UK Produces "Dossier" To Prove Russian Motive In Skripal Poisoning, Russia Says UK Abducted Daughter

The UK has proffered what they claim is evidence that Russia has had it out for former double-agent Sergei Skripal since at least 2013, and that Russia has been researching the effectiveness of spreading a nerve agent on door handles for assassination purposes, according to the BBC and the New York Times. The revelations are courtesy of Sir Mark Sedwill, Britain's national security advisor, who detailed the declassified claims in a Friday letter to NATO. From the NYT:

Mr. Sedwill’s letter, the most detailed account of British intelligence on the subject to be shared with the public to date, also reported that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia was “closely involved in the chemical weapons program” beginning in the mid-2000s.

During that period, the letter claims, Russia was secretly developing the nerve agents known as Novichok that British officials say were used in the March 4 attack on Sergei V. Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the quiet cathedral city of Salisbury, England.

Mr. Sedwill’s letter also said that Britain has evidence that Russian security services have been monitoring the Skripal family. Cyberspecialists from Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Services hacked Ms. Skripal’s email in 2013, the letter said. Asked about that at his news conference, Mr. Yakovenko responded sarcastically, “Big surprise.”

The letter added that Russian intelligence services “view at least some of its defectors as legitimate targets for assassination.” -New York Times

The letter also claims that "during the 2000s," a special Russian unit began to develop chemical weapons specifically for state-sponsored attacks, and to "train personnel from special units in the use of these weapons." 

This program subsequently included investigation of ways of delivering nerve agents, including by application to door handles,” the letter also says.

Meanwhile, "Russia believes Yulia Skripal has been abducted by Britain - and that the UK is faking sources in order to blame the Kremlin for her poisoning," Sky News reported on Thursday after having spoken directly with Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova.

"We have zero information from officials in London about what is going on with her," Zakharova told Sky News presenter Dermot Murnaghan in Moscow, adding "We have suspicions that she's been abducted, held against her will."

"We just want to be sure that Yulia Skripal is actually better, that this is for real."

Yulia Skripal was found unconscious in a Salisbury park on March 4, along with her father, former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal. The circumstances surrounding their poisoning - including the origin and delivery method of the Novichok nerve agent used on the pair has been the source of heated debate for over five weeks.

Despite no formal investigation having been conducted (and a curious link between Sergei Skripal and former MI6 spy Christopher Steele having been revealed by The Telegraph), several nations consequently slapped Russia with sanctions under the presumption that they were responsible for the attempted assassinations. 

Yulia cuts off her cousin

While Yulia Skripal was in the hospital, she reportedly spoke with her Russian cousin Viktoria over the phone - a recording of which was broadcast by Russian television last Thursday in a conversation which the Rossiya 24 announcer emphasized was unverified.

In the recording, Yulia can be heard telling Victoria that she and her father are healthy, and neither has suffered long-term health damage from the poisoning. British authorities maintained that only Yulia was conscious at the time and that her father was in "critical but stable" condition

Viktoria Skripal, meanwhile, has repeatedly expressed doubts that Russia was behind the attack - suggesting, says the New York Times, that "bad fish" or an attack by the mother of Yulia Skripal's boyfriend could have sickened the pair. 

Relocating to America?

Last weekend we covered a story from The Sunday Times about a rumor that Sergei and Yulia Skripal will likely be offered "a new life in America in an attempt to protect them from further murder attempts."

Intelligence officials at MI6 have had discussions with their counterparts in the CIA about resettling the victims of the Salisbury poisoning. “They will be offered new identities,” a senior Whitehall figure said.

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Security sources said Britain would want to ensure their safety by relocating them with one of the “five eyes” countries, the intelligence-sharing partnership that also includes America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. -The Times

The obvious place to resettle them is in America, because they’re less likely to be killed there and it’s easier to protect them there under a new identity,” an intelligence source familiar with the negotiations added. “There’s a preference for them to be resettled in a five-eyes nation because their case would have huge security implications.”

Many are wondering how the pair survived exposure to one of the deadliest nerve agents on the planet, as a 1mm drop is the lethal dose - about the size of a small drop of rain. So far we've been told the Novichok was either smeared on a doorknob, at Sergi's wife's graveside, the air vents on Sergei's BMW, and a "gift from friends" opened by Yulia at Zizi's restaurant. Whatever the case, it also sickened 38 others

Skripal, a former double agent who was imprisoned in Russia in 2006 after the Kremlin discovered he had been cooperating with British secret services since 1995. He was released and pardoned by then-president Dmitry Medvedev in 2010, and relocated to the UK as part of a spy swap. According to The TelegraphSkripal reportedly has ties to former MI6 agent Christopher Steele

The Telegraph understands that Col Skripal moved to Salisbury in 2010 in a spy swap and became close to a security consultant employed by Christopher Steele, who compiled the Trump dossier. 

The British security consultant, according to a LinkedIn social network account that was removed from the internet in the past few days, is also based in Salisbury.

On the same LinkedIn account, the man listed consultancy work with Orbis Business Intelligence, according to reports. -The Telegraph

The Telegraph's report implies that Skripal - still tied to Russian intelligence, could have been a source for some of the claims in the "Steele Dossier," a 35-page document full of salacious and unverified claims about Donald Trump, which was paid for by Hillary Clinton and the DNC and arranged for by opposition research firm Fusion GPS.

If Skripal was involved in the Steele dossier - it would greatly expand the list of who might want him to wake up dead. 

Comments

Muh Raf Jim in MN Sat, 04/14/2018 - 21:37 Permalink

I just love the reaction by CNN bitch to last year's fake gassing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgPbFjUL3dk and like a bunch of numb-heads we're supposed to believe this year's total b*ll*cks repeat episode. Yawn. (edit) Oh yeah, and we cut off anyone in this year's narrative that strays anywhere from the script, proper smack my bitch up stuff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpdT79rm1ts&feature=youtu.be

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Got The Wrong No toady Sat, 04/14/2018 - 22:34 Permalink

Back in my first year of college I took a Psychology class and the first thing out of the Professor's mouth was, The only thing you can be sure of is yourself, everything else could be a figment of your imagination. If that is true, I'm one deeply disturbed individual. Maybe tomorrow I'll imagine a pill to fix everything I'm imagining. Don't worry guys, I'll try and keep everybody at ZH except for those pesky no good F'n Trolls. Wish me luck. Tomorrow I'm going to imagine Nirvana.   

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Adolph.H. FoggyWorld Sun, 04/15/2018 - 00:34 Permalink

So to summarize this embarrassing affair: Skripal collaborated with Christopher Steele to compile the famously idiotic trump dossier that even my grandmother laughs about. 

Next thing you know is that apparently Russia wanted to nerve gas him for a reason yet to be explained by Theresa May. 

And now the Skripal pair is going to be delivered to America to ensure their protection (nudge nudge wink wink). 

Is their "safe house" going to be in Arkansas? How long before the triple agent Boris finds their track again and disappears them with laughing gas? 

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It's okay not to be a Jew.

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exlcus Adolph.H. Sun, 04/15/2018 - 12:11 Permalink

And they're going to go into witness protection with new identities (implied in the article) so that no one can ever track them down again.

Or maybe they'll both just be murdered, no one will ever know. Who do you trust?

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Tristan Ludlow toady Sun, 04/15/2018 - 07:53 Permalink

I agree.  What puts the nail in the coffin is who reported the information;  The New York Times and the BBC.  Really?  Every word they print or report is propaganda.  You cannot believe a CIA run newspaper or a government controlled media outlet.

 

I bet there are many sheople out their who will do just that.  Unfortunate.  At least we will not have great opposition from sheople when the time comes.

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Muh Raf beepbop Sun, 04/15/2018 - 05:45 Permalink

I know that last year's incident was fake because Mathis has recently confirmed that the US still does not have evidence, either chemical or eye witness statements, to confirm that CWs were even used prior to the rain of Tomahawks. And in the SKY interview we have one of the most senior members of the UK military, a man on unquestionable patriotism, cut off when espousing his opinion that the use of CWs by the Syrian government serves no sensible tactical or strategic military purpose. A point which he is amply qualified to opine on hence his selection for the interview, but whose opinion clearly sent the SKY earphone god's into panic mode. So yeah, anyone looking at these two clips can know this because the sham is so in your face, right? Or are you that stupid not to see it, or maybe you're paid to be blind?

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BarkingCat steve2241 Sat, 04/14/2018 - 21:31 Permalink

It would be easy enough to verify the claim by the British whether Yulia wants to go back to Russia or not.

An envoy or preferable a group of envoys from a neutral country should be given access to her and be able to talk to her without any other people in the room.

Let's say a diplomat from Switzerland,  Brazil and Serbia go and ask her.

 

Let's see which of the 2 countries accepts or declines such a proposal.  The one that declines is the one who is lying.

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veritas semper… BarkingCat Sun, 04/15/2018 - 01:25 Permalink

  Right . And for the Russian monitoring part ,  I' ve read that it's true ,Russia was monitoring Skripal because he was involved , while working with M!6 at Porton Down , in trafficking chemicals to Syria.

  I believe it . Mr. Lavrov said Russia has proof of Britain's involvement in the Syrian FF.

  Look at this tangled web of lies the UK has spread . I believe Mr. Lavrov ,the man has a great reputation. UK ... not so much . Remember Tony Blair .

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The Jaguar Sat, 04/14/2018 - 21:24 Permalink

Russia, a third world country run by a child molesting dictator and supported by troll farms. I wonder if the dimwit Russians believe their own worthless propaganda now that they have had their asses handed to them? Judging from the posts they obviously do.

OverTheHedge The Jaguar Sun, 04/15/2018 - 01:31 Permalink

You are going to have to do much, much better than that to earn your potato. Perhaps some links to back up your insane assertions?

I appreciate that you are new to this disinformation game, but really, "could do better if tried".

I look forward to more nuanced, interesting propaganda from you in the future, once you have worked out how the game is played here. For now, try not to embarrass yourself too much. 

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veritas semper… Yars Revenge Sun, 04/15/2018 - 01:32 Permalink

The Pentagram just said that they observed an increase of "Russian trolls " of 2000% .

And we know that they have a 40 Mil $ budget troll farm to counteract it; you would  think that with this money , they would have better teaching programs of anti Russia propaganda. They are still stuck in the 1950-1960 ; maybe the Pentagram wants to save a buck or two ; I mean ,they have to find the missing trillions ( how many now ,10 ,20 T ?);

 

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crazzziecanuck veritas semper… Sun, 04/15/2018 - 09:06 Permalink

There may be a $40 million budget, but that only explains why Washington DC is the richest zip code region in the USA.  Most of that $40 million is going to miseducated** elite agents at the top.

That's why the Pentagon can't win a war.  All that money spent is merely redirected to fat cats.  War profiteers.

 

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** Can't really say undereducated (true because they're never taught history) or overeducated (true, because they taught everything they don't need to know)...

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