UPDATED with additional links. Bellingcat today released the second part of their investigation into the alleged real identities of Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, the two Russians accused of attempting to murder Sergey Skripal. We offer some preliminary thoughts and open the subject up for discussion
What is going on with the Skripal poisoning narrative?
Anyone who thinks they have a definitive answer at this point had better pause and reflect. Very little of anything is clear and nothing makes much sense.
The official UK story (except not really official since the government has been careful to keep its distance and its wiggle room on the details) was initially, and remains, contradictory, factually implausible and bereft of corroboration on most important details.
Almost all of the initial questions and areas of puzzlement remain unanswered and unresolved at this time. We still have no explanation for any of the following:
- Why Russia would want to murder Skripal at all let alone by use of something as exotic and untested as this still poorly defined substance known as Novichok. And why they apparently would do so at a time that dovetailed perfectly with UK/US plans in Syria, including a possible false flag chemical attack in Douma as a justification for a full-scale NATO attack on Damascus
- How the UK authorities were able to be so certain so quickly of Russian state involvement or of the source of the alleged Novichok used.
- What form the alleged nerve agent was in; was it gel (on the door knob) powder/aerosol (in Skripals car a/c system) or liquid (in a perfume bottle)?
- How, when or where the poison was allegedly administered.
- How the allegedly super-deadly nerve agent (supposedly many times more deadly than VX) did not kill either of the primary targets, or any of the secondary targets, save for the woman who allegedly literally sprayed it on her own skin.
- Where the two Skripals and DS Bailey are and why they either cant or wont speak to the press or appear in public. While fear (either of their protectors or of Russian reprisals) may be a possible reason in the case of the Skripals, its hard to see why this would apply to Bailey.
- Why the timing of the alleged poisoning does not fit with the itinerary of the two alleged suspects in the case, who did not arrive in Salisbury until several hours after the nerve agent was allegedly applied to the door handle (if indeed this is the one of many versions we are supposed to assume is true).