On March 4th 2018, Sergei and his daughter Yulia Skripal were found unresponsive on a park bench in Salisbury, England, less than 10 miles distant from Porton Down, by the daughter of a woman who just happened to be the Chief Nurse in the British Army, who then rendered first aid to the stricken pair, prior to the emergency services arriving. Porton Down was subsequently to be instrumental in identifying the chemical agent involved as Novichok, the notoriously deadly military grade nerve agent, which surprisingly failed to kill the Skripals after having been sneakily smeared all over their door handle by two Russian agents. What Porton Down were not able to do is positively identify the source of the deadly nerve agent, presumed by the British Government and the world and his wife to be Russia - cos Russia Bad, obviously.
Gary Aitkenhead, chief executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down, said they had not been able to prove A-234 substance, allegedly used for Skripals' poisoning, was made in Russia, according to Sky News broadcaster.
"We were able to identify it as Novichok, to identify that it was a military-grade nerve agent. We have not identified the precise source, but we have provided the scientific info to the government who have then used a number of other sources to piece together the conclusions you have come to," he stated.
However, Aitkenhead affirmed the nerve agent required "extremely sophisticated methods to create, something only in the capabilities of a state actor".
According to him, there is no antidote to the nerve agent.
The chief of Britain's military research center at Porton Down refused to comment on whether the lab had produced or maintains stocks of the A-234 nerve agent but dismissed that the agent used to poison the Skripals came from Porton Down.
"There is no way anything like that could have come from us or left the four walls of our facility," Aitkenhead noted.
Of course not. There is no way either that SARS-CoV-2 could have been a Gain of Function virus, manufactured in a lab in China with funding from Fauci’s National Institutes of Health, in cooperation with the US Department of Defense. A virus which unfortunately just ‘happened’ to escape, causing the Gates and CCP controlled WHO to declare a ‘pandemic’ and countries across the globe to synchronously execute highly coordinated, economy destroying, communo-fascist-inspired lockdowns in imitation of WinXi the Pooh in Wuhan. I mean, it’s just a coincidence that Boris ‘Pol Pot Belly’ Johnson, former PM who locked down Britain in March 2020 for a virus no worse than a bad ‘flu for most, was Foreign Secretary at the time of the Skripal poisonings and was one of the first to blame Putin’s Russia for the attack, using his own little ‘fact-checking’ facility provided courtesy of HM Government official website:
So let me repeat the facts. Our experts at Porton Down have identified the substance used against the Skripals as a “military grade” Novichok, a class of nerve agents developed by Russia.
In addition, the British government has information that within the last decade Russia has investigated ways of delivering nerve agents likely for assassination and as part of this programme has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichoks.
Moreover, Russia has an obvious motive for targeting Sergei Skripal. In the year that Skripal moved to Britain, President Putin made a televised threat that “traitors” would “kick the bucket” and “choke”.
The fate of Alexander Litvinenko, murdered in London in 2006, demonstrates the Kremlin’s willingness to kill someone in this country. The Russian Duma has actually passed a law that allows the assassination of “extremists” overseas.
Put the facts together and there is one conclusion: only the Russian state has the means, the motive and the record to carry out this crime. As the Prime Minister told the Commons on 14th March, there is “no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian state was culpable for the attempted murder”.
What followed that March 4th, 2018 event in Salisbury is pure farce, high farce, international farce, a veritable pantomime of political skulduggery and absurdity, which had the desired effect of energising Russophobia in Britain, Europe and the US and enhancing the fearfulness of the general population. Moreover, it provided the justification for further political and economic sanctions against Russia, from both sides of The Pond. You see, the Skripal Incident wasn’t just the attempted assassination of a former Russian military intelligence officer turned UK spy by Putin, it was potentially a terror attack which put the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent British citizens at risk. Off-Guardian tells the story:
Today marks five years – five long years – since the “attack” on Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England.
For those of you who may have had the details become obscure in three years of Covid fog, here is the “official story”:
Sergei Skripal, a Russian military intelligence officer, was found guilty of spying for the UK in 2006, and sentenced to 13 years in prison.
In 2010 he was released and traded to the United Kingdom as part of a spy swap. Having settled in the UK Sergei lived a quiet and comfortable life of retirement, allegedly.
Eight years later, in early 2018, with a Presidential election looming and just weeks before Russia was due to host the FIFA World Cup, Vladimir Putin decided to assassinate him for as yet obscure reasons.
The GRU, Russia’s military intelligence unit, dispatched two of their elite covert operatives, who proceeded to fly direct from Moscow under aliases they had allegedly already employed and using Russian passports.
These alleged assassins carried with them two perfume bottles full of “Novichok”, allegedly one of the deadliest nerve agents ever devised. This would be enough to kill around 800,000 people.
On arriving in the UK these highly-trained covert agents book a hotel with a CCTV camera on the front door, and the next day, March 3, they travel to Salisbury by train, allegedly to recon the area, then return to London. They are apparently observed by CCTV camera’s the entire time.
The following day, March 4, they again travel to Salisbury, this time the master assassins walk to Skripal’s house and somehow “smear” the liquid Novichok on the handle of his front door.
No eye-witness, photograph or piece of CCTV footage has ever been made publicly available to show either of these two men anywhere in the area of Sergei Skripal’s house.
The whereabouts of the opened bottle of poison have never been established.
Having applied the poison, the two highly trained assassins do two things before returning to London. 1) They drop their second, unopened, bottle of novichok (presumably enough to kill approx 400,000 people) in a charity donation bin, rather than destroying it or taking it back to Russia. 2) They stop by an antiques store to browse.
The two assassins leave the country that afternoon, flying direct to Moscow, without knowing if their alleged target is dead, and again making no effort to conceal their origins.
Despite both handling the poison, and somehow carrying enough of it back to contaminate their hotel room, neither of the men – nor any of the staff, train passengers or passers by who come into contact with them – ever become sick, even though only 1mg of Novichok is an allegedly lethal dose.
Later that afternoon, Sergei and Yulia Skripal are found “almost unconscious” on a park bench in Salisbury town centre. It is claimed this was due to contact with the Novichok smeared on Sergei’s door handle, though reports originally stated neither he nor his daughter had returned to the house, and the timing seems to make it unlikely they did
The person who found them was the most senior nurse in the British Army (likely in the area as part of Toxic Dagger, the British Military’s landmark chemical weapons training exercise which began Feb 20th and ran on until March 12th).
The nurse and her family administer “emergency aid” to the two alleged poisoning victims. Neither she nor anyone else on the scene, nor any of the first responders, ever experience any symptoms of nerve agent poisoning. Neither do any of the other people the Skripal’s came into contact with that day.
DS Nick Bailey, a CID officer is in contact with the Skripals or their home at this time and subsequently becomes ill. It has never been stated how exactly he was exposed. It was initially reported he was a first responder to the scene, but that story was changed and it was later claimed he visited the Skripal house. Despite the alleged lethality of novichok in even very minute doses, Bailey is fit to return home after 18 days.
Porton Down, the British government’s chemical weapons research centre, is brought in to help identify what chemical – if any – the Skripals/Bailey were exposed to.
Within a month they release a statement claiming the poison was “a novichok like agent”, but that they could not pinpoint its origin. How they were able to test for a (at the time) theoretical chemical without having a sample to test against, has never been explained.
Porton Down is 8 minutes away from Salisbury by car.
Nearly four months later, in late June of 2018, Charlie Rowley finds the unopened perfume bottle a full of novichok (whether he bought it from a charity shop or found it in a bin is unclear, both stories have been reported). Upon using the perfume Rowley’s partner, Dawn Sturgess, falls ill. Later that day Rowley also falls ill. Sturgess dies in hospital two weeks later. But Rowley survives. Making him the fourth person in this narrative to survive exposure to an agent lethal in doses as small as 1mg.
Sergei Skripal and Julia both recovered and allegedly chose to live secluded lives. Sergei has not appeared in public at all since allegedly being found on that park bench. Yulia made one brief press statement. Their current whereabouts are totally unknown. Their family in Russia have apparently been denied all access to them. DS Bailey was initially also keen to maintain his privacy but has subsequently given at least one interview some while after the event.
The Off Guardian author thinks that Skripal was a psyop - just like Covid:
This is the UK government’s “official version” of what happened. Unvarnished and unsatirised. None of it is disputed, exaggerated or speculative.
It is the perfect example of a modern propaganda narrative. Convoluted, contradictory, and physically impossible.
It twines together familiar cliches.
In the years since the Skripal “attack” rolled out “Novichok” has been allegedly used again, this time on Alexei Navalny.
He didn’t die either. Completing the chemical’s transformation from an entirely hypothetical nerve agent, through the “deadliest neurotoxin” ever invented, to a “poison” that never, ever works.
Interestingly, the “novichok” poisoning actually foreshadowed Covid in a few weird ways.
There is the agent that is oddly efficiently identified by a lab, despite having no reference with which to identify it.
There is the chemical that we are told is SUPER DANGEROUS, and requires MAXIMUM PROTECTION…and yet people on the ground mill about without protecting themselves, and the deaths and illnesses never stack up with predictions.
There’s the well-timed exercise preceding the attack by only a few days.
There is the corporate media and pundits repeating buzz phrases like a hypnotist working a trick, or some religious mantra. Repeat after me, “there is no plausible alternative explanation”
The obvious difference between Skripal and Covid is that there was supposedly no ‘bad guy’ with Covid; it was just an unfortunate emergence of a novel zoonotic virus which caused a pandemic, which caused global economic devastation. At least, that’s what we were told initially. It turns out that the Covid bad guys were the Western military-industrial complex, the Pharma industry, the banking industry, the CCP, the WHO, an assortment of creepy conspiratorial globalists and our own governments, all working as joint stakeholders in the imposition of a globo-capitalist New World Order referred to by Klaus Schwab as the Great Reset and parroted as such by numerous compliant government officials.
With Skripal, the bad guy was Russia, just as with the Ukraine invasion, which global ‘crisis’ followed hot on the heels of Covid and was sold to a gullible public using exactly the same emotionally-charged propaganda techniques employed with Covid. With Covid, economic destruction followed in its wake. With Skripal, sanctions against Russia followed in its wake. With the invasion of Ukraine, economically ruinous sanctions followed in its wake, this time affecting not just Russia, but Western nations too, particularly European nations. The economic carnage caused by the catastrophic but globally coordinated response to Covid was being made even worse by the Ukraine war. Then because of the invasion of Ukraine, the US blew up the Nordstream pipelines, just in case Germany and other European nations were tempted to bypass sanctions by importing cheap Russian gas. More economic carnage and a brand new ‘energy crisis’. Initially, Russia was named as the bad guy which blew up its own pipeline, but the narrative was just too absurd even for the fake news media to sustain and they gave up quite quickly. So what we seem to have is an emerging pattern of punitive economic sanctions and destructive economic policies in response to international ‘crises’, both real and fabricated.
The event which provoked the 2022 invasion of Ukraine was the US-supported neo-Nazi coup (‘popular uprising’) which occurred in Ukraine in Feb 2014. A pro-Russian Ukrainian government was replaced by a neo Nazi pro Western government which then proceeded to bomb the crap out of the Donbas region following Russia’s annexation of the Crimea and the formation of the two Russian separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. This is when the Dance of the Russian Sanctions began, documented here. They started in early March 2014 and really kicked off in April 2014 when Donetsk and Luhansk pro-Russian protests began:
The Skripal poisoning 4 years later was the excuse for another punishing round of sanctions and Trump was imposing fresh economic sanctions even as late as August 2019, when SARS-CoV-2 was first circulating in Europe probably.
It seems a little odd to me that these sanctions were imposed so late at the behest of Congress and just after a telephone call between Putin and Trump:
In recent months, the US Congress has been pressing President Trump to act again, saying that the 90-day deadline had long expired.
The sanctions came a day after Mr Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a phone conversation.
Both the White House and the Kremlin said the two leaders discussed massive wildfires raging in Russia. They did not say whether the sanctions issue was also raised.
The Dance of the tit-for-tat Sanctions against Russia continues to this day. Have they damaged Russia? Almost certainly. Have they damaged Western interests? Definitely. Have they worked, i.e. achieved their stated purpose of crippling Russia so badly that it withdraws its territorial claims in Ukraine and ceases all aggressive operations abroad (real or otherwise)? No. We got WW3 though.
You've given a concise summary of this weird incident and there are lots more questions than answers. This incident was so illogical and irrational that we can't make any sense of it. I'm guessing that it's such an incomprehensible mess that it's the result of malice, miscommunication and incompetence in both the UK and Russian governments. I hope the truth emerges some time but I can't say I'm optimistic.