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In response to #Novichok use in #UK, fresh sanctions are reportedly to be imposed on #Russia by US.
Confirmed now by @StateDept.
New US sanctions on #Russia for #Novichok attack to go into effect ~Aug. 22.
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There must think we're all stupid
#Amesbury poisoning victim & drug addict Charlie Rowley looks remarkable well after being in a coma for weeks.
Why would anyone go to the trouble of putting "#Novichok" in a bottle inside a brand name sealed perfume box?…
So if the perfume bottle was in "a sealed box in a cellophane wrapper" it couldn't have been the source of whatever poisoned the #Skripal's.
Why would poisoners bother to carry 2 sources of poison?
Why would the poisoners travel to QE Park to dump it?
As @MrMalky pointed out:-
Why does Charlie Rowley look like he's just been for a 2 week holiday in the Med with a lovely suntan and not gaunt & white like he'd be after suffering a near death experience with 3 weeks in a coma in an ICU?
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It occurs to me the questions I'd have asked at the #HelsinkiSummit press conference were:
Mr. #Trump, you were just in the UK where PM May pressed the issue of #Novichok poisoning of 5 ppl on her soil, 1 Brit citizen having died. She & EU are clear: #Russia did this. [MORE]
[CONT2] And just weeks ago the Dutch govt released its final report saying w/out a doubt the #Russian military shot down MH17 over Crimea in 2014, killing all on board, mostly Dutch citizens. So 2 questions. First, Mr. Trump, do you agree with your close [MORE]
[CONT3] allies, the UK & Netherlands, that these two acts of heinous murder were committed by elements working for or in the Russian government? And 2nd, Mr. Putin, what on behalf of the Russian people do you have to say to the British & Dutch people regarding these incidents?
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BREAK - @metpoliceuk announce that they believe a "small bottle" found on Wednesday was the source of #novichok that killed a British citizen and left a second critically ill in hospital #Skripal #Salisbury
The small bottle was found during search of Charlie Rowley's house in #Amesbury. Scientists at Porton Down ran tests to confirm a substance it contained is #novichok. Further tests will be conducted to establish whether this is the same batch as was used against the #Skripals
Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Head of UK Counter Terrorism Policing, said: “This is clearly a significant and positive development."
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#Breaking: Trump says interview in @TheSun is fake news and White House has tapes made on "recording machine" to prove it.
Standing next to "Theresa," Trump claims US & Britain both want excellent relations with Russia, makes no mention of #Novichok
Trump on immigrants in Europe: They should watch themselves, they are changing culture, look at what is happening to countries that never had problems... We have laws so bad I don't even call them laws... The craziest thing anyone has ever seen.
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1. Novichok 2.0 is the 'Part Deux' to the #Skripal saga with the latest aspect to the Salisbury Incident with an #Amesbury spin-off if it was just a load of 'Cock & Bull'...

Don't be confused by all the conspiracy theorists...
there is after all a strategym involved!
2. Salisbury is just a stones throw away from Porton Down - so is not an unreasonable setting for a fancy 'Nerve Agent Espionage Tale' to unravel, if one chooses to focus on this business surrounding #Novichok but one will ultimately miss the substance to what is going on...
3. The fact that any deployment of a Nerve Agent such as a #Novichok is the first time that a #ChemicalWeapon to have been deployed on European soil since World War 2 is succinct in explaining how 'little' use CW's have been utilized by either Russia or the former Soviet Union.
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Two days ago, the news broke that two people in #Amesbury, England (not far from the site of the Skripal poisoning) were poisoned with an unknown chemical agent. Police have since announced that the two recent victims were, like the Skripals, exposed to #Novichok.
Here's an analysis of the first ~40 hours of Twitter traffic related to the #Amesbury poisoning. This dataset contains 34848 tweets from 21500 accounts containing the word "Amesbury" - almost all are related to the incident.
Retweet network for Amesbury tweets. The disinformation category was determined by checking the tweets of the 50 most retweeted accounts in the set for #Amesbury #FalseFlag theories and the like. Accounts which exclusively RT'd accounts in the disinfo category are also included.
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Some background on this 2nd nerve agent attack in the UK 1) Per @OPCW nerve agents - one kind of lethal chemical weapon - got their name because they affect the transmission of nerve impulses in the nervous system
2) #Novichok is a group of nerve agents developed by the USSR starting back in the 1970s under a covert program code-named Foliant. The scientist who developed Novichok exposed it publicly in 1991 and defected to the US
3) The component parts, or "binary agents," that make up Novichok aren't banned under the Chemical Weapons Convention - when combined they make Novichok which is a banned chemical weapon.
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>> NEW INCIDENT near #Salisbury:: Two collapse in #Amesbury, UK—near site of Russian spy #Skripal poisoning by military grade chemical weapon - BBC News…
#BREAKING: Police now say pair found unconscious in Wiltshire U.K. were poisoned with Novichok, same chemical nerve agent that poisoned ex-Russian spy Sergei #Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, just 4 months ago… #Amesbury
BREAKING >> Following detailed analysis of samples, British counter-terrorism police confirm unconscious man & woman in #Amesbury have been exposed to the nerve agent #Novichok—the same nerve agent that poisoned Yulia & Sergei #Skripal #Russia #Wiltshire
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.@metpoliceuk tells @NBCNews: Officers from the counter terrorism network are working jointly with colleagues from Wiltshire Police regarding the incident in Amesbury. As Wiltshire Police have stated, they are keeping an open mind as to the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Amesbury is about 10 miles from Salisbury, where former Russian spy Sergei #Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok in March.
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After 70 years of imperial/neoliberal indoctrination the web of lies is so obviously absurde (9/11, Skripal, WH = ISIS, etc.), that it is dissoluting. The empathetic humanity connects, closes ranks and sends their eternal psychopathic rulers and their lackeys into nowhere land.
The "evil empire" is a lifelong three year old child. I certainly loved my children at that age too, however only because they created not only a surreal mess, but also made steady progress.

A great documentary about psychopathy and society:
The elite invented "democracy" to protect them from the empathetic people. The media are their means for misleading the people sedated by "democracy". This is definitely a bad thing since the people have become educated and the elite almost totally insane.
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UKGov: "The Russians poisoned the #Skripals !!"
Public: "Evidence?"
UKGov: "#Novichok, only Russia has it!"
OPCW: "Nope, can't find anything that says Russia here"
Sweden: "4 weeks later and the purity is so high?"
Public: "And now? What other evidence?"
UKGov: "Er, it's secret."
Public: "What do the Skripals say?"
UKGov: "We have released a statement on their behalf."
CIA: "We hiding them..."
Public: "WTF is the CIA doing here?"
UKGov: "Er, it's a secret."
Russians: "Why is France involved?"
UKGov: *silence*

A few weeks later: UK, US and France bomb #Syria..

The End.

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Immediately following the chemical attack in #Douma, Syria, the usual suspects are lining up to push the theory that it was a false flag.
This isn't the only time in the last couple of months we've seen "false flag" theories pushed in the wake of a chemical attack. In one case, the prime suspect is Assad's government, a Russian ally, and in the other the Russian government itself.
We downloaded recent tweets containing the hashtag #FalseFlag; the majority are related to the attack in Syria. 1744 of 1950 (89%) of the accounts involved also have #Novichok tweets on their timelines.
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How on Earth is Yulia Skripal's cousin Viktoria being denied a visit to come and see her not a massive news scandal? What the hell is going on, as if the government didn't look bad enough already! What kind of precedent does it set for when a UK citizen is hospitalised in Russia?
Lets have a look at what has happened from the initial incident - Thread

1/ In the immediate discovery of the gravely ill Skripals, the initial reports said that Mr Skripal was potentially being treated for opiate overdose, specifically the opoid Fentanyl. Why was this reported?
2/ Then the narrative changed to nerve agent poisioning and Media reports emerged of around 40 people being treated for exposure to toxic chemicals - later refuted and totally debunked by Doctor in local hospital.
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I see Putin went into hiding after shopping mall inferno in Russia. What a great leader he is!
Mayor of Kemerovo told Putin personally called him after the shopping mall inferno and instructed what punishments have to be carried out. Plus asked to bow before the families of the victims. He's too busy with other tasks to pay attention to the tragedy.
Kemerovo locals estimate the death toll of the shopping mall inferno to be between 200-350 people. Most of the perished were locked up in 3 cinema theatres. The man below lost his wife, sister, daughter, and three grandchildren.
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⑰ days after the /alleged/ poisoning of Sergey & Yuliya #Skripal, we have no word of their condition or their whereabouts. The Russian consul has been refused information about & contact with YS. @SalisburyNHS has not seen them. Everything points to a STAGED EVENT.
👉#SARUM_HOAX #Новичок😝
The #Novichok angle is a red herring. We have no reason to believe a word coming out of Porton Down @dstlmod, since this is a secret @DefenceHQ establishment with no public accountability. @OPCW has been totally discredited with the #Khan_Sheikhun affair.
👉#SARUM_HOAX #Novichok #Skripal
The following writers of @theTimes article below have still to explain how their ❝40 needing treatment❞ evaporated into thin air, and what the source was of this canard.
@JohnSimpsonNews <<<<<<<<
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The poison Novichok, used on a former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in South West England last week, was a chemical weapon produced by a 'highly secretive Soviet-era program to develop a new grade of undetectable nerve agents.'…
The British consulate in St. Petersburg was also ordered to close and the British Council must stop its work in Russia. British Council was used as a cover organization for British intelligence officers.…
The Russian ex-spy who along with his daughter was poisoned by a nerve agent in the U.K. may have been exposed to the neurotoxin through his car's ventilation system. Affecting 38 persons, medically.…
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In the wake of the #Novichok nerve agent attack on Sergei #Skripal and his daughter in #Salisbury, a variety of suggestions that anyone other than Vladimir Putin’s government is responsible have been circulating on Twitter. #Whataboutism
I downloaded recent tweets for the hashtag #Novichok, which started seeing significant traffic March 12th. This yielded 15371 tweets from 10668 accounts. I classified the top 50 accounts by retweet volume (74% of tweets in the set) based on their attribution of the attack.
This chart shows the volume for #Novichok tweets, classified by the perspective being expressed. Note that the portion of the volume in the “whataboutism” category has increased greatly over the past 12 hours.
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UK’s @AmbassadorAllen:

#Novichok is not a weapon that can be manufactured by non-state actors… #Russia has provided no credible explanation… Therefore, we have no alternative but to conclude that the #Russian state was responsible [for a chemical weapons attack on my country].
This was an attack on #UK soil… #Russia is failing to comply with the conditions of the Chemical Weapons Convention…

Let us turn to the part of the CWC that #Russia is not talking about - Russia did not declare #Novichok & is therefore in serious breach of the CWC.
This was a reckless act… #Russia officials have repeatedly threatened those they consider traitors, before & after March 4 attack.

Russia has a history of political assassinations, interfering in other countries & a total disregard for civilian life.
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In relation to #SalisburyChemicalAttack this is interesting. Senior Russian official says #Novichok isn’t subject to Chemical Weapons Convention, when asked if stockpiles had been destroyed. With this statement he confirms what Russia hasn’t done hitherto - #Novichok exists
Incidentally, I am told that #Novichok DOES fall under the Chemical Weapons Convention despite Russian claims to the contrary. Awaiting something official from @OPCW though.
The @OPCW worked with Russia to destroy ‘all’ its chemical weapon stockpiles. This was completed in Sept last year. But now Russia saying #Novichok group of agents not subject to that programme of stockpile destruction.
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Thread: Russia's troll diplomacy goes to work over the #Skripal #Novichok poisoning.…
It starts with the foreign ministry, in Russian and English, pushing the long-established narrative that Russia gets unfairly blamed for everything.
This is a variation on the "Russophobia" narrative, which has been a dominant theme since 2014.…
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I don't have a TV but it appears from Twitter that the UK is about to declare war on Russia over evidence-less claims of a UK double agent poisoned near an infamous UK #ChemicalWeapons plant while the UK continues to facilitate the infanticide of Yemen.

Lets poison someone and leave breadcrumbs that lead back to us.

I am tired of the way these cretins talk down to me.

I guess its a measure of how confident the British government is in the passive naivety of its BBC-nurtured citizens that they would even try to run this full-of-holes narrative past them.

#Skripal #Novichok
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Critically ill Russian national is 66yo Sergei Skripal, former intel colonel/double agent granted refuge in UK after a 2010 "spy swap" between US & Russia. He and a woman were apparently poisoned in/near Salisbury shopping center.
Ex-Russian spy & daughter 'poisoned' in UK sparks fears of another Kremlin-backed hit. Investigators scrambling to identify the chemical used. Skripal feared for his life after his wife died in a car crash & his son was killed in a road incident..…
UK warns Kremlin over poisoning of ex-spy Skripal & his daughter. Recalling Litvinenko murder, FM Johnson said UK was "in the lead across the world" in trying to counteract a "host of malign activity" by Russia.

Skripal's brother, son & wife have been killed in the last 2 year.
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