1. ATlantic council's fellow Higging and @bellingcat created a new opus on Petrov and Bashirov, implying that they are members of GRU, Russian secret service. Lets look at "facts" they provided to prove these allegations.
2. Bellingcat implies that there is an alleged stamp on Alexander Petrov’s passport dossier:“Do not provide any information”and his handwritten name. All passport documents in Russia are typed,without exclusion. There is no point to duplicate the name on top.Real 1P form below
3. This conclusion Bellingcat supports with another EMPTY document
with a handwritten note on top stating that somebody recommended to make is confidential "совершенно секретно" "С.С."We have to BELIEVE that its Petrov's form. BTW,those words are always stamped, not handwritten.
The statement by the #skripal suspects is glorious. The city was so 'covered in snow' that they couldn't walk 0.7 miles to Salisbury Cathedral, but they could walk over a mile to Christie Miller road, in completely the opposite direction. Poor lambs, they clearly got really lost!
So impressed by all these brave, hardy souls who managed to battle their way through seemingly impassable snow to get to Salisbury Cathedral during the first few days of March. Or these reviews are clearly fabrications...
For the convenience of any GRU employees thinking of paying a visit to Salisbury, I've produced this handy guide showing how tricky the cathedral is to find from the railway station.
“Of course, we went there to see Stonehenge, Old Sarum, but we couldn’t do it because there was muddy slush everywhere. The town was covered by this slush. We got wet, took the nearest train and came back [to London].”
Funny, because there doesn’t seem to be any “slush” visible in these photos... #Skripal
Terrifying read on 9/11. US now calls Cuba embassy mystery that caused brain damage to 26 US personnel intentional “attacks”—likely by #Russia. If so, more stunning Russian aggression to add to the recent use of military-grade #Novichok nerve agent on #Skripal in #Salisbury UK.
Russian hitmen are literally killing people who threaten criminal Kremlin networks. Yet Trump and GOP are bent on bringing down people whose life's work is protecting Americans from Russian organized crime. Bruce Ohr witch hunt sure looks like somebody's protecting the criminals
Illicit financial dealings—money laundering—between Trump’s business and Russia is the scandal that explains targeting of obscure bureaucrats like Ohr. Just coincidence Trump is purging DOJ experts on Russia, organized crime and money laundering?? nytimes.com/2018/09/09/opi…#maddow
This tweet from @shocker_daily was cloned by ten other accounts shortly after being posted. Some kind of automation is the obvious explanation, and the "RT shocker_daily" instead of actual retweets is a telltale sign of IFTTT (TY @MikeH_PR for the lead).
The @shocker_daily account was created recently (7/27/2018) and is almost exclusively focused on posting dubious claims about the #Skripal#Novichok poisoning. It has an associated "news" site (dailyshocker(dot)news), registered the same day with similar content.
The ten accounts that copied @shocker_daily's tweet have been copying its tweets ever since the account started tweeting. The cloned tweets are, as suspected, posted via IFTTT. The majority of @shocker_daily's reach is via the bots, as @shocker_daily has very few followers.
A few interesting things about the #Skripal briefing:
Apparently the parfume bottle was a strange Nina Ricci fake. It's not particular clear how to apply a gel with it.
The two suspects had a room in the CityStay Hotel near Bow Road. The investigators took samples on 4th May (one month after the suspects left). Two samples had harmless traces of Novichok. "Just to be sure" they took new samples from the same spots and found nothing.
The investigators explained the negative result by "brushing away" the Novichok when they took the first samples. It means they had a lot of luck in the first place to find the invisible spots on the wall and accidentally decontaminated the hotel room with a cotton swap.
BREAKING: British prosecutors say they believe they have enough evidence to charge two Russian nationals over the poisoning of Sergei & Yulia #Skripal in Salisbury in March. Their names are Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov #skripalpoisoning
Photos of suspects - their names believed to be aliases. Police say they travelled to UK from Moscow on March 2nd, went to Salisbury on 3rd & 4th (day of attack) and returned to Moscow that evening. Minute traces of novichok were found in their London hotel room. #skripals
Police say a counterfeit perfume bottle (Nina Ricci “Premier Jour”) was used to apply the novichok to the Skripals’ front door. One woman, Dawn Sturgess, later died and her partner was hospitalized after handling the bottle #skripalpoisoning
2/ The administration's announcement came after demands from GOP chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ed Royce of CA. Royce called on Trump to hold Russia accountable for the #Skripal poisonings & publicly chastised Trump for not acting quickly on the matter.
3/ "Your findings were due to the committee within 60 days," Royce wrote in a July 26 letter to Trump. "Ninety-three days have now passed since my request, yet we have not received the statutorily required determination." foreignaffairs.house.gov/press-release/…
To be clear on today's Trump admin sanctions on #Russia for #Skripal poisoning:
- They are mandated under the 1991 Chemical & Biological Weapons Control & Warfare Elimination Act for chemical weapons use.
- WH blew past the law's 60-day deadline by a month.
2/The law mandates a second, more Draconian round of sanctions unless:
-Russia assures the US it is no longer using chemical or biological weapons
-Russia allows onsite inspectors to ensure the government is not using chem/bio weapons
3/ That second round could include:
- Ending flights to US by Russian national carrier Aeroflot
- Banning all/most Russian imports/exports with US
- cutting off diplomatic relations
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? itv.com/news/2018-07-2…
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? #Novichok #Rowley #Amesbury
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? #Amesbury
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."
.@realDonaldTrump, call off your summit with Putin. A British woman is dead of a horrific poisoning, linked to ex-spy #Skripal poisoning just months ago. #Putin is not fine. He's responsible for this and other murders. America doesn't need to make deals with murderers. #Wiltshire
@realDonaldTrump Sturgess murder by chemical weapon is yet another attack against NATO allies by Russia/Russian proxies approved and/or ordered by Putin. And election manipulation for Brexit and Trump. These facts alone warrant calling off Putin Summit. Imagine if a Muslim migrant had killed her.
@realDonaldTrump And this: Putin critic #Glushkov found strangled at his London home the day he was due in court in case against Russia's state-run airline Aeroflot
#Putin is not fine. #Russia under Putin is not fine. A summit now rewards & encourages a murderous regime.
[Thread] 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.
... ah yes ... that super toxic #Skripal "substance" that you can smear on a door knob without having to walk around in public wearing a protective suit ...🙄
... unlike the bombing of Syria by Israel ... that might be just the kind of Russia related developing story that @RT_com won't be able to drown in good news about that ruddy #WorldCup ...
It is known as 'Propaganda after-effect'
This after-effect occurs when a story - like the Skripal one - is dying because of a lack of evidence that there even is a story. Then the after-effect kicks in - so that the story can be revived - preferably during an event like #WorldCup
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
.@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.
Even within the SBU this was a highly compartmentalized operation, a couple of people only knew details .
Splainer: SBU/ Babchenko say RU services recruited a Ukrainian citizen to hire a contract killer. He hired a military veteran for 30k. The vet informed Ukraine's secret service & collaborated to fool "broker" that murder went thru. This permitted SIGNIT to track source of order.
Bombing of #Syria: a horrible action based on preposterous claims of chemical weapons use.
Please consider in the broadest context: not fundamentally about oil, resources, or contractors. It is about a conflict with the world's New Paradigm led by #Russia-#China alliance and #BRI
The constant barrage of #Russiagate and #MuellerTime nonsense, aimed at preventing @realDonaldTrump from developing good relationships with #Russia (and #China), is partly to blame for putting him in a position where this bombing made sense, just weeks after announcing pullout.
So, cui bono? The no-good and still-existing British Empire, which brought us the fake Steele pee-pee dossier, the absurd rush to a conclusion in search of evidence re #Skripal, and the Syrian propaganda crew known as the "White Helmets": mintpressnews.com/james-le-mesur…
BREAKING: The White House has said that US President #Trump is canceling his upcoming South America trip to remain in the US "to oversee the American response to Syria." - @NBCNews
This sounds like the US is planning to strike #Syria and Trump will remain in the US to closely monitor responses by #Russia. This is terrible.
BREAKING - British forces are now mobilizing at their bases in #Cyprus for strikes against #Syria. It appears very likely that the US, France and U.K. will strike Syria in the next 24 hours. This is dreadful.
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.