UK Foreign Office Denies Claiming Russia Responsible For Nerve Agent, Deletes Tweet

Update: It appears that either the British government can't keep its lies and proof-less accusations straight or something far more nefarious is at play.

Following headlines (below) that British government scientists admitted they couldn’t tell where the poison - identified by the UK as A-234, also known as Novichok, used in the Salisbury poisoning of the Skripals - came from, undermining a number of claims to come out of Westminster, The UK Foreign Office denies claiming the nerve agent used in the Salisbury poisoning of the Skripals came directly from Russia, despite admitting it sent a tweet saying exactly that, and Boris Johnson making the same claim.

The UK Foreign Office has admitted it deleted the tweet which directly stated that the nerve agent came direct from Russia.

London has directly accused the Kremlin on at least three occasions of being behind the chemical attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. 

As RT notes, bizarrely, the Foreign Office denies Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson claimed the novichock “categorically” came from Russia, despite a recorded interview clearly showing he did.

The Foreign Office has not yet deleted a tweet in which the UK's ambassador to Russia, Laurie Bristow, reiterates the accusation of Moscow being behind the poisoning.

The row between Russia and Britain is reaching boiling point as officials from the OPCW meet Russian representatives on Wednesday.

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As we detailed previously, following an embarrassing admission by a UK government scientist that conjured up images of Colin Powell shaking a test tube, Russia is demanding the UK apologize for rushing to judgment and blaming Russia for the attack on former double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

During an interview with reporters in Ankara, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, said the UK has no proof Russia was behind the poisoning and that "their theory is not confirmed in any way because it can't be confirmed." Russia has persistently denied playing any role in the poisoning.


He also suggested the UK own up to the fact that it jumped to conclusions about Russia's involvement, and admit its mistake to its EU allies.

"The British Foreign Office, which accused President Putin, the Prime Minister of Great Britain need to look their EU colleagues in the eye" over what was said

The diplomatic row caused by the poisoning has since escalated into a full-blown geopolitical crisis, with 28 countries and Nato expelling Russian diplomats, while Russia has retaliated by expelling their diplomats.

Gary Aitkenhead, the head scientist at the UK's Porton Down military laboratory facility, told Sky News that his team was unable to trace the origins of the military grade novichok nerve agent that the UK claims was used in the attack.

"We were able to identify it as novichok, to identify that it was military-grade nerve agent," Aitkenhead said. "We have not identified the precise source, but we have provided the scientific info to government who have then used a number of other sources to piece together the conclusions you have come to."

The chief scientist said that establishing the Novichok's origin required "other inputs," some of which are intelligence based and which only the government has access to.

Aitkenhead added: "It is our job to provide the scientific evidence of what this particular nerve agent is, we identified that it is from this particular family and that it is a military grade, but it is not our job to say where it was manufactured."

Russia has demanded that the UK hand over a sample of the nerve agent for it to analyze, while the UK demanded that Russia proffer an explanation for how the nerve agent ended up outside Russia.

But after more than a month of the mainstream media refusing to conduct more than a surface level survey of the "facts", this is perhaps the best indication yet that the UK has no evidence that the Skripal poisoning - like Brexit and Trump's election - is also Russian President Vladimir Putin's fault.


pods GreatUncle Wed, 04/04/2018 - 09:52 Permalink

"Military-grade" means particle size manipulation (micronization) for small molecules (as opposed to biological agents, which have a unique fingerprint, ala the anthrax from the US "attacks.")

To make "military-grade" small-molecule agents all you need is a spray dryer or jet mill.  

Sounds scary to the population though.  


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JSBach1 skbull44 Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:24 Permalink

Here is what the father of Alexander Litvinenko has to say on the Skripal poisoning and that of his own son Alexander (be sure to view the RT interview clip):

Walter Litvinenko used to support the theory of Russia’s involvement in the 2006 poisoning of his son, Alexander, in London, but he changed his mind after years of analyzing the inconsistencies of the investigation...

They realized that they have screwed up big time [with the Litvinenko poisoning] and decided to change their tactics a bit. Therefore, they do not show [any evidence] now, but keep it all in secret waiting for Russia to react to it. If there was, as they say, the ‘Russian trace’ there, everything would have been clear long time ago

The Skripal scandal would eventually backfire on those who initiated it, Litvinenko said. “It will be very difficult to hide it all. And they will eventually fail. They will be caught, and Theresa May will be very ashamed. And this clown, their Foreign Minister [Boris Johnson] – he will be very ashamed too.”

people like Alexander find themselves in a situation where they effectively become hostages of foreign governments and intelligence agencies. He said it applies to both the rich and powerful who have left Russia after having run-ins with the law, such as the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky, as well as less prominent citizens such as Sergei Skripal.

They are hostages, all of them are hostages of the American authorities, who strive for the world dominance. As long as that’s the case – they will kill the Russians, they’ll kill anybody who’s against it

It’s not beneficial for them if Skripal stays alive. And this girl – she knows nothing. Skripal knows. She simply came to visit her father and got into this,” Litvinenko said. They’ll let his daughter walk away, probably. But if she knows anything, she won’t get out of it either.… 

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Adolph.H. BullyBearish Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:48 Permalink

Now that the hysterical childless lesbian bitch cellulite premier thing has hoisted on her own dildo, everyone wants to erase the traces of the huge blunder she made because it must not leave any trace in future history books. I dare to predict that it will quickly be forbidden to even mention the incident anywhere. 

Remember tomorrow's narrative will be to show that Russia escalated everything up to the war because we are rightful and Russia is not by definition.  

So exactly as was trashed the initial polish declaration of war against Germany in 1939, they want to remove this, as well as all over things that will not be in favor of their twisted theories. 

And while these idiots are busy trying to frame patsies and idiots, Russia develops a new radar to further seal Crimea from imperialistic ambitions:…

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OverTheHedge Adolph.H. Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:47 Permalink

This direct from the BBC:

(My underline)

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said: "It seems Boris Johnson misled the public when he claimed that Porton Down officials confirmed to him that Russia was the source of the nerve agent used in the Salisbury attack.

"Those officials have made it clear they cannot identify its source, and are not able to definitively say it came from Russia or elsewhere."

Mr Corbyn said the foreign secretary had "serious questions to answer" and that his remarks about Novichok "are not backed up by evidence".

Jeremy Corbyn is currently being accused of treason fro not supporting the wild accusations, but if the Labour Party actually get behind him (and if they smell Conservative blood in the water they might), then this mess could unravel yet.

Now, misleading the public isn't seen as a capital offence, but misleading the House of Commons is....let's see what comes out in the wash.

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Blankone JSBach1 Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:12 Permalink

In this case I am more inclined to believe the Skripal's are willing participants in a psyop in coordination with British/US intelligence agencies. That they were never poisoned.
The story changed every time questions became difficult to answer - how in the restaurant and not affect others, who/where are the others initially claimed to be affected in the restaurant, how could it have been delivered in the car and get both of them, how could they drive around so long, if in the air vents as once claimed how was it released as just wiping it on a surface would not suffice and how could it be so potent to affect others outside the car but they drove in it so long, (and what about the claim of the restaurant patrons affected), then the story changed to it being on the door knob (but once again, how did that affect the restaurant patrons as initially claimed).

So here is a tell, they both were supposed to have been affected, but then drove and walked all around the town and even stopped to have a meal, then they conveniently "collapse" safely in public on a comfortable bench at the same time while walking to their door, they collapsed together on the bench and became incapacitated in complete coordination such that one could not cry for help when the other went unconscious, and they managed to go unresponsive on the public sidewalk together in such a way all the public walking by did not notice a problem, and then - a miracle of luck - a "friend" who knew them both happened to walk by, only this friend noticed a problem and phoned for help but did not request help from the public walking by. Nope.

This is where the problem happened:
"Gary Aitkenhead, the head scientist at the UK's Porton Down military laboratory facility " -- who would have thought a govt (even a scientist) employee would have the integrity to be truthful and not submit to pressure to lie. Changes will be made.

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JSBach1 Blankone Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:45 Permalink

Could be .... there are many plausible scenarios, but the fact remains that UK gov't can simply conceal evidence, refuse access to the Skripals, provide zero footage of them after this poisoning debacle, or abide by any international norms should speak to UK's intent in this case.

It is hard to establish any reasonable theory if they simply conceal anything and everything, simply waiting for public reaction so that the narrative can shift -- just like the Las Vegas massacre.

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keep the basta… giovanni_f Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:06 Permalink

Russians could be well out of Seattle, the whole 1300 miles of west coast has been slow slipping for about 18 months.

I would be jolly grateful to be well away.

Slow slipping means tiny tremors  all the time. now increased at 1 and 2s and few 3s and occasional bigger quakes.  UGS says slow slips lead to big quakes. Happened with Japan. Seen a few earth cracks in other countries which happened before Fukishima quake.

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Vilfredo Pareto Simpson Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:28 Permalink

Yeah.  If it were on the doorknob that is a long time between doorknob and park bench.


No one has any credibility, not the Russians, not the British spooks, and certainly not American intelligence, not after all the proven politicization of intelligence since yellow cake and on up through the OIG complaints of manipulation of intelligence in regard to ISIS.   Then of course Brennan.


I don't believe anybody.  

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Boubou caconhma Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:55 Permalink

It's clear how they spend their time.' How can we fake or hype our statements to further the agenda of the day.

Any intelligence not supportive of the agenda must be suppressed by any means'

Notice Islamists in UK are now flavor of the month just as Russia has been promoted to the antichrist.

Statements counter to the propaganda are increasingly criminalized.

In fact in UK now, slagging Islam or perverts is a crime worse than anti Israelism.

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OverTheHedge caconhma Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:07 Permalink

There is a school of thought that suggests the "Intelligence" Agencies are not involved with this - some political type took advantage of a natural poisoning of some kind, and ran with it. That is the reason the story so full of holes - if the professionals had been involved, it wouldn't be the obvious mess it is.

That's the theory, anyway - not much in the way of real "evidence" to be had, one way or the other.

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