Introduction — Sept 5, 2018
Of course the two suspects will never be brought to trial so the accusations against them will never be subject to serious scrutiny. For all we know the whole story could be pure fiction, cooked-up by British intelligence in order to heighten the growing tension between Russia and the West.
The two “Russian spies” are purported to have smeared Sergei Skripal’s front door with Novichok. Or so the British authorities and media would have us believe. Yet under closer examination the story falls apart.
According Captain Doug Rokke – former Director of the U.S. Army’s Depleted Uranium Project and an expert on chemical weapons, with a PhD in health physics – the claims don’t stand up to scientific analysis.
He told Washington’s Blog:
It is impossible to put liquid nerve agent on a door knob without trashing the entire area 100 200 meters and more radius for a long time. Weeks months or more.
Any person who touched the so called exposed person would go down too.
You need level 5 ppe [i.e. personal protective equipment] and full decon [i.e. decontamination]… per fm 8-285 that is what we developed.
Anyone who went near this would go down anyone who touched them would go down.
Full decon is required but useless. the area for blocks around would be hot deadly.
So to apply the Novichok to Sergei Skripal’s front door the alleged “Russian spies” would have had to have worn full protective suits (as pictured right in the investigation into the Skripal’s poisoning).
It’s not exactly inconspicuous and in a quiet English country town two men dressed like that would have been all too obvious. None of the Skripal’s neighbours saw anyone dressed like that prior to the poisoning. If they had we would be hearing all about it from the media.
What’s more none of Sergei Skripal’s neighbours were affected by the Novichok, as they would have been if it had been smeared on his front door.
In other words what follows has more in common with a cheap spy thriller than with what REALLY HAPPENED to the Skripals. Ed.
Novichok suspects are Russian SPIES: Theresa May reveals two men wanted over Salisbury attack are ‘military intelligence officers’ – as CCTV shows them smiling after ‘smearing poison on victims’ front door’
- Chemical weapons attack on former double agent in Salisbury in March sparked huge police investigation
- Former Russian spy, his daughter and a police officer were saved but a British mother-of-three died
- Prosecutors and police have now named two prime suspects, who flew to Russia hours after the attack
- Police release images of pair grinning on day of attack, along with images of the perfume bottle they used
- Theresa May reveals the men being hunted are Russian spies working for GRU military intelligence service
- But Russia denies any knowledge of the pair – despite them having flown in from and returned to Moscow
Richard Spillett — Daily Mail Sept 5, 2018
Two Russian spies became Britain’s most wanted men today after they were named as the prime suspects in the Novichok chemical weapons attack in Salisbury.
Astonishing CCTV images show Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov grinning as they walk around the Wiltshire city on the day former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with the military-grade chemical weapon.
Prime Minister Theresa May revealed that British agencies say the two men are officers of Russia’s GRU military intelligence service.
The attack left a trail of the deadly nerve agent around Salisbury, with mother-of-three Dawn Sturgess dying after she came into contact with the chemical when she picked up the perfume bottle it had been hidden in. Mrs Sturgess’s partner Charlie Rowley and county police officer Nick Bailey being hospitalised.
Crystal clear CCTV images show the two Russian agents entering Britain at Gatwick, walking around Salisbury on the day of the attack, and leaving the UK at Heathrow Airport just hours after the Skripals were found collapsed in a park.
Prosecutors will not be applying to Russia for the extradition of the two men, as no agreement exists between the countries, but a European Arrest Warrant has been obtained in case either of the pair are spotted outside of Russia.
pic Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov caught on CCTV at Salisbury railway station on March 3, the day before the Skripals were poisoned. Police believe they came to the Wiltshire town on a reconnaissance mission.
Theresa May told MPs that British spies believe the two suspects are officers of the Russian military intelligence service known as the GRU.
But, she said, it is unlikely the agency would have been allowed to carry out such a brazen attack on its own, and the hit was ‘almost certainly approved at a senior level of the Russian state’.
Mrs May added: ‘The GRU is a highly-disciplined organisation with a well-established chain of command. So this was not a rogue operation.
‘The actions of the GRU are a threat to all our allies and all our citizens. On the basis of what we have learnt in the Salisbury investigation and what we know about this organisation more broadly, we must now step up our collective efforts specifically against the GRU.’