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Another Former Russian Intelligence Officer Poisoned in the UK (2)

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Everybody knows Russia attempted to assassinate Skripals and his daughter. 

Russia is doing their usual: deny, deny, deny, point the finger at someone else. 

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UK media reporting the Skripals were believed to have been attacked with a nerve agent such as VX or sarin, which is consistent with victim symptoms reported to media by eyewitnesses yesterday. If the Skripals survive, they may suffer permanent neurological and organ damage, as experienced by other survivors of nerve agent attacks.

The attack is being investigated by the police counter-terrorism unit. A cabinet meeting was held over the attack.

Russian reactions are denials and blaming it on a Western plot to disrupt the Russian election.

Much speculation on possible Russian motives, including payback, speculation that the victims provoked the regime, but as yet no speculation that SecState Johnson’s comments on Syria last week produced this attack.

A lot of angry commentary by expert observers in the UK – conducting a hit on a retired and inactive swapped “off the board” former agent is a breach of past practice in the intelligence game, and using a WMD that caused illness in first responders and put the general public at risk makes this an even more brazen attack. One UK observer described this as an “act of war” –  that is hard to dispute. Deploying a WMD on foreign territory would be considered by most nations to be an act of war.

Whether the UK police can conclusively prove who conducted the attack remains to be seen. Given recent Russian practice, if the Russians did it, a false flag play with bogus evidence implicating others is to be expected.

If the Russians are indeed the perpetrators, and nobody else with a CW capability has any motive (unless subcontracted by a Russian entity), then this represents a remarkable escalation – effectively terrorism on UK soil using a WMD.

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine and repeat incidents of urban terrorism traced to Russian operatives, the Ukrainians tried very hard to convince the West to list Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, but ran into resistance. It will be interesting to see whether this resistance persists.

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THE poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal was an operation by Western secret services to harm Putin’s election campaign, claims a former KGB agent.

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Andrei Lugovei, Russian MP, attacks intelligence agencies over Sergei Skripal’s suspected poisoning

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Amber Rudd chairs emergency committee to coordinate response to suspected poisoning

UK officials reveal substance used on ex-spy, daughter | New York Post

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Britain must blame itself for Putin’s gangsters roaming our streets  | Daily Mail Online

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MI5 believes Russians tried to kill former spy Sergei Skripal | The Times

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Counter-terrorism police take over Sergei Skripal ‘poison’ case | UK news | The Guardian

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The long, terrifying history of Russian dissidents being poisoned abroad – Chicago Tribune

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Suspected Skripal poisoning: who might have ordered it and why? | World news | The Guardian

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Salisbury witness: ‘They looked so out of it’ – BBC News

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Detectives fear Russian spy was sprayed with poison in street | Daily Mail Online

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Russian spy’s daughter ‘may have been poisoned over ONE WORD Vladimir Putin insult on Facebook’ – Mirror Online

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