018 2:36:38 PM | 104

Yes, still the US link should be deleted for accuracy sake.

Posted by: Masshole | Apr 29, 2018 2:43:34 PM | 105

Black humour news for the evening :) Bolton offered to N.Korea same denuclearisation deal as for Libya, and he is confident Kim will accept it :)) I'm PRETTY SURE N.Korea expedited production of nukes like anything precisely because they saw what happened to Libya and Iraq, and for US to actually offer such deal now would be... what? I'm lost at words here.

Posted by: Harry | Apr 29, 2018 2:58:32 PM | 106

Prior to the leakage of the results of blood tests by the Swiss Federal Spiez Lab, we predicted the presence of two nerve agents, Novichok, a convulsant, and botulinum toxin, a paralytic agent, the two counteracting one another, and thus neither having a lethal effect.

We suggested the presence of botulinum toxin since the Skripals had consumed a seafood salad lunch, and seafood is commonly contaminated with Chlostridium botulinum, which produces the toxin (more deadly than Novichok) under anoxic conditions. However, the food could have been spiked with BZ, which like botulinum toxin, is a paralytic agent.

Alternatively, as others have suggested, the Skripals may have been treated prior to their blood being sampled with minute doses of a mixture of Novichok and its antidote BZ which would have caused little harm or distress, but would have shown up clearly in the GCMS analysis.

Posted by: CanSpeccy | Apr 29, 2018 3:36:46 PM | 107

After reading thru the comments at Craig Murray’s blog:

1) There is speculation that the Skripal poisoning was related to the Douma false flag but no one mentions (faulty memory?) the hair-on-fire reaction to the Syrian-Russian operation against East Ghouta that had begun weeks BEFORE Douma. The Russians had also warned - weeks before Douma - of false-flag preparations and I believe that I saw a report of finding SAA’s finding a lab in the first few weeks of the operation.

A false-flag was almost certainly meant to occur well before East Ghouta was lost. The Douma false flag was a last-ditch, hastily arranged, and largely botched attempt at a CW false flag.

The Skripal attack was most like meant to be coordinated with the planned false-flag to save East Ghouta NOT with the Douma BS false flag. A supposed ‘witness’ that talked of Skripal’s ‘foaming at the mouth” would’ve been much more relevant and memorable if a Syrian false flag had occurred days later instead of weeks later.

2) Someone suggested that the Skripal attack, if done by MI6, was meant not to kill Skripal but to teach him a lesson. This is muddied thinking at best and is similar to the suggestion here that Skripal had a “dead man’s switch”. None of that makes sense ( see my comment @90).

3) Someone reasoned that BZ (or BZ breakdowns) was found in the sample because it is an excellent counter to the ‘Novichok’. Thus, to safely get the Novichok into Skripal’s body prior to OPCW’s taking of samples a mixture of ‘Novichok’ and BZ was administered..

This, to me sounds plausible enough to be a working hypothesis (which is to say, more likely than any other theory that has been proposed).

This would mean that the Skripals are still alive. It also leaves open the question of what agent was used to incapacitate them on the park bench. Many commenters on Craig Murray’s site believe that the entire park bench scene was staged.

Also, it leads me to wonder: WHEN DID YULIA MAKE PLANS TO TRAVEL TO UK? was the trip planned months in advance or days before? To carry out this farce would require that a Yulia be with her father because while the authorities could deny the visit of a poor cousin, the would not be able to deny a daughter with $200k in the Bank.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 29, 2018 4:06:31 PM | 108

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Usually there does not seem to be any problem for Russians to get a visa.

In 2015, the UK issued 122,000 visas to Russians and 96% of applications were successful.

97% of visit visas were processed within 15 working days. The average processing time in 2015 was 7 working days.

The Home Office is committed to improving the UK Visa and Immigration Service, by making it more convenient, quicker and easier for applicants to apply for their visas.

So how did Yulia know that Victoria would not get a visa?

Posted by: somebody | Apr 29, 2018 4:18:36 PM | 109

I am concerned about the Skripals and about the Russian Embassy not immediately applying for a writ of habeas corpus. While both Sergei and Julia Skripal are being held incommunicado by the Intelligence unit which is a part of the Metropolitan police, we will never know the truth of what happened. Yulia [so we are told by her minders] has access to friends and family, this is a blatant lie, how do they explain the fact that she has not contacted friends and family nor have there been any photographs or recordings of anything she has said to back up this farrago of lies from the Police, neither can friends and family contact her in breach of all her human rights notably and as set out in the 1998 Human rights Act 1998 ‘Right to respect for private and family life i.e. ‘You have the right to uninterrupted and uncensored communication with others’, not discounting article 5 ‘Right to liberty and security’. Sergei is in the same position, he too is held incommunicado, the Salisbury hospital Trust has the Hospedia telephone system and Ofcom granted use of the 070 number range to enable every bedside unit to have its own unique telephone numbers so that friends and relatives can call patients directly, alleviating pressure on nursing staff having to field calls, the patients bedside phone number is unique to each patients account and can follow them around the hospital if they are moved bed, a frequent occurrence. The Police would have us believe the Skripals are such uncaring monsters that not only do they not wish to contact their relatives, but their relatives do not wish to contact them. The Home Office and Metropolitan Police are lying hypocrites, i would not be surprised if they were disappeared never to be heard of again. The Russian Embassy should apply for a writ of habeas corpus in the High Court, if it is challenged the Russian Government should look upon that as an act of war and take the necessary measures.

Posted by: Harry Law | Apr 29, 2018 4:52:33 PM | 110

I don't get one point: Why all this (state)enemies of the skripals want to give a warning to them instead of turn them dead. If he/they is/are potential wittinesses,from the enemies perspective its better for them to be dead.

So I don't see a reasonable rationale to give a warning. Looks more like a unsuccessful attempt of murder. Were the scripals dead, western propaganda would go better with it in blaming Russia and so on. Seems like the real event didn't play out like in the playbook, maybe because of the media attention they couldn't afford to kill the Skripals later.

Posted by: Ganosa | Apr 29, 2018 5:09:57 PM | 111

Jackrabbit @106--

It's possible Russia knows when Yulia applied for the required visa to visit UK given the scrutiny applied to her father and knows that answer. That might have been divulged via context of numerous statements from MFA, but they'd need a close review to be certain one way or another. I assume Russia knows a lot more than what it's divulged.

Posted by: karlof1 | Apr 29, 2018 5:23:53 PM | 112

This is my first comment, although I have followed MofA for some time, as it is one of the few sites where the analysis and much of the commentary is genuinely critical and dedicated to uncovering the truth.

I think that B is right to point to the lack of press curiosity as a significant factual element to this story, and a D-notice may be a likely cause. I remembered listening to the video of the Russian Ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko’s April 20 press conference (I saw The Saker’s posting of April 21, but it is available elsewhere) and recalled the audience laughing when the Ambassador suggested they should try to interview the Skripals.

I was not able to find a transcript of the press conference on the Russian Embassy site, but here is my very imperfect transcription of that moment, toward the end of the press conference, beginning at 1:13:39: the Ambassador asks the assembled reporters, “And that’s why I think that this is first of all the job of the media to ask the question, and by the way, why don’t all of you ask to, make a request to make an interview of Skripal? (muffled laughter in audience) Ah, you are smiling, me too! Why not come to this place and arrange a meeting with Skripal, father or daughter, and talk to her… ask what is going on? This is first. Second, I think that it’s very important that the British public, the society, should put more questions to their government. At least ask them to present something which is not leaks, and not the stories in the newspapers. We need transparency and I would say that Britain has such a good traditions of the press, and good traditions of finding the facts.”

I can think of only two explanations for this surprising laughter among the London press. Either they considered even an elementary effort at investigative journalism to be well outside their professional mandate, or that the idea of interviewing the Skripals was so absurdly impossible as to be comical. What other explanation could account for such lack of press curiosity? The facts that have come to light, the rush to judgment and aggressive action, combined with logical speculation at this site and elsewhere, all seem to point to the UK (both government and press) acting as if it were a guilty party. B was also among the first to point to a possible connection with the Steele dossier, and I think this is a promising hypothesis. The connection with the Douma incident has already been made by many, including even the UK govt, and is also likely.

My apologies if I am repeating an observation noted previously.

Les at TO

Posted by: Les at TO | Apr 29, 2018 6:13:27 PM | 113

Regarding the policeman, it was suggested on Murray's blog that he could have been the local detective shadowing Yulia. Especially if her father had been involved in the 'Dirty Dossier'.

Posted by: JohninMK | Apr 29, 2018 6:26:40 PM | 114

Re A-234 and BZ in the same dose - only Novichok was described as being in virgin state.
If both are administered at the same time, then both would be described as being in virgin state or neither would have that description. From the OCPW report, I take it BZ was metabolized to some degree but A-234 was not metabolized.

Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Apr 29, 2018 8:23:11 PM | 115

Peter

The lab detected some of it in a virgin state but also some of it was impure or broken down (probably by metabolism).

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 29, 2018 9:10:56 PM | 116

@111 les.. i agree with you.. those are all valid and relevant observations.. thanks..

@ 112 johninmk.. i said much the same here - "the policemen appears like an inside prop for this false flag op... that is what it looks like to me.."
Posted by: james | Apr 28, 2018 3:11:47 PM | 5

@114 jr... i admire your approach to most topics here at moa.. i am curious.. do you think going over these details is really critical when it is patently obvious the uk and the west are out to get russia and that any kind of cover up or lies are accepted as fact by the msm? i mean - it would be great if the uk was caught out in it's lies, but it is a bit like when you have been robbed and the person you know who did it is telling you they didn't do it! you know in your gut they are lying, but they are saying something else.. i am sorry i haven't been following the in's and out's of the chemical names, virgin or otherwise.. the uk is lying.. that is fairly obvious to see as i read it..

Posted by: james | Apr 29, 2018 9:42:05 PM | 117

james

The details matter. Suspecting that they are lying is not enough. If you can’t prove it then it’s ”who the fuck are you to question your betters!!?!”

That’s why the Russians take pains to demonstrate the lies like bringing witnesses to the OPCW. And reveal important details like BZ. It’s the only way to fight back against the lying BS that’s leading us to war.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 29, 2018 10:11:38 PM | 118

@ jr.. i agree that ultimately the details matter, but are we any further ahead here?? they just keep on tossing out more lies ontop of other lies, to continue on indefinitely... the russians do a good job of responding intelligently, but there has to come a point where they say 'fuck it'... what is the point? it is plain to see where all this is headed.. no amount of challenging the lies is going to alter the course the west is on with regard to russia here..

Posted by: james | Apr 29, 2018 10:17:17 PM | 119

So many questions ..... few answers and changing 'facts'.
The real story here is going nowhere and will soon fade for good.

Skripals given new identities and moved to USA.

Yeah right.

'Lose ends' conveniently gone for good now.

Posted by: Wildsilver | Apr 29, 2018 10:29:40 PM | 120

I don't get one point: Why all this (state)enemies of the skripals want to give a warning to them instead of turn them dead. If he/they is/are potential wittinesses,from the enemies perspective its better for them to be dead.

So I don't see a reasonable rationale to give a warning. Looks more like a unsuccessful attempt of murder. Were the scripals dead, western propaganda would go better with it in blaming Russia and so on. Seems like the real event didn't play out like in the playbook, maybe because of the media attention they couldn't afford to kill the Skripals later.

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Posted by: Ganosa | Apr 29, 2018 11:54:53 PM | 121

Jackrabbit "some of it was impure or broken down"
Do you have a link? I have not read about that.

Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Apr 30, 2018 1:26:17 AM | 122

james 117 "but are we any further ahead here"

As much for state consumption as western public consumption. I am starting to see a new iron curtain coming down that shrouds in five-eyes, Israel and perhaps Japan. Rest of the world joining Chinese and Russian win win visions for the future.

Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Apr 30, 2018 1:38:45 AM | 123

A plausible theory is that Porton Down made the Novichok and the plan was for Yulia Scribal to carry it to the middle east where it would be used as evidence in the clearly pre-planned gas attack in Syria. This would cause enough outrage to drive the Russians out of Syria completely allowing for the ongoing Saudi/Israeli/US plan for partitioning of Syria and balkanising the Middle East. The advantage of this would be that if caught Yulia was a Russian (and if needs be could be sacrificed to help the narrative). The Russians found out and decided to immobilise the Skripals and take back the Novochok. They did this using BZ - which has all the symptoms apparently displayed including the important one of 'not death'. The British government on discovering this panicked about Novichok - hence a day late in declaring nerve agent attack (instead of a calmer, nothing to see here, lets call in the OPCW) and then tried to distract with an attack on Russia. Russia have been relatively quiet because they DID use a nerve agent on British spies (which is what the Skripals technically are) but it was BZ, not Novichok. Recall that the Russian Head of General Staff stated a week later that there would likely be another false flag attack in Syria. In fact, everything the Russians have said fits this narrative. Not saying it's correct imply on that basis, but it stands up pretty well. And now the Home Secretary has resigned. She was useless, but I wonder if it is over the incompetence with which this was handled.

Posted by: Mark T | Apr 30, 2018 2:23:32 AM | 124

@ 85 You seem to be right :) at least according to a western media (?) There is a lot of mysteries going on in this Skripal family ( some real and some made)...We may never know truth...

Posted by: vbo | Apr 30, 2018 3:33:06 AM | 125

Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Apr 30, 2018 1:26:17 AM | 120

Lavrov seems to have said BZ and its "precursor".

It is an information war. Sending BZ control samples to two labs with blood samples only leaves the Dutch center to manipulate the samples. You can believe that or not. Using "Novichok" means the perpetrator intended to point at Russia. It is possible Skripals were chosen simply for the fact they live close to Porton Down.

There is no use speculating as long as the detailed report is kept secret.

Nobody cares about the truth anymore as all political aims have been achieved. Britain managed to get some kind of "united" Western front against Russia, and there is huge pressure on European countries to decide whose side they are on. Same for Russian oligarchs, or generally Russians in Britain and the US, though I don't know if that strategy has been thought through. It reeks of desperation. Presumably Russia has not only won the information war but also the spy war.

The "Western united front" is not that enthusiastic, by the way.

The good thing about BREXIT (which is bad for the UK) - Britain has no longer a voice in political decisions, Germany and France have a lot less funds to blackmail South-Eastern European countries.

Posted by: somebody | Apr 30, 2018 3:45:00 AM | 126

ONLY the enviornmental samples demonstrated the presence on the chemical in question. NOT the the biomed samples which "demonstrate" exposure to the chemical, but biomed analysis for such agents is not free of some degree of indeterminacy and therefore results consistent with exposure to the chemical could potentially be attributable to the exposure of the blood to chemicals that are breakdown products of A234 such as organophosphate pesticides. I'm not a chemist so couldnt say what chemicals.

Posted by: NS | Apr 30, 2018 7:01:58 AM | 127

WHO ARE THE PEOPLE ON THE CCTV VIDEO?

I video came out on March 6, showing an older man and a younger woman walking towards the park bench where the Skripals were found some 15 minutes later. Shots from the video were shown on TV news worldwide. At first the people were said to be were "persons of interests" or suspects. Later everyone somehow assumed they were the Skripals. But they are not! Yulia had red hair when she left Moscow. The woman on the video is blond. Did British authorities ever confirm who they think is on the video? Or did they tell people not to look? If so, who could it possibly be that should not be named? Pablo Miller, perhaps.

I reconstructed the information from Pablo Millers deleted LinkedIn profile using Google search and posted it and other material on him on our research site "A Closer Look On Syria". I also managed to retrieve two photographs from his LinkedIn profile that I believe portray him. A friend suggested that the gray haired man standing in front of a tank in Miller's photo has a strong resemblance to the man on the CCTV video.

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Apr 30, 2018 2:06:11 PM | 128

This was in letters to the Times on 15 March (I have copy of clipping)

Sir, Further to your report ('Poison exposure leaves almost 40 needing treatment'Mar 14)may I clarify that no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury and there have only ever been three patients with significant poisoning. Several people have attended the emergency department concerned that they may have been exposed. None has had any symptoms of poisoning and none has needed treatment. Any blood tests performed have shown no abnormality. No member of the public has been contaminated by the agent involved.
Stephen Davies
Consultant in emergency medicine.
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

So no 'nerve agent poisoning' says the doctor in the hospital. Only poisoning from an 'agent involved' - Fentanyl would be a good candidate for agent involved but the Doctor said -no nerve agent! Strange the media is not interviewing medical staff, the disappeared Detective Nick Bailey(MI5 agent/poisoner?) and now Skripals gone.

Posted by: Bobn | Apr 30, 2018 2:48:36 PM | 129

Yulia Skripal needs your help. Show solidarity by friending her on her social media account. Go to
https://vk.com/y.skripal From there you can add her as a friend from your Facebook account (or you can set up an account on vk.com).

You can also send Yulia a message and look at photos she took of her cat Nash Van Drake - who was taken to Porton Down, killed and incinerated (according to the UK government).

I don't think the Skripals were party to a false flag operation, because if they were then they would have made a statement backing up the UK Tory Government's story that they were poisoned by a Novichok. But if I'm wrong - well you can always unfriend her again.

The Tory Government is trying to make everybody forget about the Skripals with a MSM media blackout. We do not have a Bill of Rights to protect us and the Tories can't allow the Skripals to talk, so its very important that we show that we have not forgotten about them

Its Yulia's birthday on June 20th.

Posted by: J Martin | May 1, 2018 9:50:59 AM | 130

Russia should be seen to be doing more on behalf of Yulia Skripal
I never believed this 'incident' happened but it does not mean that I don't think that the Sripals have been abducted by the British state

Posted by: jazza | May 1, 2018 3:33:22 PM | 131

@Bobn129

I don't question the authenticity of Davies' letter, but I found only one image of it on Internet, with a date overprinted that is presumably wrong ("The Times 14th March", while the letter is an answer to a report from 14th March) and with a label "Russia|Video". Are yo sure that this letter was published by The Times on 15 March ? Some sources say "On March 16". It would be good to have firm evidence. Thanks in advance.

Posted by: Inquirer | May 2, 2018 6:07:19 AM | 132

I’m not sure if anyone mentioned this above but Fentanyl is most commonly administered by transdermal patch, like a nicotine patch. It is absorbed through the skin. It is usually prescribed to people who have developed a high opioid tolerance. Just handling the patch can be deadly if the person is opioid “naive.”

Posted by: K.woods | May 2, 2018 7:29:13 AM | 133

I reported the Pablo Miller link to Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd. of Chris Steele - Chris Burrows - Sir Andrew Wood last year in January when we were gifted with another MI6 British "dodgy dossier". At the time the LinkedIn page of Pablo Miller aka Antonio Alvaresde de Hidalgo was still up with content. I do appreciate British Intelligence for honoring us with a D Notice for the reference to their ties to former spies in today's new Cold War.

Posted by: Oui | May 2, 2018 7:59:14 AM | 134

See also my early post on 01-11-2017 where much of the research was done …

British Orbis Business Intelligence In Spy Row

Posted by: Oui | May 2, 2018 8:08:39 AM | 135

Franklin Percival gives a good reproduction of Davies' letter here :
https://twitter.com/FrankPercival/status/987991430906998784
In view of the title, this letter is certainly published here :
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-retaliation-against-russia-s-actions-p5hmpj8jh
(The Times, Letters to the Editor, March 16 2018, "British retaliation against Russia’s actions")
But this page is under pay wall, so I cannot read it.

Posted by: Inquirer | May 3, 2018 3:59:21 AM | 136

Posted by: Oui | May 2, 2018 8:08:39 AM | 135

Yes, it has been quite a conspiracy.

A former British ambassador to Russia played a key role in American intelligence agencies receiving explosive allegations about Donald Trump and the Kremlin.

The Independent has learned that US Senator John McCain spoke to Sir Andrew Wood, who served in Moscow as the UK’s head of mission for five years, about claims that the US President-elect was susceptible to blackmail over alleged sexual activity and that his team had colluded with Moscow during the presidential election campaign.

The meeting took place at an international security conference in Halifax, Canada, last November, after Mr Trump’s victory. There, Mr McCain sought the advice of Sir Andrew, a highly respected retired diplomat, on a dossier that was put together by Christopher Steele, a former MI6 officer, about Mr Trump and the Moscow connection.

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Mr McCain, the chair of the Senate armed forces committee, was so concerned by what he had heard that he personally met James Comey, the director of the FBI, after returning from the Canadian conference, and passed on the information. It formed part of a report about Russian interference in the US presidential election process that was presented to Barack Obama and Mr Trump by the intelligence agencies last week.
Sir Andrew, who became an advisor to Tony Blair after serving as ambassador to Russia from 1995 to 2000 and then Yugoslavia, said: “I would like to stress that I did not pass on any dossier to Senator McCain or anyone else and I did not see a dossier at the time. I do know Christopher Steele and in my view he is very professional and thorough in what he does.

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The revelations have been followed by some Tory MPs fulminating that the British role in it was a plot to sour relations between the UK and the incoming Trump administration. Some have claimed that this was an anti-Brexit plot. A right-wing tabloid claimed sources have “revealed” that Mr Steele was a “confimed socialist”. Sir Andrew said: “Really? That’s news to me. I think the feeling is that these are matters that need to be looked into.”

British intelligence services were told about the Trump allegations by Mr Steele, The Independent has learned. A senior official from one of the services confirmed that this week, before the news of the dossier broke in the US.

Under normal procedure the seriousness of the issue and the importance of the person in the centre of it, the President-elect of the US, would mean that the Prime Minister and the relevant members of her cabinet would be kept informed.

So part of the British establishment, Israel, Julian Assange, and Russia have been rooting for Trump, whilst most of the British deep state went for Hillary and the Neocons.

Skripal has been effectively taken out of circulation so no one will be able to ask him any questions.

Posted by: somebody | May 3, 2018 6:12:36 AM | 137

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