It seems to me that the reason none of the MSM are doing any investigating/reporting of the Salisbury affair, apart from official handouts, is that the government have slapped a D-Notice over the whole incident and it is not possible to report that a notice has been issued.To those not familiar with British Officialese, a D-Notice is an order issued by the Government to the media prohibiting publication of certain information. So a D-Notice covering the Skripal poisonings or some aspects of the case would mean that the truth will never be publicly known.
And if the Government does not wish the public to know the truth of the matter, then they must clearly intend that the public believe something that is not true, and in particular, it seems almost certain that the untruth that Her Majesty's Britannic Government wants the public to believe is that the Skripals were poisoned by the Russians.
And if the Russians didn't do it, then it must surely have been the Brits themselves, unless it was one of their special friends, Israel or the United States.
What is not entirely clear from Clive Ponting's comment is whether a D-Notice in the case of the Skripal poisonings has been issued, or whether that is merely a presumption. However, Murray quotes Channel 4 journalist, Alex Thomson, in a direct assertion that a D-Notice has been issued, so it seems pretty certain that the Brits are lying, which is not really surprising since Boris Johnson, UK Foreign Secretary, has already been caught in a direct lie about the origin of the poison allegedly used on the Skripals.
M.J. Carley: The Skripal Affair: A Lie Too Far?
Craig Murray: Where They Tell You Not to Look
The Blogmire: The UK Government’s Skripal Conspiracy Theory – or The Art of Holding a Mass of Contradictory Thoughts in Your Head
Valeri Suchov: This is the kind of reflections that contribute to prove the UK gov staged attack on the Skripals
Off Guardian: The farcical reality behind Theresa May’s “novichok” story
CanSpeccy: WMD Attack in Salisbury, England: Nerve Agent, Russian Agent, Double Agent, Triple Agent, Spiked Blood Sample, Silent Witnesses, and Propaganda
CanSpeccy: Novichok: Russia's Antidote to Seafood Poisoning
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