20 More Questions That Journalists Should Be Asking About The Skripal Case

Authored by Rob Slane via TheBlogMire.com,

To my knowledge, none of the questions I wrote in my previous piece - 30 questions That Journalists Should be Asking About the Skripal Case – has been answered satisfactorily, at least not in the public domain.

Yet despite the fact that these legitimate questions have not yet been answered, and many important facts surrounding the case are still unknown, the case has given rise to a serious international crisis, with the extraordinary expulsion of Russian diplomats across many EU countries and particularly the United States on March 26th.

This is a moment to stop and pause.

A man and his daughter were poisoned in the City of Salisbury on 4th March. Yet despite the fact that investigators do not yet appear to know how they were poisoned, when they were poisoned, or where they were poisoned, a number of Western nations have used the incident as a pretext for the co-ordinated expulsion of diplomats on a scale not witnessed even during the height of the Cold War. These are clearly very abnormal and very dangerous times.

I pointed out in my previous piece that it is not my intention to advance some sort of conspiracy theory on this blog. It remains the case that I simply don’t have any holistic theory — “conspiracy” or otherwise — for who carried this out, and I continue to retain an open mind. But since the Government of my country has rushed to judgement without many of the facts of the case being established, and since this has led to the biggest deterioration in relations between nuclear-armed nations since the Cuban Missile Crisis, it seems to me that it is more important than ever to keep asking questions in the hope that answers will come.

And so, for what it’s worth, here are 20 more important questions that I think that journalists ought to be asking regarding this case:

1. Have the police yet identified any suspects in the case?

2. If so, is there any evidence connecting them to the Russian Government?

3. If not, how is it possible to determine culpability, as the British Government has done?

4. In her statement to the House of Commons on 12th March 2018, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May stated the following:

“It is now clear that Mr Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia. This is part of a group of nerve agents known as ‘Novichok’. Based on the positive identification of this chemical agent by world-leading experts at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down” [my emphasis added].

In the judgement at the High Court on 22nd March on whether to allow blood samples to be taken from Sergei and Yulia Skripal for examination by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), evidence submitted by Porton Down to the court (Section 17 i) stated the following:

“Blood samples from Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal were analysed and the findings indicated exposure to a nerve agent or related compound. The samples tested positive for the presence of a Novichok class nerve agent or closely related agent” [my emphasis added].

So the Prime Minister said that Porton Down had positively identified the substance as a Novichok nerve agent. The statement from Porton Down says that their tests indicated that it was a Novichok agent or closely related agent. Are these two statements saying exactly the same thing?

5. Why were the phrases “related compound” and “closely related agent” added to the statement given by Porton Down, and is this an indication that the scientists were not 100% sure that the substance was a “Novichok” nerve agent?

6. Why were these phrases left out of the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons?

7. Why did the Prime Minister choose to use the word “Novichok” in her speech, rather than the wordFoliant, which is the actual name of the programme initiated by the Soviet Union when attempting to develop a new class of chemical weapons in the 1970s and 1980s?

8. When asked in an interview with Deutsche Welle how scientists at Porton Down had found out so quickly that the nerve agent was of the “Novichok” class of chemical weapons, the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, was asked whether Porton Down possesses samples of it. Here is how he replied:

“They do. And they were absolutely categorical and I asked the guy myself, I said, ‘Are you sure?’ And he said there’s no doubt” [My emphasis].

If Mr Johnson’s statement is correct, and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down has samples of “Novichok” in its possession, where did they come from?

9. Were they produced at Porton Down?

10. How long have they had them?

11. Why has the DSTL not registered possession of these substances with the OPCW, which it is legally obliged to do under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)?

12. Does this admission by Mr Johnson not indicate that “Novichoks” can be made in any advanced chemical weapons facility, as indeed they were under the auspices of the OPCW in Iran in 2016?

13. If so, how can the Government be sure that the substance used to poison Mr Skripal and his daughter was made in or produced by Russia?

14. In her statement to the House of Commons on Wednesday 14th March, the British Prime Minister stated that there were only two plausible explanations for poisoning of Mr Skripal and his daughter:

“Either this was a direct act by the Russian State against our country. Or conceivably, the Russian government could have lost control of a military-grade nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others.”

Other than the actual substance used, is there any hard evidence that led the Government to conclude these as being the only two plausible scenarios?

15. On March 26th, a number of countries expelled Russian diplomats in an apparent response to the incident in Salisbury. Yet at this time, the OPCW had not yet investigated the case, nor analysed blood samples. Why was the clearly co-ordinated decision to expel diplomats taken before the OPCW’s investigation had concluded?

16. Has this not put huge pressure on the OPCW to come up with “the right” conclusion?

17. It is reckoned that the OPCW’s investigation into the substance used will take at least three weeks to complete, whereas it took Porton Down less than a week to analyse it. What accounts for this difference?

18. Will the OPCW be using the samples of “Novichok” that Boris Johnson says are held at Porton Down to compare with the blood samples of Mr Skripal and his daughter?

19. If not, on what basis will this comparison be made, since the first known synthesis of a “Novichok” was made by Iran in 2016?

20. If the OPCW discovers that the substance is indeed a “Novichok”, will this be sufficient evidence with which to establish who carried out the attack on the Skripals or — given that other countries clearly have the capability to produce such substances — would more evidence be needed?

Comments

philipat WTFRLY Fri, 03/30/2018 - 02:25 Permalink

In fact, within 5 weeks there have been 5 different "explanations". First they were poisoned in the restaurant, then it was the on the park bench, then it was brought in Yulia Skripal's luggage, then it was through the ventilation system in the BMW and now it was from the door of Skripal's home.

Either way, with a nerve agent at least 5 times more toxic than VX or Sarin, they would have been dead instantly yet now appear to be rising again. Easter is probably very good timing for this story but it has has infinitely less credibility that the scriptures!!

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Adolph.H. Pandelis Fri, 03/30/2018 - 04:59 Permalink

Here's the worth-dying-for great diversified kingdom of Britain today:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5907531/transgender-army-officer-hannah-w…

Including photos of your beloved prime sinister. 

And for the record, it appears they double agent skripal could have been an active triple agent recently unmasked, giving the Brits reasons to kill him and later pin it on the Russians in all innocence. Which in turn could explain the rush to silence Assange in his embassy because he might have been about to break the news...

I know it sounds a little bit complicated, but try again to understand. 

In the meantime the family doesn't know where Skripal is:

https://www.rt.com/uk/422545-skirpal-family-poison-hospital/

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Slack Jack D503 Fri, 03/30/2018 - 06:10 Permalink

The evil people, Theresa May, Stoltenberg and the rest, are damming Russia with obvious lies.

The Novichok nerve agents don't even exist.

HERE IS THE PROOF:

The Novichok nerve agents are supposedly much more toxic than the nerve gases VX or Sarin.

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."

https://www.amazon.com/State-Secrets-Insiders-Chronicle-Chemical/dp/143…

Basically, Mirzayanov claims that it is relatively easy to make the Novichok nerve agents.

So, some enterprising Arabs could buy a few chemists to make a few tons of it and then spray it all over the little Satan.

Do you really think that the Jews who run the United States would allow the publication of information that could lead to thousands of deaths in Israel?

Do you really think they would protect the publisher of such information by giving him residence in the United States?

Remember, Mirzayanov was given residence in the United States after he was kicked out of Russia.

There are also a number of "people who should know" that have stated that there is zero solid evidence for the existence of the Novichok nerve agents.

CONCLUSION: The Novichok nerve agents don't even exist.

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holgerdanske ted41776 Fri, 03/30/2018 - 03:43 Permalink

It is a sad indictment of the stupidity of the general population, that these accusations are having any effect whatsoever.

The credibility of the British government, for that sake almost any Western government, are at a level, where you can only expect lies and expediency.

The MSM is again a sorry state of unthinking digested drivel.

And people have learned nothing.

Is there any hope at all?, or are people on average so brainless that we have to live with this type of propaganda for ever?.

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LetThemEatRand Fri, 03/30/2018 - 02:05 Permalink

The Coast Guard says it was the Russians.  And the Department of Homeland Security, which also enforces copyright violations for Hollywood.  Good enough for me.

Jung Fri, 03/30/2018 - 02:24 Permalink

Like in the Litvenenko case, the Russians apparently would choose a nerve agent that only they can produce, so that it will be clear to all that THE RUSSIANS did it. Dumb Russians always leave their signature behind and cannot even manage to kill their victims.

More importantly is to look what constitutes a false flag?

Since those flag ops are used all the time, why not look into another possibility which is also highly likely. Well, false flags are set up in such a way that one characteristic is that they do not need evidence, but just accusation (Syria's multiple false flags are also an example). Also, whipped up emotions to influence mob psychology is sufficient and thirdly by the time the real facts come out (if ever) nobody cares anymore.

Itch Fri, 03/30/2018 - 02:24 Permalink

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

20 more questions asked by Russian slags, how revealing.

SoDamnMad Fri, 03/30/2018 - 02:27 Permalink

Do you remember the old board game "CLUE".  I think the Israelis did it in the home with their version of Novichok.

They want Russia to pay for not giving them a free rein in Syria to seize energy deposits in the Golan Heights and in blocks off-shore and belonging to Lebanon.  They wish to grab these when the false flag war with Iran starts that they will get America to fight. 

NiggaPleeze SoDamnMad Fri, 03/30/2018 - 03:41 Permalink

Jews have a lot of issues with Russian Federation in general and Putin in particular (which is why he is always personally demonized by the Jew media, which is essentially all "Western" media).

These attacks are not only because of Syria, but because Russia has all but promised to defend Iran if it is attacked, and Israel wants to attack Iran (and wag its dog to do the killing, economic suicide and dying to advance Israeli regional and global hegemony).

Basically the "West" has Jew traitors in its midst, and has for a long time, except now the Jew traitors control all the media and if you call a spade a spade, you are accused of hate and demonized.  Free speech is dead, and this, at its core, the utmost most important political topics of the day.

Why can't the Jews just debate the issue?  Let's have a full laying out of the cards.  Are Jews influential in the media, or not?  Surely this can be discussed openly and objectively, without resorting to name-calling?  Are Jews influential in banking or not?  Are they influential in war decisions in the US, or not?  All of this can be determined by congressional investigations. 

But of course it won't happen.  Because truth is irrelevant, and free speech is dead.  It's all about Jews race for global hegemony, and part of that race, is to destroy anything that stands in their way.  Whether it's Syria, Hezbollah, Iran or questioning "goy" (a profound insult, by the way, equivalent to "cattle", which is why I always use "non-Jew").

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Golden Showers Fri, 03/30/2018 - 02:35 Permalink

So I was pulling the skin on my scrotum in the bath and watching how it snapped back the other day, or right now, not sure what day it is... And I shaved it really smooth. Like: just planed it down. Oiled up my nut sack. Just smooth balls. I have balls that are so smooth and dangly. So I went over to my lady friend and was like, check out these nutz. And WOW! Guess what I learned!

Russia cuts off nuts.

Thom Paine Fri, 03/30/2018 - 02:51 Permalink

It is the job of the journalists to Not ask the right question and do the obvious analysis that the whole thing is fake, and a  set up.

Like Twin Towers and numerous other things - Journalists will suck Deep State dick until their children are incinerated in the next war, or killed on the front line of a war they helped create.

Journalist  = Deep State Whore

 

ABC, CNN, NBC, NYTimes, WaPo, PBS etc ---- Whores

Cockoo Fri, 03/30/2018 - 03:29 Permalink

War, one form of population control and the financiers make killing on all sides. Theresa Mary May gas lighting us towards future conflict along with the rest of the support cast against Russia.  The resistance in the US is not resisting any longer.  Sick and tired of nation building while using fake democracy as crutch especially since China and Russia challenging the status quo of the West. Even the Saudis looking for other alternatives away from the US petro-dollar since they are caught in US courts for the 9-11 shithole event.

Fed-up with be… Fri, 03/30/2018 - 04:06 Permalink

The biggest question in my mind:   IF we are not POINTING at war as the "solution" (TO WHAT), then WHAT will the West accept?  AN ADMISSION?  And, let's imagine that Putin actually DID admit the poisoning, which is a stretch,  but stay with me!   THEN WTF?  He steps down in disgrace?

 

SO, I think we are heading to war.

InnVestuhrr Fri, 03/30/2018 - 04:24 Permalink

I am astonished to discover thru this incident that the "Deep State" is not confined to just the USA but extends astonishingly cooperatively through most western countries.

Therefore, the "Deep State" cancer is FAR MORE extensive and pervasive than anyone had ever suggested.

The world is hurtling towards some really deep stinky shit.

Oh, yeah, I am calling pigshit on this having been done by President Putin.