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'Only the small secrets need to be protected. The big ones are kept secret by public incredulity' -- McLuhan. Mostly tweets about the Skripal incident. Mostly.
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Jan 19 18 tweets 10 min read
I looked at the book 'We Are #Bellingcat' by Eliot Higgins. It's full of falsehoods and lies of omission about the #Salisbury #Skripal #novichok incident. It's weakest around the sequence of events when the #Skripals were actually poisoned, as we'll see.

A longish thread: 1/18 Image Higgins opens with the #Skripals in hospital, "pumped full of atropine". Atropine is toxic and generally given in large doses only if organophosphate poisoning is diagnosed. Higgins omits that there was *no such early diagnosis* at the hospital.


Dec 10, 2023 12 tweets 5 min read
I've read several books dealing with the case of the #Skripals so you don't have to: '#Skripal Files' ; 'Russians Among Us' ; 'Killer in Kremlin' ; 'Toxic' . But I'd missed this one: 1/12

'From Russia With Blood' by @HeidilBlake. Like the other books it's full of falsehoods; they're mostly in the intro. I'll deal with them briefly.

When the #Skripals were admitted to hospital after being found on the bench, Blake says: "Doctors were initially perplexed". 2/12
Jun 28, 2023 9 tweets 4 min read
This Ch4 "fact check" article from 2018 about the #Skripal case is a great example of how fake journalists serve power instead of democracy: here defending then-foreign sec Boris Johnson after he lied to the world about #novichok.

Let's take a look. 1/10… The journalist, @martinrw, now works for @openDemocracy and has contributed to @TBIJ, haunt of the Integrity Initiative-linked @jamesrbuk. . Like Ball and Cadwalladr, Williams affects concern about "creeping authoritarianism". 2/10……
Dec 5, 2022 8 tweets 3 min read
The lack of WMD in Iraq was a disaster for the organised criminals calling themselves British intelligence. They destroyed a sovereign nation and hundreds of thousands of civilians, but they also destroyed their reputation. To stop this happening again, they needed a plan. 1/8 Image The plan was to use a third party to launder their lies into the press via client journalists. That way, if the lies were later exposed, the organised criminals calling themselves British intelligence would not be directly implicated. They soon found a candidate: Bellingcat. 2/8 Image
Dec 3, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
A list of former US ambassadors, ex-senators, ex-presidents of the World Bank, Atlantic Council types. One of them, Simon Clark, is chair of the "Center for Countering Digital Hate", cited in a BMJ article calling for censorship of covid "disinformation". Clark is among other things a member of the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab. He "trained at Price Waterhouse" and "built the original internet presence for Reuters". He is - it is no surprise to discover - essentially an investment banker.…
Jul 24, 2022 6 tweets 6 min read

How can say this? Three reasons.

1. The chemical was not confirmed to be "novichok". Porton Down said it had found novichok in the #Skripal blood samples, but in court PD's expert wouldn't confirm this. The #OPCW was careful not to explicitly identify #novichok in its analysis of the blood samples it received from the UK. It hedged its language in a strange way, merely saying it "confirmed" the UK's findings relating to the identity of the chemical. (2/6)
Mar 13, 2022 11 tweets 10 min read
#CaroleCadwalladr, seen here with her friend, the "ex-spy" Christopher Steele, has evidently been ordered to re-heat the #Skripal #Salisbury #novichok story (which Steele was involved with) because of the "biolabs" found in #Ukraine. So let's deconstruct her #disinformation. 1/11 #CaroleCadwalladr has long been known to be associated with UK intelligence. Documents reveal her connection to the discredited 'Integrity Initiative', a project intended to build a network of client journalists to promote the establishment's agenda. 2/11
Sep 11, 2021 8 tweets 4 min read
20 years after the 9/11 attacks, the results of my modest Twitter poll show 72% of respondents do not believe the US govt account of 9/11 at all, while 92% believe it is at least partially false. I wonder what the consensus on the least believable element of the story might be. One element that was met with scepticism even as it was reported live by CNN anchorman Garrick Utley was the news that a hijacker's passport had been recovered from the rubble of the Twin Towers' destruction. "If you can believe that" was certainly not on Utley's teleprompter.
Aug 20, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
'Flat Earth News' @Bynickdavies is a classic analysis of how propaganda works by a great investigative journalist; I was lucky to meet him once at a @NUJofficial event. His remarks about the #Skripal case are essential so I'm uploading them here (video clips in three parts). 1/3 "Big question. What has Mr #Skripal been doing with his time [in Salisbury]?" 2/3
Aug 15, 2021 26 tweets 15 min read
@dankaszeta omitted significant facts and distorted aspects of the #Skripal case in his recent talk for @edskeptics, as I will show in this thread.

Kaszeta's talk is here. It's over an hour long but I'll give ~time reference points with my remarks.

1/25 Kaszeta blocked me on Twitter long ago.

This was after I asked him how it was possible that two people as physically different as Sergei and Yulia #Skripal could be *almost simultaneously overcome* by the effects of a nerve agent they had allegedly touched hours before.

Apr 27, 2021 44 tweets 29 min read

I've previously made a short timeline of what we're told happened to the #Skripals on the day they were poisoned (Sunday, Mar 4 2018) using only official/MSM sources. This is an expanded version, again focused on the day of the poisoning. 1/43 Sources are [numbered] and listed at the end of the thread. I have added some sourced *comments and used brackets <where the exact point in the timeline is unclear from the sources>. 2/43
Aug 27, 2020 7 tweets 2 min read
The timeline of the #Skripals' movements on the day they were poisoned (Sun, Mar 4 2018) isn't clear. Did they go to the pub and then for a meal, or the other way around? Maybe it doesn't matter.

But here's what we know according to the official account, with rough timings. 1/6 12.30pm: Two Russian agents walk up to Sergei Skripal's front door in broad daylight on a Sunday lunchtime while he & Yulia are at home, and spray it with one of the deadliest nerve agents known to man using a specially adapted perfume bottle. They then head into Salisbury... 2/6
Mar 23, 2020 6 tweets 2 min read
1/5 Hey @JimmySecUK I'm unblocking @DanKaszeta. If he unblocks me I'd challenge him to answer four questions.

How could two physiologically very different people (old man, young woman) collapse almost simultaneously, hours after alleged exposure to "military grade nerve agent"? 2/5 The medics who treated the Skripals told the BBC they didn't suspect/treat for nerve agent poisoning for 36hrs+, and just gave them generic care for overdose. But the Skripals had significant exposure to an agent allegedly far more lethal even than VX.

How did they survive?
Apr 30, 2019 7 tweets 11 min read
@EliotHiggins @rossathome @Agent_Hodgo @bellingcat @DanKaszeta @medialens This entire article is based on the false assumption that the #Skripals received swift diagnosis/treatment for nerve agent. THEY DID NOT -- for at least 36hrs, according to their doctors. The dose was also considerable, given the state they were found in.… @EliotHiggins @rossathome @Agent_Hodgo @bellingcat @DanKaszeta @medialens "It is clear that the #Skripals and the police constable received serious and relevant medical interventions" -- this is a lie of omission, as the medics told the BBC that nerve agent was not suspected until DCI Bailey arrived at Salisbury A&E, more than a day after the Skripals.