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What damned cheek to murder a Russian defector and his daughter in the sleepy town of Salisbury! Britain, the US, Germany and Canada are all blasting Russia for this dastardly act that was apparently committed using a new nerve agent allegedly made in Russia known to the media as ‘Novichok.’

The victims of the attack, Sergei Skripal and his daughter, are now under intensive care in the hospital and said to be in grave condition. Britain’s embattled Prime Minister, Theresa May, accused Russia of staging an act of war against Britain and vows revenge. Without yet producing any solid proof.

The Salisbury attack has sharply boosted May’s fortunes and her standing with voters. Before the incident, she was sinking in the post-Brexit storm and facing a Tory rebellion.

But moral outrage won’t buy you lunch. Serious observers must begin asking the obvious question, ‘if the wicked Vlad Putin ordered this crime, why?’ A week before Russia’s national elections? At a time when Russia is being badly hurt by US-imposed trade and financial sanctions?

The toxic substance used – if we are to believe the Brits – was reportedly only made in Russia for military use. Russia, by the way, is in the process of destroying its chemical weapons. Why would Russia use an easily-identified, signature weapon instead of bullets, an untraceable lethal spray (ask the CIA about these) or a seeming accident? Why a deadly toxin when a jab in the neck with a needle would do just as well?

To me, a veteran intelligence watcher and the only journalist shown the KGB’s collection of spycraft, I suspect the attack on the Skripals was more likely done by rogue Russian intelligence agents or by an old-boys network of revenge-seeking retired KGB agents. Maybe even to embarrass President Putin on election eve.

Skripal was no innocent lamb. He had secretly worked for British intelligence MI6, betraying fellow Soviet agents, for years across Europe for money. He was given refuge in Britain after the Cold War. There is nothing lower in the intelligence game than an agent who betrays for money – a Judas with his 30 pieces of silver.

Revenge is a dish best served cold, according to the old saying. KGB’s predecessors used to field a special unit called ‘Death to Spies,’ better known as ‘Smersh’ to liquidate traitors and turncoats. Readers of James Bond books will recognize Smersh. Moscow supposedly disbanded this outfit and its poison laboratories at the end of the Cold War. But my information is that it still exists, either officially or under cover.

Former KGB men are in high positions in Moscow. It’s my belief that it was the KGB that overthrew Boris Yeltsin and installed one of its agents, Vladimir Putin, in power. In 1988, I was told this would happen by KGB’s two most senior officials at its Lubyanka headquarters in Moscow.

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There are also large numbers of retired ‘hard men’ of the KGB, or ‘siloviki,’ playing chess and missing the good old Soviet days. I have little doubt that an informal group of them could have acquired toxic agents from the old KGB Moscow poison lab, the notorious ‘Kamera’, as may have occurred in the 2006 poisoning in London of Russian defector, FSB intelligence agent Alexander Livinenko. He was also working for British intelligence and a bitter foe of Vladimir Putin.

London has long been a center for foes of Russia’s government. At KGB HQ I saw possessions belonging to ‘Ace of Spies’ Sydney Reilly dating from the 1920’s when British agent Reilly tried to overthrow the new Soviet government. British intelligence and Russia/Soviet Union were the most bitter of enemies. Moscow called London ‘a nest of spies’ – which, of course, it is. But no longer a haven of security for Russian defectors.

Britain’s current moral outrage over the attempted murder should be tempered by its own sinister record of assassinations, extrajudicial killings and skullduggery.

British bombs bought by Saudi Arabia are now blasting Yemen, killing thousands. The full story of Secret Air Service (SAS) lethal operations in Yemen and Oman remain to be told. People who live in glass houses…

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. hyperbola says:

    The Brits have a LONG history of attacking their own population for the benefit of their corrupt elite.

    The UK Government is Manufacturing its Nerve Agent Case for ‘Action’ on Russia

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48952.htm

    …. The British government’s line has been chorused uncritically by the entire global press corps, with little scrutiny of its plausibility. But there is a problem: far from offering a clear-cut evidence-trail to Vladimir Putin’s chemical warfare labs, the use of Novichok in the nerve gas attack on UK soil points to a wider set of potential suspects, of which Russia is in fact the least likely…..

    …. But it is not just the US. According to Craig Murray — former US Ambassador to Uzbekistan and prior to that a longtime career diplomat in the UK Foreign Office who worked across Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia — the British government itself has advanced capabilities in Novichok:

    “The ‘novochok’ group of nerve agents — a very loose term simply for a collection of new nerve agents the Soviet Union were developing fifty years ago — will almost certainly have been analysed and reproduced by Porton Down. That is entirely what Porton Down is there for. It used to make chemical and biological weapons as weapons, and today it still does make them in small quantities in order to research defences and antidotes. After the fall of the Soviet Union Russian chemists made a lot of information available on these nerve agents. And one country which has always manufactured very similar persistent nerve agents is Israel.”

    But the British government doesn’t want to investigate Porton Down, not even to rule out the possibility that it may have ‘lost control’ of some of its Novichok stockpiles…..

    Porton Down: proudly experimenting with nerve gas on the British public from the 1950s to 1989

    Perhaps the government is worried about what it might actually discover if it asks too many questions about Porton Down itself.

    The facility has a somewhat chequered history in relation to the abuse of chemical and biological weapons programmes that has been largely forgotten. This history illustrates that the British government has not at all been averse to using chemical and biological weapons on its own population, just to see what happens.

    Two years ago, the Independent reported on new historical research which found that during the Cold War, the British government “used the general public as unwitting biological and chemical warfare guinea pigs on a much greater scale than previously thought.” Over 750 secret operations had been carried out on “hundreds of thousands of ordinary Britons” involving “biological and chemical warfare attacks launched from aircraft, ships and road vehicles.”…..
    _______________________________________________________________

    This looks more like another false flag by the Brit government than anything else.

    WMD Lies Strike Again: The Skripal Incident

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48993.htm

    …. The fact that the alleged creator of Novichok agents – Vil Mirzayanov – fled to and currently lives in the United States suggests the West has both knowledge of and the means to create Novichok agents themselves…..

    The Novichok Story Is Indeed Another Iraqi WMD Scam

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48995.htm

    I have now received confirmation that Porton Down scientists are not able to identify the nerve gas as being of Russian manufacture…..

    …. To summarise:

    1) Porton Down has acknowledged in publications it has never seen any Russian “novichoks”. The UK government has absolutely no “fingerprint” information such as impurities that can safely attribute this substance to Russia.
    2) Until now, neither Porton Down nor the world’s experts at the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were convinced “Novichoks” even exist.
    3) The UK is refusing to provide a sample to the OPCW.
    4) “Novichoks” were specifically designed to be able to be manufactured from common ingredients on any scientific bench. The Americans dismantled and studied the facility that allegedly developed them. It is completely untrue only the Russians could make them, if anybody can.
    5) The “Novichok” programme was in Uzbekistan not in Russia. Its legacy was inherited by the Americans during their alliance with Karimov, not by the Russians…..

  2. Russia, by the way, is in the process of destroying its chemical weapons.

    A bit behind the times here:

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands – 27 September 2017 – The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, made a statement today marking the completion of the full destruction of the 39,967 metric tons of chemical weapons possessed by the Russian Federation.

    The Director-General stated: “The completion of the verified destruction of Russia’s chemical weapons programme is a major milestone in the achievement of the goals of the Chemical Weapons Convention. I congratulate Russia and I commend all of their experts who were involved for their professionalism and dedication.

    I also express my appreciation to the States Parties that assisted the Russian Federation with its destruction program and thank the OPCW staff who verified the destruction.”

    https://www.opcw.org/news/article/opcw-director-general-commends-major-milestone-as-russia-completes-destruction-of-chemical-weapons-stockpile-under-opcw-verification/

  3. martin2 says:

    THIS PASSAGE

    Skripal was no innocent lamb. He had secretly worked for British intelligence MI6, betraying fellow Soviet agents, for years across Europe for money. He was given refuge in Britain after the Cold War. There is nothing lower in the intelligence game than an agent who betrays for money – a Judas with his 30 pieces of silver.

    is deliberately misleading. Mr Skripal is not a fugitive. He was released from prison in Russia as the result of a spy swap negotiation. For the Russians to subsequently try to murder him – if indeed they did – marks them out as dishonorable men, not keeping to their side of the bargain.

    Furthermore, apart from his daughter, many other British civilians were threatened by these chemicals and one – a policeman – has been made seriously ill. Assassinations or attempted assassinations at this level are supposed to be “clean” in that innocent third parties are never endangered. This also marks a falling away from the standards one expects in these matters. In fact the only people who routinely endanger civilians in their feuds are blacks. Are Russians the new blacks?

  4. But moral outrage won’t buy you lunch. Serious observers must begin asking the obvious question, ‘if the wicked Vlad Putin ordered this crime, why?’ A week before Russia’s national elections? At a time when Russia is being badly hurt by US-imposed trade and financial sanctions?

    Because Russian voters are patriotic people who like to see that Russia is powerful, and can strike its traitors wherever they hide. A week before elections is a great time to commit such a crime, and allows enough time for Theresa May’s impotent reaction to be ridiculed and dismissed.

    Why would Russia use an easily-identified, signature weapon instead of bullets, an untraceable lethal spray (ask the CIA about these) or a seeming accident? Why a deadly toxin when a jab in the neck with a needle would do just as well?

    Because they want people to know that Russia is responsible for the attack. They are sending a message to the world that Russia is not to be trifled with, and its traitors have no place to hide. They have a history of using signature weapons: Litvinenko was killed with a dose of Polonium 210 that was so large it had a commercial value of $10 million.

    To me, a veteran intelligence watcher and the only journalist shown the KGB’s collection of spycraft,

    It is possible they tell every foreign visitor they are the only one privileged to see the collection.

    I suspect the attack on the Skripals was more likely done by rogue Russian intelligence agents or by an old-boys network of revenge-seeking retired KGB agents.

    Maybe so, but the Russian state is nevertheless responsible for safeguarding its stocks of chemical weapons. Stocks that it agreed to destroy when it ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention.

    It’s my belief that it was the KGB that overthrew Boris Yeltsin and installed one of its agents, Vladimir Putin, in power. In 1988, I was told this would happen by KGB’s two most senior officials at its Lubyanka headquarters in Moscow.

    They must have been remarkably prescient, because this was three years before Yeltsin came to power!

    British bombs bought by Saudi Arabia are now blasting Yemen, killing thousands.

    Agreed, this trade is a disgrace.

    The full story of Secret Air Service (SAS) lethal operations in Yemen and Oman remain to be told.

    There have been at least two books on the “secret war” in Oman already.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  5. @hyperbola

    But the British government doesn’t want to investigate Porton Down, not even to rule out the possibility that it may have ‘lost control’ of some of its Novichok stockpiles…..

    Allow me to suggest an alternative explanation. Such an investigation did indeed take place, and it was concluded very quickly, because Porton Down disposed of its Novichok not years but decades ago, in order to comply with the Chemical Weapons Convention.

  6. Dan Hayes says:

    The “operation” was too sloppy unless it was purposefully designed to publicize the event. Would Russia or any of its minions deliberately injure innocent bystanders and thereby inflame public opinion with fear. Very unlikely.

    Look for the culprit or culprits much closer to, if not, at home!

    • Replies: @Realist
  7. Realist says:

    “What damned cheek to murder a Russian defector and his daughter in the sleepy town of Salisbury! Britain, the US, Germany and Canada are all blasting Russia for this dastardly act that was apparently committed using a new nerve agent allegedly made in Russia known to the media as ‘Novichok.’”

    It’s not new.

  8. @hyperbola

    Absolutely, hyperbola.
    Indeed, these Novichoks are not even a banned substance by the OPCW, on the basis that there is, as you point out, no evidence that they even exist.
    So full marks to the UK for an amazing bit of science: the identification (in a matter of days) of a substance that apparently doesn’t exist. No wonder they’re a bit hesitant to share their “evidence” with anyone, including the OPCW….

  9. This Margolis article is a load of self-aggrandizing horse sh*t from nose to tail. Better is the following from a real intelligence hand:

    [MORE]

    Mirzayanov’s book, published in 2008, contains the formulas he alleges can be used to create Novichoks. In 1995, he explained that “the chemical components or precursors” of Novichok are “ordinary organophosphates that can be made at commercial chemical companies that manufacture such products as fertilizers and pesticides.”

    If his claims are remotely accurate, then that means Novichoks can actually be manufactured by anyone who reads Mirzayanov’s book with access to a decent laboratory. Which means that Theresa May’s claim that Novichoks lead only to Russia is little more than a deception.
    Other states have Novichok capabilities, but the British government doesn’t want to investigate them

    The OPCW’s authoritative verdict on Russia’s now destroyed chemical weapons capabilities should be enough to give anyone pause for thought in rushing to judgement concerning Russian responsibility for the Novichok attack.

    Instead, the British government appears to have no interest in investigating the fact that there are other state agencies with significant nerve agent capabilities. Like its ally, the United States.

    Under Boris Yeltsin, who won Russian elections thanks to Western covert meddling, the Russian government had declared that it was not stockpiling Novichok. This is why Yeltsin did not report Novichok’s existence under chemical-weapons conventions at the time — because the official Russian position was that the stockpiles no longer existed.

    It turns out the Americans themselves were involved in the dismantlement of Russia’s remaining Novichok capabilities.

    In August 1999, as the BBC reported, US defence experts arrived in Uzbekistan to help “dismantle and decontaminate one of the former Soviet Union’s largest chemical weapons testing facilities.” The facility was known as “a major research site for a new generation of secret, highly lethal chemical weapons, known as Novichok”, and provided the US ample opportunity to learn about this nerve agent and reproduce it for testing and defence purposes.

    But it is not just the US. According to Craig Murray — former US Ambassador to Uzbekistan and prior to that a longtime career diplomat in the UK Foreign Office who worked across Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia — the British government itself has advanced capabilities in Novichok:

    “The ‘novochok’ group of nerve agents — a very loose term simply for a collection of new nerve agents the Soviet Union were developing fifty years ago — will almost certainly have been analysed and reproduced by Porton Down. That is entirely what Porton Down is there for. It used to make chemical and biological weapons as weapons, and today it still does make them in small quantities in order to research defences and antidotes. After the fall of the Soviet Union Russian chemists made a lot of information available on these nerve agents. And one country which has always manufactured very similar persistent nerve agents is Israel.”

    But the British government doesn’t want to investigate Porton Down, not even to rule out the possibility that it may have ‘lost control’ of some of its Novichok stockpiles.
    Porton Down: proudly experimenting with nerve gas on the British public from the 1950s to 1989

    Perhaps the government is worried about what it might actually discover if it asks too many questions about Porton Down itself.

    The facility has a somewhat chequered history in relation to the abuse of chemical and biological weapons programmes that has been largely forgotten. This history illustrates that the British government has not at all been averse to using chemical and biological weapons on its own population, just to see what happens.

    Two years ago, the Independent reported on new historical research which found that during the Cold War, the British government “used the general public as unwitting biological and chemical warfare guinea pigs on a much greater scale than previously thought.”

    Read more:

    https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/the-british-governments-russia-nerve-agent-claims-are-bullshit-a69b4ee484ce

    • Replies: @Kiza
  10. Bond says:

    Occam’s razor says go with the simplest explanation.
    Qui Bono mean s always ask “who benefits.”

    When looked at in those terms, the spy and assasination agencies (license to kill) in the UK are the obvious places that any competent and independent investigator should be looking for the murderer. Most likely with CIA support.

    This story about Russia using an unknown Soviet nerve agent when Russia has destroyed all such agents under international supervision (but of which the UK obviously has samples) would be rejected as ridiculous and too far-fetched to be even the plot-line for the next Bond movie.

  11. That someone other than the Russian state carried this out appears far more likely. If the Russian state wanted to kill him, it would have been a lot simpler to do so during the 5.5 years he was in jail in Russia after being convicted of treason. It should be noted that he betrayed no soviet spies, as he began working for the British in 1995.

  12. Philip Owen says: • Website

    There is much more to this than meets the eye.

    The one country that has definitely made Novichoks, all 6 in fact, is Iran.

    Skripal was not living in quiet retirement. He was involved in compiling the Fusion GPC/Orbis dossier on Trump. He was potentially of interest to the CIA, FSB, MI6 and Mossad all at once. The story is too long to reproduce here but here is a link to my Blog post on this.

    https://waleseuroperussiafuture.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/revenge-of-spies-how-to-become-target.html

  13. Trying really hard to remember the last time the British government told the truth in the last 20 or so years – and coming up empty. I just can’t recall a single instance. It’s an uninterrupted chain of lies, as far as I am concerned. Sometimes they lie more, sometimes less, but they avoid truth like a plague.
    My heartfelt condolences go to the ordinary British people who absolutely don’t deserve to be ruled by this unscrupulous scum.

  14. Realist says:
    @Dan Hayes

    Most likely this was done by the British government. It is, sadly, not uncommon for Western governments to kill their own people in false flag events or unnecessary wars to promote a political agenda or provide riches to the elite. Two of the worst in America over the last 70 years are the Korean war and Vietnam war, where 10′s of thousands were slaughtered.

  15. Kiza says:
    @Ronald Thomas West

    Welcome back RTW, really glad to see you back.

    Just one small correction from me: not this article then most articles by this CIA journalist, Margolis, are the way you describe, self-aggrandising horsesh*t. But he has his own following.

    http://www.unz.com/article/russian-to-judgement/#comment-2251074

  16. JamesG says:

    “I suspect the attack on the Skripals was more likely done by rogue Russian intelligence agents or by an old-boys network of revenge-seeking retired KGB agents.”

    Maybe.

    But he was not ex-KGB.

    He was ex-military intelligence whose recruits were routinely made to watch a film, complete with sound track, of the execution of a traitor who was strapped down and slowly fed into a furnace feet first.

    • LOL: Kiza
  17. peterAUS says:

    To me, a veteran intelligence watcher..

    simply does not compute with

    Secret Air Service (SAS)

    “Secret”?!
    Not “Special”?

    Some inside joke?

  18. Binyamin says:

    Russian security agents, with or without Kremlin’s approval carried out a nerve gas attack on British Soil. Within days another Russian exile was murdered in his London flat. The Russian agents knew that Britain is too weak a country (compared to Russian military might) to retaliate. Firstly, half the most desirable London addresses are populated by Russian gangsters and secondly the Russian assassins understood that their government has too much incriminating evidence on the guy who loves eating McDonald in bed while watching Fox News and who currently has barricaded himself in the White House. One almost longs for the certainly of the Cold War era when we all knew who the bad guys were and not a shot was fired in anger between the West and the Ruskies. Neither side killed the other’s agents, least of all in each other’s countries.

    • Replies: @Kiza
  19. Kiza says:
    @Binyamin

    Mr Netanyahu, I am glad to see that you could join us here at unz.com. Thank you for spilling your Mossad wisdom.

  20. TheJester says:

    The British diplomatic and media tantrum over the “Salisbury” incident is a grand fabrication to redirect the public’s attention away from Prime Minister May’s failed BRITEX effort. The whole thing is preposterous. Britain (or what remains of it) militarily threatening Russia?

    I doubt if Britain is militarily capable of protecting the English Channel. To wit: The much vaunted British Navy of history aside, Britain today does not appear able to turn back the invasion of Third World immigrants that is currently threatening the existence of Britain as a national entity.

    Talk about a “Paper Tiger”.

    P.S. I’m pondering whether Britain, Sweden, or California will be the first Western political entity to expire due to the hysteria born from a feminized culture grounded in emotion, irrationality, and inconsistency.

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