Johnson's additional claim that the attack was ordered, personally, by Russian President Putin is almost certainly, therefore, as baseless. That such "mad and horrible" allegations against Russia, as they have been described by Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, are being made by the British Government suggests the existence of a propaganda campaign in preparation for war. For that reason, the Skripal poisoning story deserves close public examination.
Two obvious questions about the case are: first, how was the poison administered; and second, why didn't the victims die, and die promptly, following deliberate exposure to this most lethal of a deadly class of chemical warfare agents?
In answer to the first question, the British media, quoting intelligence sources, have floated many ideas: impregnation of clothing; fumigation by drone; dust in the ventilation system of Sergei Skripal's car; in a package of buckwheat cereal delivered from Moscow by Yulia Skripal's friend; and the latest and seemingly most official theory, painted on the knob of Sergei Skripal's front door.
None of these theories has much plausibility, the problem with all but the aerial drone theory, for which there is not a scrap of evidence, is that the "military-grade" Novichok (as opposed to the stuff for treating aphids on your house plants?) allegedly used is said to be among the most lethal and fast acting poisons known. So how was it possible that the Skripal's could have gone out in their Novichok impregnated clothing, or after eating their Novichoc-laced buckwheat cereal, or driven around town in Segei Skripal's Novichok-contaminated car, or after both had managed to contaminate themselves from the knob of Sergei Skripal's front door, and only become ill three or four hours later?
Two plausible hypotheses come to mind:
First, that the Novichok was delivered in a slow release form in food, either the breakfast cereal or perhaps added to their restaurant meal. That would account for the slow action. However, the British authorities have settled on the implausible door-knob theory, based on their claim to the possession of a Russian spy manual that explains how to poison people by putting poison on door knobs (As Craig Murray points out, the story is highly improbably since spy agencies do not, as a rule, prepare Dummy Guides to Spy Craft and Assassinations).
The second possibility is that there was no nerve agent poisoning. That would be consistent with the letter published in the Times on March 14, 2018, from the Resident in Emergency Medicine, Stephen Davies, of the Salisbury Trust Hospital where the Skripals are said to have been taken for treatment. In that letter, Davies states: "no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury." Oops.
Is that possible? Could the whole episode be fake? Why not? It has been established that the British Government has lied about the Skripal poisonings. The only question now, therefore, is what are they hiding? And when you come to think about it, it is clear that not a single piece of hard evidence has been presented to the public that shows that anyone was exposed to a nerve agent in Salisbury.
|A very British Farce: by Mark J. Doran via Moon of Alabama|
Perhaps the dauntless investigator, London Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector, Nick Bailey, the other alleged victim of nerve agent poisoning, was also induced to swallow such a pill. In that case, Steven Davies' letter to the Times makes perfect sense, for in it he states: "there have only ever been three patients with significant poisoning," none of whom "experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning."
As for the condition of the Skripal's, official reports have generally been obscure. Access to Yulia Skripal, a Russian citizen has been denied to members of the Russian embassy staff, although such access is guaranteed under international conventions to which both Britain and Russia are a party. Moreover, whereas it was said weeks after the alleged poisoning that the Skripal's had a negligible chance of recovery, it has been reported that Yulia Skripal accessed the Internet within three days of here allegedly near-fatal and almost certainly disabling poisoning.
Yulia Skripal in conversation with her cousin in Russia (Source)
So, yes, the Salisbury nerve gas attack looks like an incredibly incompetently executed piece of fake news in which the government of Theresa May is complicit.
As to motive, it's evident that Sergei Skripal has done alright since settling in one of the pleasantest towns in Southern England. He owns his own home, he drives a flash car, he has a holiday villa in Spain. So who's he working for? With people closely connected with MI6, apparently. So the Skripal's would seem like natural fake victims of a fake Russian WMD-horror-attack on British soil aimed at stoking Russophobia for whatever confrontation with Russia is currently in preparation.
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