Skip to Content

Stock photo from Pexels

Porton Down unable to link ‘novichok’ to Russia

The head of the British laboratory of Porton Down, Gary Aitkenhead, said that scientists were unable to determine whether the country of origin of the nerve agent used to poison the Skripals, is Russia.

Published: April 4, 2018, 8:30 am

    Read more

    London

    The Chief Scientist of the site of the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) – known for over 100 years as one of the UK’s most secretive installations, gave a press interview on Sky News on the Skripal affair.

    He insisted that, while the experts had identified the agent as A-234, they had “not identified the precise source” of the “novichok”.

    This was reported against the backdrop of Teresa May’s diplomatic war with Russia. May has said that it was “highly likely” that Russia was responsible. Her remarks prompted the US State Department to claim “there is no other possible explanation”.

    Aitkenhead stressed that “we could not define its exact source, but we provided scientific information on the agent to the government, who then used a number of other sources to draw conclusions”.

    The poisoning of the Skripals occurred on March 4, 2018 in the British city of Salisbury. London accused Moscow of attacking the state and sent 23 Russian diplomats packing. The UK example of expelling Russian diplomats, was followed by members of NATO countries with the exception of Austria.

    The US kicked out no less than 60 Russian diplomats. Russia has denied the accusations and mirrored the expulsion of foreign diplomats.

    It is still not known how long the “novichok” poison would take from contact to show an effect. According to British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson “novichocks” are “ten times more powerful” than other agents.

    If it really was an extreme military grade nerve agent, it seems to have been comparatively ineffective.

    Earlier, Johnson had told Germany’s state broadcaster that scientists from the Porton Down laboratory were “categorical” about the Russian origin of the substance used in the alleged nerve attack.

    Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s biographer, Alex Nunns called out Johnson for spreading lies and said: “Surely this is a resignation issue for Johnson, as the UK’s chief diplomat, on a matter so serious.”

    According to a former British ambassador, Craig Murray, another Porton Down scientist, Dr David Kelly, told the truth to a journalist about the non-existant WMD’s in Iraq “and met an extremely suspicious death as a result”.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    House of pro-Macron official targeted by Yellow Vests

    The home and car of a pro-Macron elected official from Charente were enveloped by Yellow Vest protesters in quite an unusual way.

    Salvini demands extradition of leftist terrorists from France

    RomeMatteo Salivini, Italy's interior minister, said he would meet with French President Emmanuel Macron to demand the extradition of left-wing activists in order to "bring those murderers back to Italy".

    Crash of print media in Germany continues

    The crash of print media in Germany continues. More than 80 percent of major titles lost buyers in the fourth quarter of 2018. Top titles lost readers in the double-digit percentage range. 

    ‘Soros is practically dictating Brussels’ migration policy’

    Brussels“The European Parliament’s fresh decision to increase funding for ‘Soros groups’ once again makes it clear that George Soros is practically dictating Brussels’ migration policy,” ruling Fidesz’s communications chief said on Thursday.

    Merkel’s union open to gender quotas in Bundestag

    BerlinMerkel's party is now aiming to increase gender quotas. Their blind spot to leftist violence has not changed however.

    German secret service moves against AfD

    BerlinThe Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution - as the secret service is called in Germany - has classified the AfD as a so-called "suspect case".

    Le Pen’s RN abandons Frexit as AfD gets ready to embrace Dexit

    The head of the list for Marine Le Pen's party in the European elections, Jordan Bardella, ruled out the notion of a Frexit, suggesting that perhaps it was no longer so desirable in an "evolving" Europe.

    Marine Le Pen launches her campaign for the European election

    ParisOn Sunday, Marine Le Pen launched her campaign for the May 26 European Parliament election with an appeal to the Yellow Vest movement in a bid to pressure beleaguered President Emmanuel Macron. She said: ”The battle is now between nationalists and globalists.”

    Act IX: Yellow Vests numbers on the rise

    ParisYellow Vest mobilization is on the rise, with 84 000 demonstrators counted by the Ministry of the Interior this weekend in Act IX of the French movement. Many clashes between protesters and law enforcement broke out, and more than a hundred arrests took place in Paris.

    Germany aims at UN Security Council seat

    New YorkThe new friendship agreement between Germany and France will, according to a statement of the German Federal Government, contain a point confirming the support of the idea of ​​a permanent seat for Germany in the UN Security Council.

    Go to archive