“In absence of evidence, we definitely need Poirot in Salisbury!”
Russian Embassy in London — March 18 2018
“We actually have evidence within the last 10 years that Russia has not only been investigating the delivery of nerve agents for the purposes of assassination, but has also been creating and stockpiling Novichok.”
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
“Before we set off on Cold War II with Russia — leading perhaps to the shooting war we avoided in Cold War I — let’s try to get this one right.”
Pat Buchanan — Former senior advisor to U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson now claims that Russia has been stockpiling the nerve agent used in the attack on an ex-spy and his daughter for a decade. Johnson believes that Russian president Vladimir Putin directly ordered this assassination. Pat Buchanan — a former senior advisor to U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan — argues that this allegation is pure nonsense. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
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Prime Minister Theresa May has said that it is “highly likely” that Russia is “culpable” for the attack. How certain is that?
Experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) whave arrived in the UK on Monday (March 19 2018) to test samples of the chemical.
The results are expected to take a “minimum of two weeks”, the Foreign Office said.
Did Putin Order the Salisbury Hit?
Well, Hercule Poirot — the great Belgian detective — is unfortunately not available for investigating this case. However, Pat Buchanan — a former senior advisor to U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan — just wrote a very thoughtful piece.
Pat Buchanan argues — very correctly in my opinion — that Vladimir Putin is a rational politician and only a fool would have ordered this assassination. Here is an extract from his last op-ed.
“Why Russia is the prime suspect is understandable. Novichok was created by Russia’s military decades ago, and Skripal, a former Russian intel officer, betrayed Russian spies to MI6.
But what is missing here is the Kremlin’s motive for the crime.
Skripal was convicted of betraying Russian spies in 2006. He spent four years in prison and was exchanged in 2010 for Russian spies in the U.S. If Putin wanted Skripal dead as an example to all potential traitors, why didn’t he execute him while he was in Kremlin custody?
Why wait until eight years after Skripal had been sent to England?
Putin is no fool. A veteran intelligence agent, he knows that no rival intel agency such as the CIA or MI6 would trade spies with Russia if the Kremlin were to go about killing them after they have been traded.
“Who benefits” from this criminal atrocity? In this case, not Russia, not the Kremlin, not Putin.
Who, then, are the beneficiaries of this atrocity?
Is it not the coalition — principally in our own capital city — that bears an endemic hostility to Russia and envisions America’s future role as a continuance of its Cold War role of containing and corralling Russia until we can achieve regime change in Moscow?”
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