An important development in the Russian spy poisoning case, Britain has admitted they can’t trace the nerve agent back to Russia. The Washington Post reports…
LONDON — Scientists at Britain’s top military laboratory said Tuesday that they cannot yet prove that the nerve agent used to poison a former Russian double agent and his daughter in southern England came from Russia.
Gary Aitkenhead, chief executive of the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, told Sky News that researchers were able to identify the substance used in the attack against Sergei and Yulia Skripal as a military-grade nerve agent known as Novichok, a class of chemical weapons developed by the former Soviet Union and Russia.
But Aitkenhead said the British investigators have not been able to say where the deadly agent was manufactured. “We have not identified the precise source,” he said.
…Jacinda’s decision not to jump on the bandwagon is starting to look far wiser than pundits had originally mocked.
This entire event looks murkier and murkier.
It turns out that Skripal was recruited as an agent for MI6 by Pablo Miller. Miller’s MI6 controller at this time was Christopher Steele. Steele was the author of the dodgy dossier that targeted Trump based on his Russian activities.
This dossier, while highly criticised as worthless hearsay, is forming the part of the current case against Trump by Mueller.
According to a friend however, Skripal had asked to return to Russia, so if Steele had built his dossier on false information that information may have come to him via Miller who was Skripal’s handler.
If the information was false, Skripal could attest to that, undermining Mueller’s case.
Then again, if Skripal had been the source, the Russians most certainly would want him killed.
There are enormous interests behind all of this and it is not clear who is manipulating who. Until we know that, getting sucked into a geopolitical vortex is the last thing we should do.