When a man tells you he knows the exact truth about anything, you may
safely infer he is an inexact man - Bertrand Russell
How credible is it when Ben Wallace, Security Minister, says WE KNOW
that NO OTHER COUNTRY had these agents (Novichoks).
Intelligence may lead us to believe that a country had certain
weapons, may even, in some circumstances prove their existence, but
how can you be sure that countries do NOT have something?
Well fact checking / researching to write the next part of this email
turned up an article that Iran had synthesized a number of Novichok
type agents AND reported this to OPCW (so long as the production and
research is for the development of defensive countermeasures this is
all allowed. The work was partly undertaken by scientists at Defense
Chemical Research Lab (DCRL), , Karaj, Iran. The UK was therefore
aware that other countries had synthesized Novichoks in the kind of
quantities needed for poisoning as opposed to use as WMD.
Questions also remain as to why the Skirpals are still alive as a
state applying its resources to this with a program of testing would
surely have been able to guarantee the outcome.
Why would a state reveal, to what would be sure to be world
condemnation, a highly secretive programme for the sake of a washed up old spy?
Malala Yousafzai , the Nobel laureate who also survived an
assassination attempt, was not given a new identity, even for the
balance of her childhood. According to the UK media / govt. Yulia
Skirpal was not the intended target. Why does she need to be hidden
and why can she not be visited by her relative from Russia with whom
she seemed close, and who _she_ chose to contact?
https://www.craigmurray.org.uk remains interesting (despite the fact
that I suspect I disagree profoundly with his underlying
politics). The failure to show his interview by Kay Burley given so
much boring garbage on her broadcast has all the hallmarks of the
worst kind of censorship (rather like the lack of and distorted news
reporting of Victor Orban's victory in Hungary which gave his
government more than 2/3 of the seats in an historically high turnout).
What is or was the role of France in the investigation of the events
in Salisbury? Why has the media not enquired or publicized anything
about this? Is French involvement, in part responsible for the de
facto (though not de jure) presumption of guilt, a feature of the
IF a party is innocent how can anyone use the fact that they can't
explain how a crime was committed to find them guilty?
The smell is getting worse.
One para from my last email I'll repeat.
Amongst states with potential motives North Korea and Iran
immediately come to mind. Both have advanced scientific
facilities. North Korea is the ONLY state known to have used a nerve
agent internationally ever and while they killed their target it
seems to have been done in a very amateurish way using
intermediaries. It's not clear why neither the politicians nor the
media have mentioned this when considering "patterns of
behaviour". In any case we know that North Korea clearly has nerve
agents while Iran is believed to have conducted research on nerve
agents and will likely have anything that Kuntsevich or others ever
passed to Syria.
As before ... just for the record.