Craig Murray & Finian Cunningham on Skripal 'WMD' provocation

Britain's Toxic Agenda for Russian Media
(ARTICLE AT BOTTOM OF THIS EMAIL) 13.03.2018 Finian Cunningham
Relations between Britain and Russia have become so toxic now that anyone 
working with Russian news media is liable to be condemned as a stooge or 
Senior Labour party member John McDonnell, the shadow finance minister, has 
conceded this week that fellow opposition politicians "may be banned from 
appearing on Russian news media" following the furore over allegations that 
Moscow carried out an assassination attempt in Britain last week....

Russian to Judgement
13 Mar, 2018  in Uncategorized by craig
Craig Murray
Historian, Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

The same people who assured you that Saddam Hussein had WMD’s now assure you 
Russian “novochok” nerve agents are being wielded by Vladimir Putin to attack 
people on British soil. As with the Iraqi WMD dossier, it is essential to comb 
the evidence very finely. A vital missing word from Theresa May’s statement 
yesterday was “only”. She did not state that the nerve agent used was 
manufactured ONLY by Russia. She rather stated this group of nerve agents had 
been “developed by” Russia. Antibiotics were first developed by a Scotsman, but 
that is not evidence that all antibiotics are today administered by Scots.

The “novochok” group of nerve agents – a very loose term simply for a 
collection of new nerve agents the Soviet Union were developing fifty years ago 
– will almost certainly have been analysed and reproduced by Porton Down. That 
is entirely what Porton Down is there for. It used to make chemical and 
biological weapons as weapons, and today it still does make them in small 
quantities in order to research defences and antidotes. After the fall of the 
Soviet Union Russian chemists made a lot of information available on these 
nerve agents. And one country which has always manufactured very similar 
persistent nerve agents is Israel. This Foreign Policy magazine (a very 
establishment US publication) article on Israel‘s chemical and biological 
weapon capability is very interesting indeed. I will return to Israel later in 
this article.

Incidentally, novachok is not a specific substance but a class of new nerve 
agents. Sources agree they were designed to be persistent, and of an order of 
magnitude stronger than sarin or VX. That is rather hard to square with the 
fact that thankfully nobody has died and those possibly in contact just have to 
wash their clothes.

>From Putin’s point of view, to assassinate Skripal now seems to have very 
>little motivation. If the Russians have waited eight years to do this, they 
>could have waited until after their World Cup. The Russians have never killed 
>a swapped spy before. Just as diplomats, British and otherwise, are the most 
>ardent upholders of the principle of diplomatic immunity, so security service 
>personnel everywhere are the least likely to wish to destroy a system which 
>can be a key aspect of their own personal security; quite literally spy swaps 
>are their “Get Out of Jail Free” card. You don’t undermine that system – 
>probably terminally – without very good reason.

It is worth noting that the “wicked” Russians gave Skripal a far lighter jail 
sentence than an American equivalent would have received. If a member of US 
Military Intelligence had sold, for cash to the Russians, the names of hundreds 
of US agents and officers operating abroad, the Americans would at the very 
least jail the person for life, and I strongly suspect would execute them. 
Skripal just received a jail sentence of 18 years, which is hard to square with 
the narrative of implacable vindictiveness against him. If the Russians had 
wanted to make an example, that was the time.

It is much more probable that the reason for this assassination attempt refers 
to something recent or current, than to spying twenty years ago. Were I the 
British police, I would inquire very closely into Orbis Intelligence.

There is no doubt that Skripal was feeding secrets to MI6 at the time that 
Christopher Steele was an MI6 officer in Moscow, and at the the time that Pablo 
Miller, another member of Orbis Intelligence, was also an MI6 officer in Russia 
and directly recruiting agents. It is widely reported on the web and in US 
media that it was Miller who first recruited Skripal. My own ex-MI6 sources 
tell me that is not quite true as Skripal was “walk-in”, but that Miller 
certainly was involved in running Skripal for a while. Sadly Pablo Miller’s 
LinkedIn profile has recently been deleted, but it is again widely alleged on 
the web that it showed him as a consultant for Orbis Intelligence and a 
consultant to the FCO and – wait for it – with an address in Salisbury. If 
anyone can recover that Linkedin entry do get in touch, though British 
Government agencies will have been active in the internet scrubbing.

It was of course Christopher Steele and Orbis Intelligence who produced for the 
Clinton camp the sensationalist dossier on Trump links with Russia – including 
the story of Trump paying to be urinated on by Russian prostitutes – that is a 
key part of the “Russiagate” affair gripping the US political classes. The 
extraordinary thing about this is that the Orbis dossier is obvious nonsense 
which anybody with a professional background can completely demolish, as I did 
here. Steele’s motive was, like Skripal’s in selling his secrets, cash pure and 
simple. Steele is a charlatan who knocked up a series of allegations that are 
either wildly improbable, or would need a high level source access he could not 
possibly get in today’s Russia, or both. He told the Democrats what they wish 
to hear and his audience – who had and still have no motivation to look at it 
critically – paid him highly for it.

I do not know for certain that Pablo Miller helped knock together the Steele 
dossier on Trump, but it seems very probable given he also served for MI6 in 
Russia and was working for Orbis. And it seems to me even more probable that 
Sergei Skripal contributed to the Orbis Intelligence dossier on Trump. Steele 
and Miller cannot go into Russia and run sources any more, and never would have 
had access as good as their dossier claims, even in their MI6 days. The dossier 
was knocked up for huge wodges of cash from whatever they could cobble 
together. Who better to lend a little corroborative verisimilitude in these 
circumstances than their old source Skripal?

Skripal was at hand in the UK, and allegedly even close to Miller in Salisbury. 
He could add in the proper acronym for a Russian committee here or the name of 
a Russian official there, to make it seem like Steele was providing hard 
intelligence. Indeed, Skripal’s outdated knowledge might explain some of the 
dossier’s more glaring errors.

But the problem with double agents like Skripal, who give intelligence for 
money, is that they can easily become triple agents and you never know when a 
better offer is going to come along. When Steele produced his dodgy dossier, he 
had no idea it would ever become so prominent and subject to so much scrutiny. 
Steele is fortunate in that the US Establishment is strongly motivated not to 
scrutinise his work closely as their one aim is to “get” Trump. But with the 
stakes very high, having a very loose cannon as one of the dossier’s authors 
might be most inconvenient both for Orbis and for the Clinton camp.

If I was the police, I would look closely at Orbis Intelligence.

To return to Israel. Israel has the nerve agents. Israel has Mossad which is 
extremely skilled at foreign assassinations. Theresa May claimed Russian 
propensity to assassinate abroad as a specific reason to believe Russia did it. 
Well Mossad has an even greater propensity to assassinate abroad. And while I 
am struggling to see a Russian motive for damaging its own international 
reputation so grieviously, Israel has a clear motivation for damaging the 
Russian reputation so grieviously. Russian action in Syria has undermined the 
Israeli position in Syria and Lebanon in a fundamental way, and Israel has 
every motive for damaging Russia’s international position by an attack aiming 
to leave the blame on Russia.

Both the Orbis and Israeli theories are speculations. But they are no more a 
speculation, and no more a conspiracy theory, than the idea that Vladimir Putin 
secretly sent agents to Salisbury to attack Skripal with a secret nerve agent. 
I can see absolutely no reason to believe that is a more valid speculation than 
the others at this point.

I am alarmed by the security, spying and armaments industries’ frenetic efforts 
to stoke Russophobia and heat up the new cold war. I am especially alarmed at 
the stream of cold war warrior “experts” dominating the news cycles. I write as 
someone who believes that agents of the Russian state did assassinate 
Litvinenko, and that the Russian security services carried out at least some of 
the apartment bombings that provided the pretext for the brutal assault on 
Chechnya. I believe the Russian occupation of Crimea and parts of Georgia is 
illegal. On the other hand, in Syria Russia has saved the Middle East from 
domination by a new wave of US and Saudi sponsored extreme jihadists.

The naive view of the world as “goodies” and “baddies”, with our own ruling 
class as the good guys, is for the birds. I witnessed personally in Uzbekistan 
the willingness of the UK and US security services to accept and validate 
intelligence they knew to be false in order to pursue their policy objectives. 
We should be extremely sceptical of their current anti-Russian narrative. There 
are many possible suspects in this attack.

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John Lowe
March 13, 2018 at 19:15
Excellent blog. I have been asking on twitter for the proof. As there is no way 
you can trust WM. The US being quite on this speaks volumes and provides more 
back up to your questioning Isralie involvement

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Resident Dissident
March 13, 2018 at 19:20
Well they are quiet now Trump has sacked Tillerson on Twitter, after Tillerson 
supported the UK.

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Thomas Mellman
March 13, 2018 at 19:18
You said in “The Steele Dossier or the Hitler Diaries Mark II” that Trump’s 
lawyer Cohen has produced his passport to show he was not in Praq. The Czech 
Republic is a member of the Schengen agreement – no passport check is made or 
passport stamped. If he was in Europe at the time in question, it would be 
disingenuous to suggest that a passport was proof any anything.

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craig Post author
March 13, 2018 at 20:18
He is an american. It would have been stamped as he entered the Schengen area.

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Bob Apposite
March 13, 2018 at 20:36
The guy who used a shell company and pseudonyms to pay off Stormy Daniels?

Yeah, he’d never do anything deceptive.

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March 13, 2018 at 19:22
Question. Why does the UK hold supplies of nerve gas? Does Ireland,Iceland, 
Denmark, Norway Sweden etc. hold supplies too?

But then I do recall the UK poisoning an island in Scotland with anthrax, 
why?And then was there something mentioned recently of the UK trying out 
mustard gas on darker skins? And I met an ex-soldier who attended the nuclear 
explosion at Christmas Island, “put on these sunglasses lads to shield you from 
the brightness”.

Theresa May’s precious United Kingdom.

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Thomas Mellman
March 13, 2018 at 19:23
You said in “The Steele Dossier or the Hitler Diaries Mark II” that Trump’s 
lawyer Cohen has produced his passport to show he was not in Praq. The Czech 
Republic is a member of the Schengen agreement – no European passport check is 
made or passport stamped. If he was in Europe at the time in question, it would 
be disingenuous to suggest that a passport was proof any anything.

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March 13, 2018 at 20:19
He is a US citizen.
The US is not a member of the Schengen Agreement, thus his passport would be 
stamped if he crossed the Czech Republic border.
No stamp – no border crossing of a Schengen Agreement country, period.

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Helen Watson
March 13, 2018 at 19:34
Very informative and interesting article. Thank you. Let’s hope many people 
read it.

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March 13, 2018 at 19:40
“The “novochok” group of nerve agents – a very loose term simply for a 
collection of new nerve agents the Soviet Union were developing fifty years ago 
– will almost certainly have been analysed and reproduced by Porton Down.”

It certainly was. Not just analysed, but also re-produced in at least two 
A ex-Soviet scientist in charge of development of the “Novichok” group of 
agents was arrested and tried for (surprise, surprise) treason in Russia in 
1992, he sold formulas (and related technical documentation) of the “Novichok” 
group of agent and other secret chemical agents to “foreign intelligent 
services” (guess who), but was later released from prison and “relocated” to 
the US where he is currently living. He is actively involved in a Russian 
political anti-government movement (again, what a surprise) “Putin Must Go”.
Please meet Vil Mirzayanov, the man who sold Novichok to the West.
>From Russia with gas, so to speak.

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March 13, 2018 at 20:01
And by the way, speaking of something that the author could be familiar with:

“The United States and Uzbekistan have quietly negotiated and are expected to 
sign a bilateral agreement today to provide American aid in dismantling and 
decontaminating one of the former Soviet Union’s largest chemical weapons 
testing facilities, according to Defense Department and Uzbek officials.

Earlier this year, the Pentagon informed Congress that it intends to spend up 
to $6 million under its Cooperative Threat Reduction program to demilitarize 
the so-called Chemical Research Institute, in Nukus, Uzbekistan. Soviet 
defectors and American officials say the Nukus plant was the major research and 
testing site for a new class of secret, highly lethal chemical weapons called 
”Novichok,” which in Russian means ”new guy.”” – NYT, 1999

Would that be hard to believe that they got a complete technical documentation 
and plenty of Novichok “sample material” from that facility (?)

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Terence A Dunn
March 13, 2018 at 19:45
I have seen at first hand , the false attacks that a Government , even of good 
reputation , are capable of carrying out , ergo an attack by Israeli or British 
Secret Services is well within credibility !

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John Goss
March 13, 2018 at 19:52
Apologies if this blog article by a Salisbury man has appeared before. It is 
more sensible than anything from Westminster.

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March 13, 2018 at 20:15
Perhaps the Maybot is in such a mess that she considers this a good opportunity 
for a virtual Falklands moment – she seems to have copied Thatcher in every 
other way from the pearl necklace onwards, so why not solve her problems with a 
bit of ‘Empire Strikes Back’.
Too many other synchronicities and possible conspiracy theories suggest 
themselves: mine would be that Skripal, having failed to retire (as swapped 
double agents are expected to do) and worked again for MI6, would still be 
‘dispensable’ as a useful stooge and therefore a perfect person to bump off and 
pin on the Russians as revenge; given also the extreme media language coming 
from all quarters, never mind the bile coming from Bojo and May’s new defence 
minister, then it would be equally useful to bump off the daughter too to show 
what ‘nasties’ the Russians really are. All would be good populist media fodder 
ripe for the Right who want their empire back.

The fact the victims haven’t died, and the rather odd reports concerning the 
one and only police officer contaminated, could also be tied in with Porton 
Down being only a few miles away, where, as Craig indirectly implies, they 
might even have the antidote! : give the victims all a small amount to keep 
them alive but not talking, then bide your time for maximum media effect and 
when the ‘virtual Falklands’ victory over Russia (threatened cyber-warfare?) 
occurs, miraculously save the girl and then the father; our gallant security 
services could then not even be accused of sacrificing their own agents in the 
name of the ‘greater good’. It would be perfect to see Le Carré write the 
fictional version, since it all fits so neatly with the scenarios of global 
security services he usually portrays.

So please have a go and write your own conspiracy theories – the government’s 
portrayal is so improbable, you could invent more coherent theories by the 
thousand … but in reality the Russians are the least likely ones to have done 
this, and I would go with Craig’s Mossad speculation which fits all the 
geopolitical circumstances of the current situation: especially when May and 
‘Ben Nitay’ are both in such a tight corner right now and can’t find any other 
way out, other than bellicose posturing to divert people’s attention …

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March 13, 2018 at 20:41
I dearly hope that all three victims of the Salisbury attack make a full 
recovery, but I fear that what will happen is that their deaths, one by one, 
will be announced at what for the British rulers are the most opportune 
moments. They are cards that can be played.

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John Huber
March 13, 2018 at 20:23
Thank you for your insightful blog. Whether one believes the Crimea referendum 
to join Russia is legitimate or not, I think most would agree that the USA 
backed revolutionaries are Russian hating neo-nazis. They would make life 
absolutely miserable for the predominately ethnic Russian population living in 
Crimea. By joining Russia, Crimea’s human rights have a much better chance of 
being protected. I find the Western mainstream media hypocritical in accepting 
a violent overthrow of a democratically elected government and at the same time 
rejecting the will of the majority in a publicly held referendum.

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Jacqueline Ann Russell
March 13, 2018 at 20:34
Thank you for this enlightenment.I find it hard to get a balance of opinion.I 
feel there is much more to the nerve agent attack than we know yet or will 
,indeed ever be made party to.I’m not sure where the extreme anti Russia 
rhetoric will lead us to ; don’t see the angle yet!

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March 13, 2018 at 20:34
If Britain, i.e. the British state, cyberattacks Russia, and admits what it’s 
doing, I do not see how the two states can maintain ambassadorial relations. 
Cyberspace is the fifth domain of warfare. This is so even, as is extremely 
likely, Britain’s attack fizzles out without achieving its military objective.

And all because the fuckers in MI6 recruited some fucker from the GRU?

And then he got caught. Then they swapped him, and housed him in a British army 
town – but they still couldn’t protect him. That’s two total fuckups. Something 
went wrong on the playing fields of Marlborough, did it, Alex Younger? Or was 
it in the snotnosed Scots Guards? Because your organisation haven’t half been 
made to look a bunch of incompetent dickheads.

What would Britain attack? Government networks? Hospitals? Banks? Television 
stations? Internet services? Airports? Road transport systems? Water systems? 
Are they going to spread satirical images depicting Putin wearing a dress? Or 
looking like a Tsar? And they’re going to do that around the time of an 
election when Putin is about to gain, or has just gained, more than 60% of the 
voteshare against opponents who have each won less than 10%?

The British objective is what?

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Mark Cato
March 13, 2018 at 20:48
Thank You.
I too am struggling to understand why Russia would do this a this time. There 
is absolutely no apparent reason and hotting up the cold war makes no sense for 
The only possible reason, I speculate, is that there may be potential double 
agents within the Russian security services and this was a warning to them. 
However to use a nerve agent that had such risks to the wider population and 
the effect, if their guilt was proved, that this would have on diplomatic 
issues around the world where Russia is active is a price far higher than the 
‘warning’ is worth paying. Putin may have questionable policies and play by his 
own rules, but he is not a fool by any stretch of the imagination.
Assassinations have always been part of the spy game, though not as much as spy 
fiction would have us believe, but they are usually much more covert than this 
very public event.
Another question that this raises is what benefit does it have to Russia 
‘games’ in international politics? IF Russia is meddling as much as it is 
claimed in the politics of Western countries why would they carry out an action 
that would strengthen the RW and anti-Russian party in Britain. Why, and they 
would know this, do something that would draw a response ( a very measured and 
sensible one) from Corbyn that will allow the anti-Corbyn press to play the 
“can’t be trusted with our National Security” because he does not talk 
aggressively. Why would Russia want to jeopardise the possibility of having 
someone who does understand real diplomacy and negotiation as opposed to the 
Tories hot air and ‘righteous’ indignation, that solves nothing and creates 
bigger problems? Again, the benefits (if any) of eliminating a spy who is no 
longer active at the real risk of raising the temperature in the Cold War makes 
no sense.
In all things the question has to start with who benefits the most. If there is 
no palpable benefit to Putin then the only reason he would be guilty is if he 
was ‘mad’ – which he is not.

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March 13, 2018 at 21:05
Hey British people: Do you know that Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria 
Zakharova has stated that the Skripal poisoning was not an incident but a 
“colossal international provocation”

With reference to the British ultimatum she said “one does not give 24 hours 
notice to a nuclear power”

But you have done just that – and you can bet that the Russians are locked and 
loaded. So it is time for you to shut your mouths and concentrate on things 
that you are actually allowed to do – like arrest and subsequently deport 25 
year old American women who express views that you do not like.

Britain's Toxic Agenda for Russian Media
 13.03.2018 Finian Cunningham
Relations between Britain and Russia have become so toxic now that anyone 
working with Russian news media is liable to be condemned as a stooge or 
Senior Labour party member John McDonnell, the shadow finance minister, has 
conceded this week that fellow opposition politicians "may be banned from 
appearing on Russian news media" following the furore over allegations that 
Moscow carried out an assassination attempt in Britain last week.

READ MORE: Moscow Urges UK to Probe Ex-'Spy' Skripal's Case Before Blaming 
Russia — Reports

Other reports have called on Britain's state media regulator, Ofcom, to cancel 
the broadcast license for Russian government-owned news outlet RT. That move is 
being touted as "appropriate retaliation" for Moscow's alleged involvement in 
the apparent poison attack on Sergei Skripal and his adult daughter.

The pair have been hospitalized following an incident in their adopted home 
town of Salisbury on March 4, in which it appears they were exposed to a lethal 
nerve agent. Disgraced Russian agent Sergei Skripal had been living in the 
southern England town for the past eight years following his exile to Britain 
in 2010 as part of a spy exchange.

After much fevered speculation in British media, the Conservative Prime 
Minister Theresa May followed up this week by telling lawmakers in the House of 
Commons that "it was highly likely Russia was responsible".

Officials in protective suits check their equipment before repositioning the 
forensic tent, covering the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia 
were found, in the centre of Salisbury, Britain, March 8, 2018
Russia Destroyed Stocks of Nerve Agent UK Claimed Was Used to Kill Ex-Spy - 
The main incriminating factor cited is that the poisonous substance has been 
supposedly identified by British authorities as "novichok" — a Soviet-made 
nerve agent, similar to VX and other weaponized organophosphate compounds.
Moscow has categorically denied any involvement in the apparent murder bid on 
the Skripals. Russia's Foreign Ministry has derided May's parliamentary address 
as "a circus show".

Let's back up a moment. May's claims of "highly likely" are eerily reminiscent 
of American and British "high confidence" about weapons of mass destruction 
allegedly in Iraq and Syria; or American and British "high confidence" about 
alleged Russian meddling in elections. It seems to be always a case of 
assertion-without-evidence which is either eventually disproven, as with WMDs 
in Iraq, or reliant on endless repetition by dutiful news media.

READ MORE: Lavrov: UK Rejects Russia's Demand on Granting Access to Skripal 
Case Docs

As for the British prime minister's supposed "smoking syringe" implicating 
Moscow because of an alleged Soviet military-grade nerve agent "novichok", that 
depends on the word of British military intelligence. How do we know novichok 
was actually used? It could have been any number of highly-toxic related 
organophosphate chemicals.

Even if novichok was deployed to injure the Skripals that is far from proof of 
any Russian connection. We can be sure Britain and other Western states have 
also developed their own stocks of novichok. How easy it would be to use the 
chemical as an apparent fingerprint framing the Kremlin, in the same way that 
the CIA and NSA can leave digital fingerprints framing enemies for seeming 

Police officers stand outside the house of former Russian double agent Sergei 
Skripal who was found critically ill Sunday following exposure to an unknown 
substance in Salisbury, England, Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Putin on Skripal Case: UK Should Sort It Out Itself, Then We Will Talk
The official British position implicating Russia over the Salisbury poisoning 
is tenuous, to say the least. But what is astounding is how the British are 
toxifying relations with Russia based on no objective evidence.
When Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn stood up in parliament this week to reply to 
Theresa May's speech, he was roundly vilified by Tory lawmakers and sections of 
the British media because he did not "condemn" Russia over the Salisbury 

This is the toxic war-like climate that has been engendered in Britain owing to 
relentless Russophobia whipped up by politicians and lynch-mob media mentality.

Russia is found "guilty" without any facts, based upon a ludicrous theory of 
revenge against a has-been spy who had been living undisturbed in England for 
eight years. We are expected to believe that Moscow would order his 
assassination with an identifiable Soviet-era chemical weapon on the eve of its 
own presidential elections.

What's much more plausible is that the British authorities staged the event as 
a propaganda stunt to frame and further demonize Russia. Theresa May probably 
hasn't a clue that she is being manipulated by her own secret services, as are 
other British politicians media.

Police officers stand outside a pub near to where former Russian inteligence 
officer Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious after 
they had been exposed to an unknown substance, in Salisbury, Britain, March 7, 
The Skripal Mystery - Supposition Masquerading as Fact
May claims that the latest incident comes "against a backdrop of 
well-established Russian state aggression". One could far more reasonably argue 
"a backdrop of British and Western Russophobia".
There are many possible reasons for why British state forces would want to 
polarize international relations even more than they already are with Russia.

Notably, the poisoning incident has led to calls for greater military build-up 
by NATO forces on Russia's borders. That's an obvious win for the British 
military-industrial complex.

Another factor is that Britain seems to be using the latest debacle as a way to 
further damage European relations with Russia, demanding that Germany and 
France show "solidarity" by condemning Moscow. This could be related to 
European energy geopolitics in which London and Washington have a shared 
interest in sabotaging the soon-to-be-completed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from 
Russia to Europe.

READ MORE: UK Media Manipulates Facts Calling Skripal 'Russian Agent' — Russian 

But one other tangible outcome is the way that Russian news media are being 
targeted with even more venom. On the back of sensational claims that Russia 
"carried out a brazen attempt to murder innocent civilians on our soil", the 
climate is now conducive to censoring "Kremlin-backed news organizations" like 
RT and Sputnik.

Police officers stand guard outside the home of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, 
Britain, March 8, 2018
UK Media Manipulates Facts Calling Skripal 'Russian Agent' - Russian Embassy
As mentioned above, senior Labour figures like John McDonnell, who is normally 
strongly independent-minded, are obligingly calling for fellow members of their 
party to stop appearing on RT.
This Orwellian-like Russophobia is creating a situation in which anyone working 
with Russian news media is prone to be labeled traitorous. Former British 
politicians like George Galloway and Alex Salmond who have gone on to host 
programs for RT will, we can be sure, be subjected to intense pressure to quit.

A sign of how hysterical the Russophobia has become is a call this week in 
British media for Manchester United manager José Mourinho to renege on his 
recent deal with RT as a football pundit during this summer's World Cup 

The same intimidatory atmosphere applies to all public figures and journalists 
who associate with Russian news media. It's a global witch-hunt orchestrated to 
silence dissenting views. Working with Russian news media is now tantamount to 
taking a poison pill.

Russian channels like RT and Sputnik have brought a refreshingly critical 
perspective to many international events.

READ MORE: Russian Senator Exposes Double Standard as 'EU Media More Engaged in 

When American, British and other European politicians decry "Russian meddling 
in elections" what they are really vexed about is the Russian news media 
performing a legitimate and laudable function of properly informing the public. 
Denigrating Russian media as "Kremlin-sponsored influence campaigns" is a 
desperate attempt by Western states to shut down critical voices.

The poisoning incident of Sergei Skripal and his daughter is conveniently 
having a broadside toxic impact on relations with Russia for any number of 
ulterior objectives for the British authorities.

One objective that seems to be clearly emerging is the way in which the 
Russophobia is being used to incriminate Russian news media and anyone who 
might associate with them. That's partly a reflection of how successful Russian 
news media have become in exposing Western governments' crimes.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author 
and do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.

Please consider seriously the reason why these elite institutions are not 
discussed in the mainstream press despite the immense financial and political 
power they wield? 
There are sick and evil occultists running the Western World. They are power 
mad lunatics like something from a kids cartoon with their fingers on the 
nuclear button! Armageddon is closer than you thought. Only God can save our 
souls from their clutches, at least that's my considered opinion - Tony

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