The File on Novichok March 2018 – September 2021

4 March 2022 — The New Dark Age

UK Defence ministry document reveals Skripals blood samples could have been manipulated

September 8 2021

New evidence has emerged of gross violations during the UK investigation into the alleged poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury on 4th March 2018. The new revelations put into question the main evidence that the Skripals were poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.

Magic Novichok

October 23, 2020

The security services put an extraordinary amount of media priming effort into explaining why the alleged novichok attack on the Skripals had a delayed effect of several hours, and then failed to kill them. Excuses included that it was a cold day which slowed their metabolisms, that the chemical took a long time to penetrate their skins, that the gel containing the novichok inhibited its operation, that it was a deliberately non-fatal dose, that rain had diluted the novichok on the doorknob, that the Skripals were protected by gloves and possibly only came into contact in taking the gloves off, or that nerve agents are not very deadly and easily treated.

The Novichoks story: chemical weapons programme or canary trap?

September 17, 2020

The poisoning incidents in Salisbury, England in 2018 with an unusual organophosphate compound designated A-234 gave rise to wide coverage of the story that a novel class of nerve agents named “Novichoks” had been discovered in the Soviet Union in the 1980s and that development of these agents as weapons had continued in Russia in violation of bilateral agreements with the US signed in 1989 and 1990. This story, originating with the dissident Russian chemist Vil Mirzayanov, has been accepted by many scientists and officials involved with chemical arms control.

Navalny Novichok Poisoning: The (Very Unlikely) Story So Far

September 3, 2020

For those of you who haven’t been following the news – Russian politician (or “opposition figure”, as he is universally referred to in the Western press) Alexei Navalny was taken ill two weeks ago. It is now being reported he was “poisoned” with “novichok”.

Novichok, Navalny, Nordstream, Nonsense

September 3, 2020

Once Navalny was in Berlin it was only a matter of time before it was declared that he was poisoned with Novichok. The Russophobes are delighted. This of course eliminates all vestiges of doubt about what happened to the Skripals, and proves that Russia must be isolated and sanctioned to death and we must spend untold billions on weapons and security services. We must also increase domestic surveillance, crack down on dissenting online opinion. It also proves that Donald Trump is a Russian puppet and Brexit is a Russian plot.

Novichok: Cynicism and Warmongering

June 17, 2020

The BBC plumbed the depths of hypocrisy in dressing up the final episode of the Salisbury Poisonings as a homage to Dawn Sturgess while systematically lying about the facts of her death, yet again to cover up the implausibility of the official narrative.

OPCW Manipulation Of Its Douma Report Requires A Fresh Look At The Skripal ‘Novichok’ Case

December 1, 2019

With regards to the revelations about the OPCW management manipulation of its staff reports the former UN weapon inspector Scott Ritter makes a very valid point:

Odd NYT ‘Correction’ Exculpates British Government And CIA From Manipulating Trump Over Skripal Novichok Incident

June 6, 2019

A piece in the New York Times showed how in March 2018 Trump was manipulated by the CIA and MI6 into expelling 60 Russian diplomats. Eight weeks after it was published the New York Times ‘corrects’ that narrative and exculpates the CIA and MI6 of that manipulation. Its explanation for the correction makes little sense.

Coincidence? – Chief Nurse Of British Army Was First To Arrive At Novichoked Skripal Scene

January 20, 2019

On March 4 2018 the British/Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found incapacitated on a bench in Salisbury. The British government asserts that they were affected by a chemical poison of the so called Novichok group. The case led to a diplomatic conflict as Britain accused Russia of an attempt to kill the Skripals. No evidence was provided by the British government to support those accusations. The Skripals have since been vanished.

The Novichok Affair: The Incredible Case of Boshirov and Petrov’s Visas By Craig MURRAY

September 25, 2018

The Metropolitan Police made one statement in the Skripal case which is plainly untrue; they claimed not to know on what kind of visa Boshirov and Petrov were travelling. As they knew the passports they used, and had footage of them coming through the airport, that is impossible. The Border Force could tell them in 30 seconds flat.

UK: Fresh novichok allegations used to escalate anti-Russia offensive By Thomas Scripps

September 19, 2018

While the facts remain obscured in the case of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov and their alleged role in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the political significance of the story is crystal clear. The novichok scandal is at the centre of the British government’s ratcheting up of diplomatic, economic and military tensions against Russia.

Novichok News Links 14-16 September 2018

September 16, 2018

16 September 2018 — William Bowles Why We’re Blind to the System Destroying Us

The Strange Timestamp In The New Novichok ‘Evidence’ – UPDATED

September 6, 2018

Today, in a politically convenient moment, the British government released new information about the poisoning of the British spy Sergej Skripal, his daughter, and three other persons. It claims to have identified two men with Russian passports who arrived in London from Moscow on March 2, went to Salisbury on March 3 on a ‘reconnaissance’ trip, came back to Salisbury on March 4 to put Novichok poison on the doorknob of Skripal’s home and flew back from London to Moscow on the same day. The names of the men were given as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov which are Russian language equivalents of Joe Smith and Sam Jones. These names are likely false.

The Magic Of Novichok – Deadly Agent Found In Perfume Bottle

July 20, 2018

One victim of the second ‘Novichok’ incident in Wiltshire, Matthew Rowley, is also on the path to full recovery. His friend Dawn Strugess, a drug addict with serious medical preconditions, died. Like with the Skripal case the details of the second incident raise lots of new questions.

UK mounts fresh offensive against Russia following second alleged novichok poisoning By Chris Marsden

July 7, 2018

Britain’s Conservative government has used a second alleged novichok nerve agent poisoning incident in the Salisbury area of England to launch a fresh provocation against Russia.

Selected Articles: UK Russophobia: Novichok 2.0

July 7, 2018

6 July 2018 — Global Research The Skripals and a New Novichok Affair: No End in Sight? By Dr. Ludwig Watzal, July 06, 2018 There was another Novichok attack on a couple that was found unconsciously at their British home in Amesbury, UK, close to Salisbury where the Skripals were found sleeping on a park bench after … Continue reading Selected Articles: UK Russophobia: Novichok 2.0

British Government Peddles Warmed Over Novichok Muck

July 5, 2018

4 July 2018 — Moon of Alabama It seems that Theresa May felt a need to stoke some more Russia hate: Just as the World Cup had forced the British media to grudgingly acknowledge the obvious truth that Russia is an extremely interesting country inhabited, like everywhere else, by mostly pleasant and attractive people, we … Continue reading British Government Peddles Warmed Over Novichok Muck

‘Novichok’: Here we go again!

July 5, 2018

“Professor Robert Stockman, of the University of Nottingham, said traces of nerve agents did not linger. He added: ‘These agents react with water to degrade, including moisture in the air, and so in the UK they would have a very limited lifetime. This is presumably why the street in Salisbury was being hosed down as a precaution – it would effectively destroy the agent.’”

Evidence – Novichok Delivery System Patented in the US

April 24, 2018

We wrote back on 9th April that: “The Skripal Novichok poison affair has fooled almost no-one with a slightly questioning mind and an internet connection. The entire story would make an epic egg-on-face Inspector Clouseau classic worthy of Peter Sellers at his best. The plot includes a delusional Russian despot attempting to assassinate an ageing retired ex-spy in Britain where the end result was an international scandal, a dead cat, two starved guinea pigs and a lot of unemployed diplomats.”

Novichok News Links 14-19 April 2018

April 19, 2018

19 April 2018 — 19 April 2018 Russia exposes British lies on Skripal, but trail leads to US By M.K. Bhadrakumar The Skripals Have Survived but They Are Not Safe: The Novichok Fraud Should Bring Down the UK Government

Video: Dr. Chris Busby on Novichoks and the Skripal Russia Poisoning Affair By Prof. Christopher Busby

April 10, 2018

9 April 2018 — Global Research Dr Busby says a few words about the Russian Nerve Agent issue. He speaks as an expert in this area. Chris worked for several years at the famous Wellcome Research laboratories in Beckenham, London as a Senior Scientist in the Department of Physical Chemistry. His job, at the basic … Continue reading Video: Dr. Chris Busby on Novichoks and the Skripal Russia Poisoning Affair By Prof. Christopher Busby

Why the Russian Double-Agent Skripal Could Not Have Been Poisoned with “Novichok”

April 8, 2018

The leaders of the U.S., U.K., France and other Western countries have said they are positive that Putin’s Russia poisoned the Russian double agents living in Salisbury, the Skripals, using a deadly, military grade “Novichok” nerve agent which is of Russian origin.

But this claim falls apart upon inspection …

Novichok Myth Debunked; How Will Russia Respond?

April 6, 2018

5 April 2018 — Global Research Raging US/UK Political Assault on Russia By Stephen Lendman, April 05, 2018 Despite no evidence suggesting Russian involvement, the official hostile narrative continues – supported by Western media. During an OPCW Executive Council Wednesday special session, Moscow’s proposed joint investigation was rejected by Washington and Britain.

Operation Hades – A Model For The ‘Novichok’ Case?

April 3, 2018

On August 10 1994 German officials in Munich ‘found’ 363 grams of plutonium on a plane coming from Moscow. They immediately asserted, that the plutonium ‘must’ have come from a Russian reactor. There was a lot of media panic, international political noise and condemnation of Russia. It turned out that the plutonium was not from Russia but had been planted by the German equivalent of the MI6, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND). Leaks and counter-leaks created a convoluted story to hide the truth behind it.

Last Act Of ‘Novichok’ Drama Revealed – “The Skripals’ Resurrection”

April 2, 2018

It seems that the ‘Novichok’ fairy-tale the British government plays to us provides for a happy ending – the astonishing and mysterious resurrection of the victims of a “military grade” “five to eight times more deadly than VX gas” “nerve agent” “of a type developed by” Hollywood.

Doubts about ‘Novichoks’ By Tim Hayward

April 1, 2018

There are reasons to doubt that these compounds are military grade nerve agents or that a Russian “Novichok” programme ever existed. If they were potentially usable as chemical weapons, people on the OPCW Scientific Advisory Board who were in a position to know the properties of these compounds would have recommended that they be added to the list of Scheduled Chemicals. They have never been added.

Hillary Clinton Ordered Diplomats To Suppress ‘Novichok’ Discussions

March 31, 2018

While the last act of the ‘Novichok’ drama, the seasonally appropriate resurrection of the Skripals, proceeds, some additional details of the history of ‘Novichok’ nerve agents come to light.

Yulia Skripal “improving rapidly”: The unravelling of the Russian Novichok narrative By Chris Marsden

March 31, 2018

Novichok was described as so deadly that the comatose Skripals were unlikely to ever recover, and that if they did they would be brain damaged and physically compromised. On Wednesday there were even media headlines that their life support might have to be turned off. Yet Thursday saw reports from Salisbury NHS foundation trust that 33-year-old Yulia is no longer in a critical condition and was “conscious and talking.”

Novichok: John Pilger – There Is No Evidence! It’s A Propaganda Campaign!

March 20, 2018

Russia-UK relations plunge amid row over the poisoning of a former spy. Award-winning journalist John Pilger joins RT to discuss this issue.

Novichok Saga: The West Is Walking on the Razor’s Edge: Selected Articles

March 19, 2018

18 March 2018 — Global Research In the absence of clear and sufficient evidence, PM Theresa May confidently averred that the nerve agent “Novichok” – used in an “attempted assassination” of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury – was manufactured by Russia. Both Skripal and his daughter Yulia have been hospitalized. There have been virtually no detailed reports regarding … Continue reading Novichok Saga: The West Is Walking on the Razor’s Edge: Selected Articles

UK, Slovakia, Sweden, Czech Republic among most probable source of ‘Novichok’ – Moscow

March 17, 2018

The substance used in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal may have originated from the countries studying the “Novichok” nerve agent, including the UK, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Sweden, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The Unexpected Poisoning and the Unsuspecting Victims

September 24, 2020

When the BBC’s “Salisbury Poisonings” went to air in the UK, it seemed inevitable that it would be screened in Australia, giving us at least a chance to prepare for this new propaganda onslaught. But just as it was “unclear” why the BBC had chosen to screen it in June, or for that matter to produce the “drama based on true events” in the first place, so it was hard to imagine what particular event or circumstance would make the rather ridiculous “Russian Novichok” story relevant again. One might have thought it foolish to remind people of it in case they weren’t so easily fooled a second time round, though for many people in Australia the first time mostly passed them by. “Putin did it again” was about the extent of their memory of the Skripal affair.

New Documents Reveal Secret British Efforts To Arm, Assist And Propagandize ‘Moderate Rebels’ In Syria

September 18, 2020

The same group or person who revealed the Integrity Initiative papers has now released several dozens of documents about another ‘Strategic Communication’ campaign run by the British Foreign Office. The current release reveals a number of train and assist missions for ‘Syrian rebels’ as well as propaganda operations run in Syria and globally on behalf of the British government.

Alexei Navalny News Links 23 August – 18 September 2020

September 18, 2020

18 September 2020 — The New Dark Age German cabinet spokesman reiterates call on Russia for clarifications on Navalny incident Novichok in Navalny’s Water Bottle? Novichok Allegedly Discovered On Water Bottle In Navalny’s Room, But It Traveled With Him To Germany

A Truly Poisonous Foreign Policy: A Ridiculous Proposal from The New York Times

September 13, 20201 CommentEdit

If one had been reading America’s leading newspapers and magazines over the past several weeks the series of featured stories suggesting that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is some kind of latter day Lucrezia Borgia would have been impossible to avoid. Putin, who was simultaneously being branded as some kind of totalitarian monster, apparently does not just go around chopping off heads. Instead, he prefers to slip military grade poison into people’s tea or wipes it onto their doorknobs. The case of the former Russian spskripaly Sergei Skripal in England is being cited as evidence that poisoning is a routine way of cleaning out the closets, so to speak, together with that of Aleksandr Litvinenko, who died in England in 2006 under mysterious circumstances after reportedly drinking a radioactive isotope that had been placed into his cup of tea while dining at a sushi restaurant in London. Apparently the raw fish had nothing to do with it.

Navalny Gets Skripaled

September 3, 20201 CommentEdit

Yawn! was my first reaction when I read this. Couldn’t they come up with a more believable fairy tale?

The German government says tests performed on samples taken from Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny showed the presence of the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok.

The Scene and the Crime: The Salisbury Poisonings

August 23, 2020

Nine months after Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned in March 2018, the BBC’s ‘Panorama’ screened a documentary about it, Salisbury Nerve Agent Attack: the Inside Story. The show backed the Tory government’s conviction that Russian GRU officers attacked the former Russian double agent and his daughter. But British experts pointed to its factual errors, and some ordinary punters – including the BBC’s own correspondent in Salisbury – were dubious.

The Salisbury Poisonings: Skripal drama framed as anti-Russian propaganda

June 27, 2020

In 2018, Britain published its National Security Capability Review, outlining a new “Fusion Doctrine.” This called for the “use of all our capabilities; from economic levers, through cutting-edge military resources to our wider diplomatic and cultural influence on the world’s stage” to “project our global influence.” The BBC, especially its World Service, was named as a key instrument of UK “soft power.”

The Miracle of Salisbury

June 16, 2020

It turns out that the BBC really does believe that God is an Englishman. When the simple impossibility of the official story on the Skripals finally overwhelmed the dramatists, they resorted to Divine Intervention for an explanation – as propagandists have done for millennia.

“Putin’s Gonna Get Me”

June 15, 2020

Shakespeare’s heirs at the BBC produced this deathless and entirely convincing line as the climax of the first episode of “The Salisbury Poisonings”, a three part piece of state propaganda on the Skripal saga, of which I watched Part 1 as it was broadcast last night. The other two parts are to be broadcast today and tomorrow, which unusual scheduling reflects the importance our masters place on this stirring tale of the resilience of the great British nation under attack by devilish foreigners. You can watch all three episodes now on BBC iPlayer, but personally I suffer from overactive antibodies to bullshit and need a break.

MH-17: Why Do the U.S. and Its Allies Hide These Facts From the Public? By Eric Zuesse

March 7, 2020

As I have documented on many occasions, even the JIT’s own ‘case’ against Russia, regarding the MH17 shoot-down, is founded upon and cites ‘evidence’ which actually disproves Russia’s involvement, and proves that this downing was instead a Ukrainian Government operation

Where Are The Skripals?

March 5, 2020

Two years ago, on March 4 2018, Sergei Skripal a British-Russian double agent and his daughter Julia were poisoned in the streets of Salisbury, England. The British government accused Russia of an attempt to kill the Skripals with a nerve agent.

UN Security Council Hears OPCW Inspector Testimony About The Manipulation Of ‘Chemical Attack’ Reports

January 22, 2020

We have long maintained that the alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria, on April 7 2018 was faked by Jihadists shortly before they were evicted from that Damascus suburb.

Media’s Deafening Silence on Latest WikiLeaks Drops Is Its Own Scandal

December 30, 2019

WikiLeaks has published yet another set of leaked internal documents from within the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) adding even more material to the mountain of evidence that we’ve been lied to about an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria last year which resulted in airstrikes upon that nation from the US, UK and France.

Syria News Links 5-10 December 2019

December 10, 2019

10 December 2019 — The New Dark Age There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back A Beautiful but Deceptive Documentary: “For Sama” The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO): Plans for 2020

The Skripals, Salisbury and the curious case of Dawn Sturgess’s inquest By Craig Murray

October 24, 2019

The killing of poor Dawn Sturgess was much the most serious of the events in Salisbury and Amesbury that attracted international attention. Yet nobody has been charged, no arrest warrant issued and no inquest held. The inquest for Dawn Sturgess has today been yet again postponed, for the fourth time, and for the first time no new prospective date has been given for it to open. Alarmingly, the coroner’s office are referring press enquiries to Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command – which ought to have no role in an inquest process supposed to be independent of the police.

No Inquest for Dawn Sturgess By Craig Murray

October 19, 2019

The killing of poor Dawn Sturgess was much the most serious of the events in Salisbury and Amesbury that attracted international attention. Yet nobody has been charged, no arrest warrant issued and no inquest held.

New Developments in the Skripal Case Reveal it for the Sham it Always Was By James ONeill

October 17, 2019

Whilst she was there, father and daughter became seriously ill while in the centre of town. They were found on a park bench and taken to hospital. They both recovered, and apart from a brief statement by Yulia some weeks later, neither has been heard from since.

White Helmets, Black Lies By David Macilwain

September 22, 2019

This is the story of my challenge to Australia’s SBS TV over their role in passing on criminal disinformation about Syria, chemical weapons and the White Helmets.

Punishing the World With Sanctions By Philip Giraldi

August 16, 2019

Sanctions are economic warfare, pure and simple. As an alternative to a direct military attack on a country that is deemed to be misbehaving they are certainly preferable, but no one should be under any illusions regarding what they actually represent. They are war by other means and they are also illegal unless authorized by a supra-national authority like the United Nations Security Council, which was set up after World War II to create a framework that inter alia would enable putting pressure on a rogue regime without going to war.

‘You have to prove Putin was involved’: Met Police push back against UK blame game in Skripal saga

August 8, 2019

A year and a half since the Salisbury poisoning, the UK appears to be left with egg on its face after Scotland Yard admitted it is impossible to build a criminal case due to a lack of evidence. The Metropolitan Police scrutinized claims that an order to target former double agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia came from the top echelons of the Russian government.

The Skripal Poisoning: Anonymous’ Revelations Point to UK Intelligence Motives By Karin Brothers

August 7, 2019

Initially, it appeared to former government whistleblowers that the motive might have been connected to Sergei Skripal’s relationship with his handler Pablo Miller, whose name had been protected by a government gag order soon after the poisoning. Miller was a colleague of Christopher Steele, author of the fabricated Russian dossier on Donald Trump: perhaps Skripal had been involved with that dossier and tried to extort money for what he knew?

In Memory of Dawn Sturgess by Rob Slane

July 13, 2019

I couldn’t let the anniversary of the Amesbury case, in which Dawn Sturgess lost her life, pass without comment. My thanks to Duncan, Liane, and Paul especially, and many other commenters for their observations which have helped in the writing of this. It’s a long read. Here goes…

How Stupid Do They Think We Are? By Patrick Armstrong

July 8, 2019

Consumers of the print or electronic output of the League of Copy Typists and their Instructors are expected to believe many impossible things and believe them, not just before breakfast, but all day too.

UK: Tory government positions itself as most loyal US ally against Iran By Chris Marsden

June 18, 2019

Britain intends to send special forces to the Gulf of Oman. Their stated mission is to protect UK warships amid rising tensions between the US and Iran. But politically their role will be to help consolidate the Conservative government’s position as the premier ally of the Trump administration, which is considered essential amid the escalating crisis over Britain’s exiting the European Union.

The Official Skripal Story is a Dead Duck By Craig Murray

April 17, 2019

One of the striking things about the official Skripal story is the way its more wildly improbable aspects have been released to the mainstream media over a long period, so as to manage their impact. So, for example, police acknowledgement that the perfume bottle Charlie Rowley found was sealed and could not have been the container used on the Skripals is comparatively recent, and it took nine months for us to learn that, by a truly wonderful coincidence, the first person to find the Skripals ill on the bench was the Chief Nurse of the British Army.

CIA Director Used Fake Skripal Incident Photos To Manipulate Trump

April 16, 2019

An ass kissing portrait of Gina Haspel, torture queen and director of the CIA, reveals that she lied to Trump to push for more aggression against Russia.

Pure: Ten Points I Just Can’t Believe About the Official Skripal Narrative By Craig Murray

March 8, 2019

I still do not know what happened in the Skripal saga, which perhaps might more respectfully be termed the Sturgess saga. I cannot believe the Russian account of Boshirov and Petrov, because if those were their real identities, those identities would have been firmly established and displayed by now. But that does not mean they attempted to kill the Skripals, and there are many key elements to the official British account which are also simply incredible.

The Skripal Case: An Alternative Narrative By Michael Antony

March 5, 2019

The recent titbit fed to us by Bellingcat (reputedly close to MI6) that a third Russian agent was booked on the flight from Heathrow to Moscow on the night of 4th March 2018 — the flight taken by the two alleged GRU officers filmed in Salisbury — but didn’t show up for it, has pointed to a possible solution to the baffling Skripal puzzle. What if the third man, or perhaps the man who was supposed to take his place, was by then lying in Salisbury Hospital in a coma from opiate poisoning? What if Sergei Skripal was a triple agent trying to escape back to Russia to tell the world the truth about the Steele Dossier, which he had helped to concoct as a scurrilous, obscene joke and which had unexpectedly become the new bible of the insane war party in Washington?

The Skripal Case: One Year On

March 4, 2019

It is now a year since the events in Salisbury that shocked the nation, and indeed the world. Since then, your organisation has conducted an investigation into the case, and has laid out a case about what happened in a series of statements, notably those made on 5th September (no longer available on your website), in which two suspects were formally accused, and another on 22nd November, following the screening of the Panorama documentary: Salisbury Nerve Agent Attack — The Inside Story.

When ‘Former’ Spies Run Wild Bad Things Happen

January 31, 2019

The stories is this eassy are about nefarious activities by former NSA, former CIA, former military etc. staff that joined private businesses. They demonstrate that there is a structural problem when people trained to be weapons are allowed to run in the wild.

UK: More troubling questions emerge in the Skripal case By Robert Stevens

January 24, 2019

It emerged this week that the first person to give first aid to the Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia—poisoned in still unexplained events in Salisbury last March—was the most senior nurse in the British Army, Alison McCourt.

Integrity Initiative: Big Brother’s Minions – or Flim-Flam Artists? By Patrick Armstrong

January 23, 20191 CommentEdit

I’m not sure what to make of Integrity Initiative (what a great gaslighting name: integrity? Hah hah: no, just furtive paid propaganda and opinion steering). But I watch the unfolding revelations with fascination. Certainly, the whole thing is bigger than it seemed at first and all the documents being revealed appear to be true.

Richard Dearlove Helped Blair Kill Millions. The Security Services are a Danger to Our State and Society

January 13, 2019

When Sir Richard Dearlove was Head of MI6, the Blairites adored him as he approved the lying Dossier on Iraqi WMD which led to wars, invasion, the death of millions and the destabilisation which continues to wreck the entire Middle East. Now, as he writes to Tory constituency chairman advocating the hardest of hard Brexits, had they any capacity for self-reflection the Blairites would probably be thinking it was after all not such a great move of Tony to appoint the hardest of hard right nutters to head our overseas intelligence service.

UK Integrity Initiative heavily involved in Skripal affair By Robert Stevens

January 7, 2019

The Institute for Statecraft (IoS) and its Integrity Initiative (II) constitute a secret propaganda network tied to the UK security services. They bring together high-ranking military and intelligence personnel, journalists and academics to manufacture and disseminate propaganda serving the geo-political aims of British imperialism and its allies.

The ‘Integrity Initiative’ – A Military Intelligence Operation, Disguised As Charity, To Create The “Russian Threat” By Moon of Alabama

December 16, 2018

The British government financed Integrity Initiative is tasked with spreading anti-Russian propaganda and with influencing the public, military and governments of a number of countries. What follows is an incomplete analysis of the third batch of the Initiative’s papers which was dumped yesterday.

UK government’s role in anti-Corbyn campaign exposed By Robert Stevens

December 11, 2018

The Integrity Initiative (II), funded by the UK, US governments and NATO, played a central role in efforts to discredit and remove Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The West Slips Down Another Step By Patrick Armstrong

December 3, 2018

There is much on the Internet these days about documents allegedly hacked by Anonymous; these documents belong to the “Integrity Initiative” and describe a multi-country effort, funded by London and Washington, to counter “Russian propaganda” and “fake news”. Since the initial story broke, a good deal of confusion has been laid down: Wikileaks is doubtful, and Anonymous itself is being evasive. On the other hand, Integrity Initiative doesn’t entirely deny.

The Claim That CCTV Shows the Salisbury Poisoning Suspects in the Vicinity of Mr Skripal’s House is Deeply Misleading

October 12, 2018

The images and timeline released by the Metropolitan Police on September 5th, when they formally accused two men of the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal, contain a number of problems and oddities.

Britain is More of a Fake State than Anything Else By Grete Mautner

October 12, 2018

Blatant lies have been a feature of the British political system for a long while. Whitehall’s tried and tested ways of manipulating the general public are used to distract attention from crucial topics. But what’s even more curious is that inside the Whitehall bunkers where they come up with their own definitions for such manipulations, there is even a term for this kind of propaganda. They call it a ‘term of art’.

How The U.S. Runs Public Relations Campaigns – Trump Style – Against Russia And China By Moon of Alabama

October 5, 2018

Yesterday several NATO countries ran a concerted propaganda campaign against Russia. The context for it was a NATO summit in which the U.S. presses for an intensified cyberwar against NATO’s preferred enemy.

US, UK and NATO allies ramp up anti-Russia offensive over “cyber spying” and Skripals By Robert Stevens

October 5, 2018

The US Department of Justice is seeking the arrest of seven Russian nationals it claims worked for the GRU, the main Russian military intelligence agency. They are accused of hacking, with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as the most important target, as well as wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering.

British Intelligence Throws More Novi-Fog™ To Hide The Holes In Its Skripal File

September 28, 2018

The British government asserts that the two visiting men are agents of the Russian military intelligence service GRU. It says that they applied ‘Novichok’ to the doorknob of Sergej Skripal’s house with the intent to kill the former British spy. The ‘highly deadly’ poison is said to have affected Sergej Skripal, his daughter Yulia and a policeman. All are said to be well by now but all three have been vanished from the public by the British intelligence services.

The Skripal Affair – Another False Flag in NATO Litany to Criminalize Russia By Finian Cunningham

September 21, 2018

If we start from a premise which understands that Britain and its NATO allies are capable of mounting false flag events in Syria with chemical weapons, then it is entirely possible that British secret services carried out a similar propaganda stunt in England with regard to former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal.

RT editor-in-chief’s exclusive interview with Skripal case suspects Petrov & Boshirov

September 13, 2018

13 September 2018 — RT RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan has spoken exclusively to the two men the UK named as suspects in the Skripal poisoning – Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. (Inc. transcript)

Charges ‘Without Merit’ – Jeremy Corbyn, Antisemitism, Norman Finkelstein and Noam Chomsky

September 12, 2018

We have always been struck by the sense of complete unreality surrounding this debate and decided to check when and how often Corbyn has been accused of antisemitism since first being elected as an MP in 1983.

Skripal and Syria… The Imperative of Criminalizing Russia By Finian Cunningham

September 10, 2018

There is a direct link between Britain’s sensational allegations against Russia in the Skripal affair and NATO’s losing covert war in Syria.

Skripals – The Mystery Deepens By Craig Murray

September 7, 2018

The Metropolitan Police state that Boshirov and Petrov did not arrive in Salisbury until 11.48 on the day of the poisoning. That means that they could not have applied a nerve agent to the Skripals’ doorknob before noon at the earliest. But there has never been any indication that the Skripals returned to their home after noon on Sunday 4 March. If they did so, they and/or their car somehow avoided all CCTV cameras. Remember they were caught by three CCTV cameras on leaving, and Borishov and Petrov were caught frequently on CCTV on arriving.

UK “identifies” Russian agents in attempted Skripal assassination By Robert Stevens

September 7, 2018

The UK government and media have doubled down on their anti-Russian campaign following Wednesday’s announcement by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that two men have been named as suspects in the poisoning of former Russian/British double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

The police released passport photos and CCTV images of two men in various locations, including Gatwick Airport and Salisbury. But despite hysterical news broadcasts and front-page headlines regarding “Russian assassins,” the public know nothing more substantively about the events of Sunday, March 4, than they did more than six months ago.

Britain Should Be in the Dock Over Skripal Saga, Not Russia

September 7, 2018

The latest announcement by British authorities of two named Russian suspects in connection with the alleged poison assassination of a former Russian spy and his daughter is more absurd drama in a long-running tawdry saga.

No verifiable evidence is ever presented, just more lurid innuendo and more refusal by the British authorities to abide by any due process and international norms of diplomacy. It is all scurrilous sound and fury aimed at smearing Russia.

All Sanctions Against Russia Are Based on Lies By Eric Zuesse

September 5, 2018

All of the sanctions (economic, diplomatic, and otherwise) against Russia are based on clearly demonstrable intentional falsehoods; and the sanctions which were announced on August 8th are just the latest example of this consistent tragic fact — a fact which will be proven here, with links to the evidence, so that anyone who reads here can easily see that all of these sanctions are founded on lies against Russia.

Identification of Skripal suspects is ‘wild speculation’ – UK security minister

July 19, 2018

UK Security Minister Ben Wallace has dismissed claims police identified the suspects in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury as “wild speculation.”

It’s the Wrong Park! How the Ducks Raise Some Serious Questions in the Salisbury Poisonings By Rob Slane

July 13, 2018

13 July 2018 — The Blogmire According to the Metropolitan Police investigation into the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, here is a timeline of events on 4th March

The Holes in the Official Skripal Story By Craig Murray

July 13, 2018

If Russia really has a professional novichok assassin training programme, why was the assassination so badly botched? Surely in a decade of development they would have discovered that the alleged method of gel on doorknob did not work? And where is the training manual which Boris Johnson claimed to possess? Having told the world – including Russia -the UK has it, what is stopping the UK from producing it, with marks that could identify the specific copy erased?

“Nerve agent” death of Dawn Sturgess raises fresh questions over UK Skripal affair By Thomas Scripps

July 10, 2018

9 July 2018 — WSWS The tragic death of Amesbury resident Dawn Sturgess has raised questions surrounding the Skripal/ “novichok” poisoning events in the UK to a new pitch.

Syria News Links 24-26 May 2018

May 26, 2018

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The Salisbury Poisonings. What Was the Agent Used? Who Could Have Produced It? When and Where were the Skripals Exposed?

May 14, 2018

The following briefing note is developed by academics researching the use of chemical and biological weapons during the 2011-present war in Syria. The note reflects work in progress. However, the substantive questions raised need answering, especially given the seriousness of the political situation in the Middle East and UK-Russian relations. The authors welcome comments and corrections.

U.K. Defense-Notice (D-Notice): Here Are the Official State Censorship Documents Relating to the Skripal Affair

May 14, 2018

If Miller and, by extension, Skripal himself were somehow involved in Orbis’ work on the highly-suspect Steele–Trump dossier, alongside representatives of British and possibly US intelligence, then all manner of motivations can be suggested for an attack on the ex-Russian spy and British double agent by forces other than Russia’s intelligence service, the FSB.

D-Notices, State Censorship And The Cynical Collusion of Mainstream Media

May 12, 2018

A DSMA-Notice (Defence and Security Media Advisory Notice) — formerly a DA-Notice (Defence Advisory Notice), and before that called a Defence Notice (D-Notice) until 1993—is an official request to news editors not to publish or broadcast items on specified subjects for “reasons of national security.”

Media Use Disinformation To Accuse Russia Of Spreading Such

May 11, 2018

The Grauniad is slipping deeper into the disinformation business: Revealed: UK’s push to strengthen anti-Russia alliance is the headline of a page one piece which reveals exactly nothing. There is no secret lifted and no one was discomforted by a questioning journalist.

The Silence Of The Skripals – Government Blocks Press Reports – Media Change The Record

May 2, 2018

The British government alleged that the Skripals were poisoned by Novichok, a deadly nerve agent, and blamed Russia for it. There are stiill many open questions to ask but the British media, otherwise not afraid of ‘door stepping’, are curiously uninterested. We already noted in early April that the British press was throwing Novi-Fog™ onto the public. It was repeating outrageous and illogical claims from “security services” but did no genuine reporting on the Skripal case.

A British Gag Order After the Skripals’ Poisoning Points to UK Government Guilt By Karin Brothers

May 1, 2018

1 May 2018 — Global Research British government’s lack of interest in the Skripals’ “friend” ”at Zizzi’s” implies its involvement in their poisoning. They are now missing and presumed dead.

The Mainstream Media Fueled Military Action in Syria, Reprisals Against Russia over the Skripal Affair By Philip Giraldi

April 25, 2018

The complicity of America’s Fourth Estate in the evolution of the national security warfare state is often mentioned in passing but rarely analyzed in any detail. But a recent article on Lobe Log by Adam Johnson is refreshing in that it does just that, looking at the editorials in 26 leading newspapers relating to the April 13th strike against Syria for the alleged use of chemical weapons.

Media Lies and Gas Attacks

April 20, 2018

19 April 2018 — Global Research As Lies on Syrian Gas Attack Unravel, US and UK Shift to Claims of Russian “Cyber War” By Will Morrow, April 19, 2018 On Monday, the US and British intelligence agencies released a joint report charging Moscow with unspecified “cyber warfare” against the West. The American media was filled with … Continue reading Media Lies and Gas Attacks

Russia exposes British lies on Skripal, but trail leads to US By M.K. Bhadrakumar

April 19, 20181 CommentEdit

Moscow says it has proof that the agent used in the UK attack is a chemical weapon patented in the US. So was this a covert operation aimed at ratcheting up tensions between the West and Russia?

Who “Staged” the Syria Gas Attack? Selected Articles

April 18, 2018

17 April 2018 — Global Research Russia Reveals Who “Staged” Syria Gas Attack, As US Claims Moscow “May Have Tampered” with Douma Site By Zero Hedge, April 17, 2018 The Russian envoy to the chemical weapons watchdog group, OPCW, said that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) funded by the UK and US carried out the April 7 chemical … Continue reading Who “Staged” the Syria Gas Attack? Selected Articles

UN agency fails to substantiate claims of Russian use of “military grade nerve agent” in Skripal poisoning By Julie Hyland

April 14, 2018

The report by the UN agency is crucial in the efforts at damage limitation after last week’s implosion of the claims that an ultra-deadly nerve agent had been used on British soil, 10 times more toxic than sarin gas, and so sophisticated that it had to have been produced by a state actor. The claims were blown to bits after the policeman and Yulia Skripal made full recoveries, and Sergei Skripal was also said to be out of danger.

‘Plan to make me look foolish failed’ – Craig Murray to RT on Skripal interview for Sky News

April 10, 2018

In his interview with Burley on Sky News, Murray and the presenter clashed about Sky News’ Porton Down interview, with Murray suggesting that an extra question may have been recorded after the original interview and tacked on to the end.

Iraq, Massacre of a Country: “A War on Terror” when you are the Terrorist

April 10, 2018

9 April 2018 — Global Research Iraq, Massacre of a Country: “A War on Terror” when you are the Terrorist By Felicity Arbuthnot, April 09, 2018 “How can you make a war on terror when you are actually the terrorist?” (Unknown.) America’s 2003 assault on Iraq, already devastated by thirteen years of sanctions, infrastructure destruction consequently … Continue reading Iraq, Massacre of a Country: “A War on Terror” when you are the Terrorist

The Best Explanation For The Skripal Drama Is Still … Food Poisoning

April 9, 2018

A friend of this blog, Tore, sent us his considerations which we publish below. He suggest that shellfish poisoning, which is caused by a neurotoxin known as Saxitoxin or STX, is the real culprit of the Skripal incident. He explains how this would fit to the observable behavior of the British government and other participants in the drama. In my view his theory has significant merit.

The Good Friday Massacre: World…We Are All Palestinians, Now!

April 7, 2018

6 April 2108 — Global Research The Good Friday Massacre: World…We Are All Palestinians, Now! By Brett Redmayne-Titley, April 06, 2018 Eighteen more Palestinians were unapologetically murdered this past “Good Friday” by the Israeli military. They were unarmed. They were on their own land. They were desperate. They screamed their desperation as they marched. Then, they … Continue reading The Good Friday Massacre: World…We Are All Palestinians, Now!

The “Russian Poisoning” Farce: Knobs and Knockers By Craig Murray

April 6, 2018

This narrative simply is not remotely credible. Nerve agents – above all “military grade nerve agents” – were designed as battlefield weapons. They do not leave opponents fighting fit for hours. There is no description in the scientific literature of a nerve agent having this extraordinary time bomb effect.

U.K. is Lying: If Skripal was Poisoned at His Home, The Agent Used against Him Cannot be Nerve Gas By Bassim al-Khalili

April 4, 2018

The United Kingdom unknowingly admitted that its government has been lying, accusing Russia of allegedly poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia by the nerve agent Novichok on March 4 in Salisbury. The British government has already made two grave mistakes.

UK Foreign Office denies claiming nerve agent from Russia, despite tweet and Boris Johnson interview

April 4, 2018

The UK Foreign Office denies claiming the nerve agent used in the Salisbury poisoning of the Skripals came directly from Russia. Despite admitting it sent a tweet saying exactly that, and Boris Johnson making the same claim.

Skripal Affair Exposes Serial Invader UK, US & US Alliance Mendacity & Hypocrisy By Dr Gideon Polya

March 26, 2018

Notwithstanding this headline-grabbing, US Alliance outrage, it remains just as likely that the Skripal Affair is another US Alliance false flag operation conducted by the UK, the US, Apartheid Israel or whoever for whatever reason, noting that culprit has not been identified, the agent has not been independently confirmed, the UK rejects any Russian involvement in such analysis, and the site of the attempted murder, Salisbury, is only a few kilometres from the UK’s top secret, chemical warfare facility, Porton Down.

Black Agenda Report 22 March 2018

March 22, 2018

22 March 2018 — Black Agenda Report Liberal Ire at Trump and Cambridge Analytica is Misdirected From Billionaires Who Own Your Data – Bruce A. Dixon , BAR managing editor Why should our online human interacions be the private property of billionaires? Wrong question. Liberals would rather you rage at Trump for doing what both … Continue reading Black Agenda Report 22 March 2018

The Geopolitics of Targeting Russia: Selected Articles

March 21, 2018

20 March 2018 — Global Research The Red Sea 2015 “Secret Yacht Summit” that Realigned the Middle East By David Hearst, March 20, 2018 George Nader, the Lebanese-American businessman, who is co-operating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Donald Trump’s campaign funding, organised a secret summit of Arab leaders on a yacht in the Red Sea in … Continue reading The Geopolitics of Targeting Russia: Selected Articles

Media Lens: No Spirit Of Liberty – The Salisbury Case, Corbyn And The Need For Dissent

March 21, 2018

Fifteen years ago this month, the US-led ‘Shock and Awe’ offensive began against Iraq, supposedly to disarm the country of its ‘weapons of mass destruction’. The illegal invasion and subsequent brutal occupation led to the loss of around one million lives, created millions of refugees, destroyed the infrastructure of a country already ravaged by over a decade of cruel UN sanctions, and contributed significantly to the rise of Islamic State. All of this might never have happened were it not for an intense campaign of propaganda and deception in which the so-called ‘mainstream’ media, including ‘impartial’ BBC News, were enthusiastic participants.

Triggering War. A Manufactured “Catalytic Event” Which Will Initiate An All Out War? Are We Going to Let this Happen Again?

March 19, 2018

As we watch Western governments testing their opponents – today Iran, the next day the DPRK, and then Russia and China – we hold our breaths. We are waiting with a sense of dread for the occurrence of a catalytic event that will initiate war. Now is the time to reflect on such catalytic events, to understand them, to prepare for them.

UK prime minister delivers ultimatum to Russia, heightening war danger By Laura Tiernan

March 13, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons that Russia was “highly likely” to be responsible for deploying “a military grade nerve agent” against double agent Sergei Skripal, which she declared “an indiscriminate and reckless act against the United Kingdom.”

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