Irrefutable evidence that the British government has been lying outright to Parliament, to the EU, to NATO, to the United Nations, and above all to their own people, about their degree of certainty of the alleged chemical attack on their soil, has come from their own High Court.
While some EU countries are considering the option to recall their diplomats from Russia or expel Russian diplomats due to the incident with British spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter allegedly poisoned in Salisbury, sworn Court evidence directly obtained from Porton Down is strictly incompatible with what the British government has been saying.
Scientists at Porton Down, the site of the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), have not yet positively identified the alleged nerve agent as a “Novichok”, as opposed to “a closely related agent”.
16. The evidence in support of the application is contained within the applications themselves (in particular the Forms COP 3) and the witness statements.
17. I consider the following to be the relevant parts of the evidence. I shall identify the witnesses only by their role and shall summarise the essential elements of their evidence.
i) CC: Porton Down Chemical and Biological Analyst
Blood samples from Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal were analysed and the findings indicated exposure to a nerve agent or related compound. The samples tested positive for the presence of a Novichok class nerve agent or closely related agent.
And even if it were a “Novichok”, that would not prove manufacture in Russia. Moreover, a “closely related agent” could be manufactured by literally scores of state and non-state actors.
The evidence indicates that in fact it may not have been such a nerve agent as is being alleged, much less in the Novichok class of fluorophosphates. That fits with the Salisbury Hospital emergency room doctor’s letter to The Times on March 16, in which he stated that exactly three people have been treated there, all for poisoning, with none of the three patients receiving antidotes for nerve gases.
The attending physician went on to say no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury.
March 16 2018
Sir, Further to your report (“Poison exposure leaves almost 40 needing treatment”, Mar 14), may I clarify that no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury and there have only ever been three patients with significant poisoning. Several people have attended the emergency department concerned that they may have been exposed. None has had symptoms of poisoning and none has needed treatment. Any blood tests performed have shown no abnormality. No member of the public has been contaminated by the agent involved.
Consultant in emergency medicine, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Despite the clear evidence that British Prime Minister is lying, some EU member states are considering the possibility of recalling national diplomats and/or expelling Russian ones, a European source told Russian news agency TASS on the sidelines of the EU Council in Brussels on Friday.
According to the diplomat, the countries include Poland, France and the three Baltic states. The EU has meanwhile decided to recall Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer for consultations, the source added.
On March 12, British Prime Minister Theresa May said it was “highly likely” that Russia was responsible for the attack on the Skripals and went on to accuse Russia of “an unlawful use of force” against her country.
Both British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson and Theresa May have directly lied – May actually lied to the House of Commons. By parliamentary convention, a minister who has lied to the House should resign, as John Profumo did in 1963.
A new article in the New Scientists confirmed the claims by various Russian scientists that the “Novichok” agents may have been produced elsewhere:
Weapons experts have told New Scientist that a number of countries legally created small amounts of Novichok after it was revealed in 1992 and a production method was later published.
In an interview with Deutsche Welle Johnson admitted that Porton Down had “Novichok” agents when the incident in Salisbury happened: “They do [have samples of ‘Novichok’]. And they were absolutely categorical and I asked the guy myself, I said, ‘Are you sure?’ And he said there’s no doubt.”
It took more than two weeks after the incident for the British government to invite the OPCW to take part in the investigation of the case. The head of the OPCW says it will take another three weeks for the organisation to analyze the samples the British laboratory now handed over.
The British police maintain that they would require several months to find out what happened to the Skripals.
The British government, however, was sure of “Russian” involvement within a week.
Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, the police officer exposed to the unknown substance in the Salisbury attack, has been discharged from hospital. Bailey told The Independent that the experience had been ”completely surreal” and that “life would never be the same again”.
A chief executive of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, on Thursday said the Skripals remain in hospital in a critical but stable condition.
Earlier, the court was told the Skripals may have suffered life-long brain damage as a result of the substance they ingested.
“The precise effect of their exposure on their long term health remains unclear but medical tests indicate that their mental capacity might be compromised to an unknown and so far unascertained degree,” the judge noted. The pair remain in intensive care under heavy sedation.
A consultant treating them said Skripal was unable to communicate in any way, and his daughter was unable to communicate in any “meaningful way”.
Skripal had links to the authors of the infamous Steele dossier, a smear job paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign against Donald Trump. The attack may have been a way to prevent Skripal from spilling the beans on Hillary.
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