UK Home Secretary: Let's Not "Jump To Conclusions" About Russian Spy's Poisoning

Earlier this week, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson threatened to boycott the 2018 World Cup if evidence emerges that the poisoning of former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia Skripal was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin. He added that Russia had become a "malign and disruptive force" and also accused it of interfering in elections.

And just yesterday, scientists at the UK Ministry of Defense said the attack on Skripal is being treated as a "major incident" involving "attempted murder by administration of a nerve agent." Scientists say they've identified the nerve agent.

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However, while UK lawmakers are already howling about Russia's involvement, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, hardly a Russophile, cautioned that MPs and the public shouldn't jump to conclusions; instead, they should wait until a clearer picture of the evidence emerges, adding that she is "confident" police and security services will identify those responsible, according to Bloomberg.

"When we have all the evidence of what took place we will, if it’s appropriate, attribute it to somebody. If that is the case we will have a plan in place," Rudd told BBC Radio 4’s Today show. "We are absolutely robust about crimes committed on these streets, in the U.K. There’s nothing soft about the U.K.’s response to any sort of state activity in this country."

Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious on a bench Sunday at a shopping center in Salisbury, southwest of London. Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley told reporters in London late on Wednesday that the two were "targeted specifically." A police officer who responded to the scene was also hospitalized, though his condition is far more optimistic.

Rudd said UK security services are working constantly behind the scenes to counter threats to the UK.

"You may not hear about it all - but when we do see there is action to be taken, we will take it," Rudd said. "There is activity the police, the security services take day in day out that protects us, that keeps us safe that we don’t hear about every day, partly because of their success at doing the job they do so bravely and so well."

Meanwhile, Rob Wainwright, the head of Europol, hinted that "there are not 101 likely offenders" - a slight at Russia - adding "this is an outrageous affront to our security in Europe and our way of life."

UK officials are treating the attack as a "state-sponsored" assassination attempt, though there are alternative theories, as Bloomberg points out (though it doesn't provide any details).

Skripal was convicted in 2006 of passing the identities of Russian agents in Europe to the Mi6, the UK's Secret Intelligence Service. Russian authorities said payments totaling $100,000 were made into a Spanish bank account in return for his work for the UK.

Skripal was sentenced to 13 years in jail, but in 2010 was pardoned and sent to Britain, in a swap deal involving agents who had been arrested in the US. His case bears uncomfortable echoes of the poisoning death of Alexander Litvinenko, another former Russian spy who died in 2006 after his tea was spiked with radioactive polonium.

Comments

philipat Stu Elsample Thu, 03/08/2018 - 09:33 Permalink

Oh come on. Why would Putin take out an ex-double agent 10 years after the event, in the UK when his information was completely out of date and he no longer was any threat to anyone? And why try to kill his daughter (Who works for PepsiCo in Moscow; coincidentally)?

This has all the marks of a CIA false flag all over it, and of course in the UK, they will have no critical pushback so the pressure on Russia can just keep stepping up.

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Freddie 07564111 Thu, 03/08/2018 - 10:05 Permalink

Roth$child stooge and neo-con buffoon Boris Johnson (a NYC born part Turk) said England should boycott the World Cup in Russia.  Stay home with your wog team.  You have not been a decent team since the Roth$child/Barbara Spectre zio scum loaded up England and the European soccer leagues/Premier with wogs.   Italy put wog Baltotelli from some hell hole in Africa and the Italian team became horrible.  Idiots.

 

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ATM Bastiat Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:12 Permalink

I said it when it was first reported. Bet this is the guy who was the "source" of Steele's bullshit. 

I am sure he was seen as a threat to the Russia narrative and knew names. Now he can't talk. I hope they save him but would bet $1000 he dies. They wouldn't want him to live so he will be unsave-able.

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DillyDilly shizzledizzle Thu, 03/08/2018 - 09:32 Permalink

Actually, if you BAKE baking soda in the oven for a few hours, it starts to turn into something "kan sui", that resembles LYE. It's one of the ways that when you make chinese ramen noodles from scratch (not the stupid MSG ones that you get in the store), it adds to their springiness & chewiness, and they don't disintegrate when you boil them.

 

Easy & tasty homemade Ramen noodles:

 

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Vageling Thu, 03/08/2018 - 09:32 Permalink

Who gives a fuck. Not the first traitor spy that is being terminated. He was sentenced to 13 years but ended up in US hands due to an spy exchange with Russia. And Europol needs to put a sock in it. What security? Your job security? Fuck off clowns.

Vageling sidfalco Thu, 03/08/2018 - 09:42 Permalink

That won't fly. As I see it this traitor has many enemies, including Russia. But the UK and US aren't his friends either. Who knows who he all fucked over. Wanna play a rouge Bond? Yeah, somebody will put a contract on you. These are not civilians, something people overlook. Besides these gubbies can keep their hypocrisy to themselves. They know all about collateral damage just too well. Sure, sucks for the cop.

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land_of_the_few Vageling Thu, 03/08/2018 - 09:53 Permalink

Cop is doing a little better and speaking now.

"Police officer hospitalised after poison spy attack is awake and talking"

"Ms Rudd said: ... The policeman is talking and is engaging, so I'm more optimistic for him, but it's too early to say. This is a nerve agent. You know, we are still treating it as very serious.”

She added that she was "hopeful" that the police officer would make a recovery."

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/16073366.police-officer-hospital…

 

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Sandmann Vageling Thu, 03/08/2018 - 09:56 Permalink

Well Litvinenko was Berezhovsky's boy lined up to challenge Putin for Director at FSB but Putin was only in place for 12 months. Yeltsin was manipulated by Berezhovsky who thought he was kingmaker. Blair let Beezhovsky into UK and Berezhovsky brought Litvinenko into UK and kept him busy on his Israel deals.

As for this GRU man - he is spent. Unless he was playing with Christopher Steele and the MI6 Setup to "Stop Trump" which no doubt May knows all about, it is hard to see why he mattered. Then again the way the hounds are let loose once they get a chance to vilify Russia, it might well be a CIA operation to make everyone dance in the street demanding nuclear war.

Skripal should have been given a knighthood like that great British traitor Kim Philby.......surely he was honoured by the UK for his services to exposing all their agents in GDR and Ukraine and having them executed ?

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aliens is here Thu, 03/08/2018 - 09:37 Permalink

So what he is a double agent which means he'll turn on you for bigger paycheck. Whoever tried to kill him did a good thing but don't blame it on the Russians to start something. Feel sorry for his daughter though. She shouldn't be poisoned on account of what her crook father did.

silverer Neochrome Thu, 03/08/2018 - 10:24 Permalink

There's a worse poison pouring into Europe.

"a slight at Russia - adding "this is an outrageous affront to our security in Europe and our way of life."

But those musloid immigrants? Setting off grenades and raping women and children? Not an affront to your security or way of life? Ever see rat poison walk on two legs?

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Byrond Thu, 03/08/2018 - 09:49 Permalink

A citizen uses a gun: global protests

A foreign agent uses a nerve agent chemical weapon outdoors in London: hey, everything is fine, just be happy!

By the way, I'm not for or against guns. But if I was an elected leader and chemical weapons were being used on my home turf, I'd be quite peeved and very concerned.

land_of_the_few Byrond Thu, 03/08/2018 - 10:51 Permalink

It wasn't in London, it was 60 miles away in Salisbury, an Army town near the bioweapons development lab at Porton Down, also near a live fire tank and artillery range. Which seems more than a bit cheeky of whoever it was ... somebody is gonna be sitting sweating somewhere ...

Maybe they should be looking at:

Ukis

friends of Ukis ...

Tunisian/Algerian/Chechen jihadis that may have some connection to Syria ops

are there any ISIS-beardies in Salisbury? They're getting wiped out right now in Syria, they must be absolutely furious

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Mustahattu Thu, 03/08/2018 - 09:53 Permalink

A spy knows the risks and a double-agent is in it for the money or for personal gain. It would be appropriate such people are executed when caught. Not sure why this guy was not executed, perhaps they figured out he was more valuable alive - as was the case. So was he still on the job, or was it revenge? 

Really, who cares about this guy. What would be great if Seth Rich’s assasination got this much press.

silverer Thu, 03/08/2018 - 10:11 Permalink

That can happen when you don't pay your loan shark. Probably a London banker getting even or some other personal conflict getting settled. Possibly false flag attempt. Why should Russia risk something like that now with all the new tensions already posing issues and NATO climbing up Russia's ass? Is the life of one spy grunt worth the hassle? Not important in the big picture. I tend to think not the Russian gov, unless that guy caused some deaths due to his work. The Russians don't like that, but who would?

BarkingCat silverer Thu, 03/08/2018 - 11:25 Permalink

I doubt Russia gives a shit out NATO repercussions. It could have been done as an example to say "we can get you wherever you go".

Remember all the Russians that were terminated in various places. That list includes an ambassador,  Putin's driver amongst others.

 

Guy was a traitor.  Traitors should be executed,  be they Russian,  Iranian or American. 

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