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The Russian spy poisoned along with his daughter was close to a consultant for British ex-official Christopher Steele’s company, according to a report. Sergei Skripal, a 66-year-old former colonel for Russia intelligence, was found on Sunday collapsed along with his 33-year-old daughter Yulia on a bench in Salisbury.
Police said that the pair, and a police officer who responded to the scene, were suffering the effects of a deadly nerve agent, and that they had been the targets of a poisoning.
British officials have issued warnings to Russia, though police have not pinpointed any motive in the case.
Sources say the particular type of nerve agent is a “key part” of the investigation. One, said to be familiar with the inquiry, told the BBC it was likely to be rarer than the sarin gas thought to have been used during the Syrian civil war and in an attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995.
A witness who saw the pair at the restaurant said Mr Skripal was acting “very strange” and was “very agitated”. The witness said: “He seemed to lose his temper... and he just started screaming at the top of his voice, he wanted his bill and he wanted to go.” Among other developments:
However, Mr Skripal is said to have had meetings with someone who witnesses described as “a well-dressed Englishman” in Salisbury’s Cote Brasserie restaurant, where the pair spoke in English and Russian.
In London, the Telegraph newspaper has linked a spy movie calibre assassination attempt to a secret dossier on the president of the United States, thanks to a consultant who reportedly listed his work for Orbis Business Intelligence on his LinkedIn page.
That consultant—an agent employed by Orbis founder Christopher Steele to gather information—was reportedly in repeated contact with an exiled former Russian intelligence officer, Sergei Skripal, who was poisoned along with his daughter in a brazen public murder attempt on March 4.
originally posted by: OtherSideOfTheCoin
I wonder now that Trump is connected if other members will actually now pay attention to this case....
I must say though despite this, I think I would want a bit more information on his connection to Steel before I polish off my tin foil hat.
originally posted by: xuenchen
Bet this one had some "knowledge" of the fiction sources 🤤
A secretive British army base, which analysed the nerve gas used to poison a Russian ex-spy this weekend, has for years been fuelling conspiracy theories with its pioneering research into chemical and biological weapons. Located near Salisbury, the southwestern English city where Sergei Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter were targeted, Porton Down is Britain's most controversial military facility. The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory -- its official name -- employs 3,000 scientists across a sprawling rural site, and has an annual budget of 500 million pounds (560 million euros, $695 million).
Investigators said they had identified the specific agent, but were not disclosing that information.
The attack had the hallmarks of a well-planned hit with the backing of a powerful organisation aiming to intimidate opponents, not a lone actor, experts said in interviews with Reuters.
Nerve agents have rarely been used outside of warfare
originally posted by: ketsuko
originally posted by: carewemust
a reply to: burntheships
MS-13 are global. That's who Hillary/DNC used to murder Seth Rich.
Nerve gas is a bit subtle for them. They are far more grisly though. MS-13 likes to let everyone know they were there.
Garry Collins began driving Mr Skripal after the Russian moved to Wiltshire in 2011, a year after he was freed by the Kremlin in a spy swap. Mr Collins, 62, said that Mr Skripal had called on Friday asking him to pick up his daughter Yulia, 33, but he could not as he was trapped by the snow. “He said Yulia was arriving on Saturday afternoon
and had planned a two week visit.
Chemical weapons expert Richard Guthrie of the research project CBW Events, which records the use of chemical and biological weapons, said the highly public attack appeared to be "an expression of power" intended to send a message.........
Russia is "obviously a clear candidate," but it is too soon to say who was behind the attack, Guthrie added.
"It's also possible there could be some troublemaker out there who wants to make it look like it was Russia," he said.