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Updates on multiple threads. In the UK more is emerging slowly on the covert op and players involved, now being credited to the GRU.
On March 4, former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unresponsive on a bench at a shopping mall in the British town of Salisbury after they were exposed to what UK experts claimed was Novichok, also known as the A-234 nerve agent.
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London (CNN)Police have identified two suspects in the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN Thursday. The pair left the UK in the wake of the attack on what is believed to have been a commercial flight, the source added. Their departure was revealed in a coded Russian message to Moscow sent after the attack, which was intercepted by a British base in Cyprus, the source said. The British government blames the Skripals’ poisoning on Russia. The suspects were identified by UK police, who have been combing through months of surveillance camera footage from UK airports and from Salisbury, the town where the Skripals were poisoned on March 4. Using facial recognition technology, authorities discovered two “fresh identities” — individuals not known to have been spies or used in other attacks — the source added. Investigators crosschecked that information with the manifest of the flight on which the suspects were believed to have left Britain. They traveled on aliases, the source said. It is not clear whether the pair are Russian. An Aeroflot flight at Heathrow airport in London was searched on March 30, an action the British government described at the time as “routine.”
Russian agents responsible for the Novichok poisonings in Salisbury sent a coded message to Moscow which included the phrase, "The package has been delivered", it was claimed last night.
Detectives believe that the Salisbury nerve agent attack was probably carried out by present or former agents of Russia’s military intelligence service, as reports emerged that a number of suspects have been identified.The Times understands that links to the GRU are being examined as part of the in
UK police believe that they have identified the suspected perpetrators behind the Novichok poisoning attack on Russian former spy Sergei Skripal.
British police are believed to have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack on Russian former spy Sergei Skripal.
Citing a source close to the investigation, the Press Association reports that police used closed-circuit television to identify multiple Russians who participated in the attack.
COUNTER-TERROR police have identified the Russian hit squad behind the Salisbury novichok poisonings, it was claimed yesterday.
Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia survived the attack in Salisbury, England, this March.
CBC News Published on Jul 19, 2018 The Press Association is reporting that British investigators are zeroing in on the suspects behind the nerve-agent attack in England. While former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter survived the attack, Dawn Sturgess, who was exposed to the Novichok nerve agent after the initial attack, died last week.
euronews (in English) Published on Jul 19, 2018 British police have allegedly identified the suspects behind the March poisoning of the Skripals. Detectives believe the suspects were Russian nationals and left the UK following the attack. Speaking in Moscow about the case, the Russian ambassador to the UK said he was still waiting to hear from the foreign secretary:
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Stephanie Sturgess, Dawn’s sister, had visited her in Salisbury District Hospital hours before the mum-of-three’s life support was switched off
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