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Propaganda Rags Like Daily Mail Working Overtime to Spin Latest Skripal Poisoning Info from Porton Down

by Scott Creighton

As the Skripal poisoning case collapses into its own footprint at near free-fall acceleration, the Mockingbirds of the Western media are busy taking dictation from their lords and masters, the “secret sources”, spinning up some new variation of the ever-changing story in an effort to mitigate the destructive power of a little TRUTH being shared with the public. Damn that TRUTH.

Here is the “evidence” from the Daily Mail as of 8pm yesterday: I am going to START my evaluation of their work from the back moving forward since it’s what they should have done themselves. (quotation marks mine)

÷ World-leading experts at the Porton Down defence research laboratory identified the chemical in Salisbury as the Novichok nerve agent. Novichok applies to a group of advanced nerve agents developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s. Gary Aitkenhead, chief executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, said the substance was ‘probably only within the capabilities of a state actor’.

÷ The UK has “evidence” that Russia has previously produced this agent and would still be capable of doing so. Russian whistleblower Vil Mirzayanov revealed in 1992 that promises by the Soviet Union to reduce its chemical weapon stockpiles were hollow.

÷ Intelligence gathered has indicated that within the past decade, Russia has investigated ways of delivering nerve agents for assassination. Not only this, British intelligence agents have “evidence” that Russia has explored using Novichok on door handles and ‘everyday objects’ in ‘recent times’. Police investigating the poisoning of the Skripals said the highest amount of nerve agent was on their home’s front door handle.

÷ International allies (CIA) have handed over top-secret intelligence to the UK that points to Russia being behind the attack.

÷ Vladimir Putin issued threats to Russia’s ‘traitors’ in 2010, saying: ‘Traitors will kick the bucket, believe me.’

÷ The British Government believes Russia views some defectors as legitimate targets for assassination. In 2006, a new Russian law was adopted which formally permitted the extra-judicial killings abroad of those Moscow accused of ‘extremism’. Russian spy agencies were said to have been emboldened by the new law.

÷ The details are unknown, but it is understood the UK has “evidence” pointing to Russian suspects who could be behind the attack. Spies are investigating a Russian who was on the same flight into the UK as Yulia Skripal before returning to Moscow a few hours later. A senior Whitehall source said the individual was a ‘person of interest’.

From this the Daily Mail dutifully regurgitated the claims of these unnamed “sources”, drawing conclusions from “secret evidence” that Russia is still behind the attack, in spite of the fact that their entire story is falling apart right before their eyes.

“Russia has explored carrying out assassinations by placing nerve agent Novichok on door handles, the Daily Mail can reveal.

Police have already disclosed they believe Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in Salisbury after the poison was smeared on the double agent’s front door.

Now British intelligence agencies have “evidence” that Russia had been testing the deadly agent specifically on door handles in the run-up to the attack on March 3.

Agents also have highly sensitive information showing Moscow tested the poison on other ‘everyday objects’, it emerged last night.

A security “source” said: ‘We have intelligence that goes beyond Russia made Novichok and stockpiled it.” Daily Mail

In spite of the conclusions that the writers and editors at the Daily Mail come to in that article (as is glaringly apparent in their “evidence” attachment included at the end of their piece) it is obvious that once again there is no real evidence to support the accusation being leveled at Russia regarding the Skripal poisoning case from March 3 2018.

It seems they have learned from the mistakes of the Iraq invasion and occupation. When they actually have real evidence of something, they find a way to release it to the public in order to sway public opinion in which ever direction they like. When they don’t… the “secret evidence” becomes a matter of “national security”

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