Open Thread: Skripal Suspects Interviewed on RT

For those of you who missed it – the Skripal suspects came forward, approaching RT to tell their story. The whole interview is embedded above and available here, with a transcript here.

A quick rundown of their claims:

  • They are civilians, not GRU officers.
  • They are tourists, who travelled to Salisbury to see the cathedral and visit Stonehenge.
  • They are were not carrying, and have never seen, the Nina Ricci perfume bottle.
  • They did not know Sergei Skripal lived in Salisbury and had never heard of him before he was in the news.
  • They urge the UK police to show the CCTV footage from Salisbury cathedral, which they claim serves as their alibi.

In the interests of impartiality we point out they produce no evidence to back up these claims, and the case remains very much a “he-said-she-said” situation.

These developments open up new questions

  • Will the UK request extradition?
  • Will Russian authorities invite UK police to Russia to question the men?
  • If asked, would the UK police go?
  • What prompted these men to come forward?
  • Will the UK police release the CCTV footage of Salisbury cathedral?
  • Are they really civilians? Will they produce passports and/or documentation as evidence?
  • How many tourists visit Salisbury cathedral every year? How many Russians visit the UK as tourists every year? How many Russians, excluding the named suspects, were in Salisbury around this time? These statistics could be revealing.
  • This move could bolster the UK cause, at least in the media, is it part of a quid pro quo diplomatic arrangement? Possibly with the UK making a concession in Syria?

Whatever the truth of the matter, this interview certainly serves to confuse things. Their story is possible, but not supported with evidence. They are clear on some details – and their request for the police to release the cathedral CCTV rings true – but yet they are also cagey about their business and personal life.

The talking heads in the mainstream media have already dismissed the interview as lies from start to finish – they would do this no matter what was said – but it is foolish to seize on the translated words of two obviously anxious men as evidence of guilt. Especially when the “official narrative” is so full of holes in terms of the timeline, logistics, motive and method.

However, it would equally partisan, in the opposite direction, to declare their story watertight and totally believable. There are certainly a lot of unanswered questions here, and we have a duty to withhold judgment and attempt to be impartial.

What happens now? And do you believe the two men? Comment below.


Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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Shring

The entire story is fake imo.

Mark Gobell
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Mark Gobell

The reported : “chemical weapon assassins’ birth date attributes” … The reported birth date attribute for the script entity known as “Ruslan Boshirov” is 12 April 1978 The reported birth date attribute for the script entity known as “Alexander Petrov” is 13 July 1979 Quote : There are almost no open sources of information about Boshirov. According to the “Fontanka”, he was born on April 12, 1978 in Dushanbe, was registered in Moscow in a 25-storey house on Bolshaya Naberezhnaya street. Quote : Petrov is even less known. According to the documents, he was born on July 13, 1979*. A… Read more »

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Mark Gobell

“Alexander Petrov” and “Ruslan Boshirov” rt.com interview and Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Nomination.

Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic Presidential Nomination on 28 July 2016

Hillary Clinton
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Clinton

Clinton made a second presidential run in 2016. She received the most votes and primary delegates in the 2016 Democratic primaries and formally accepted her party’s nomination for President of the United States on July 28, 2016 …

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The “Alexander Petrov” and “Ruslan Boshirov” rt.com interview was broadcast on 13 September 2018

= 777 days

https://www.timeanddate.com/date/durationresult.html?d1=28&m1=7&y1=2016&d2=13&m2=9&y2=2018

MG

Mark Gobell
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Mark Gobell

The Yulia Skripal Reuters video and Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Nomination.

The Yulia Skripal Reuters video :

OffG : Whose words was Yulia reading?
https://off-guardian.org/2018/05/24/whose-words-was-yulia-reading/

“Yulia Skripal allegedly making voluntary statement May 23 2018”

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See above : Hillary Clinton won the Democratic Presidential Nomination on 26 July 2016

= 666 days

https://www.timeanddate.com/date/durationresult.html?d1=26&m1=7&y1=2016&d2=23&m2=5&y2=2018

MG

Mark Gobell
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Mark Gobell

“Ruslan Boshirov” and Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Nomination. See above : The reported birth date attribute for the script entity known as “Ruslan Boshirov” is 12 April 1978 Hillary Clinton won the Democratic Presidential Nomination on 26 July 2016 Democrats Make Hillary Clinton a Historic Nominee http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/27/us/politics/dnc-speakers-sanders-clinton.html?_r=0 By PATRICK HEALY and JONATHAN MARTIN JULY 26, 2016 PHILADELPHIA — The Democratic convention formally nominated Hillary Clinton for president on Tuesday, making history by choosing a woman to be the first standard-bearer of a major political party, a breakthrough underscored by a deeply personal speech by Bill Clinton calling her “the best darn… Read more »

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Mark Gobell

Whilst not forgetting, the vassal state we are in … “Trump to May ? six six six months, weeks and days” … * Theresa May’s first day as UK PM was 13 July 2016[1] Donald Trump was born on 14 June 1946[2] = 666 months, 666 weeks, 666 days [3] * [1] Theresa May [2] The Jo Cox script … Donald Trump was born on 14 June 1946, the same day that the inventor of television, John Logie Baird died. The cryptic, “tune in a TV” narrative node in the Jo Cox / Thomas Mair script, clearly referenced Donald Trump… Read more »

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Peter Schmidt

Dr Chris Bushby was arrested and released today. He never bought the argument that Russia had poisoned the Skripals. One of the leading figures in the science community. He do know what he’s talking about.

Ross Hendry
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He’s clearly a thorn in the side of the U.K. our intelligence agencies. Here’s his view on the Salisbury false flag:

https://www.express.co.uk/videos/555051/Dr-Chris-Busby-Novichok-poising-was-a-false-flag-operation

manfromatlan
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The full range of harassment against anyone who questions official stories too closely Why I know weapons expert Dr David Kelly was murdered, by the MP who spent a year investigating his death By NORMAN BAKER Last updated at 00:13 20 October 2007 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-488667/Why-I-know-weapons-expert-Dr-David-Kelly-murdered-MP-spent-year-investigating-death.html < blockquote>Like me, he had many doubts about the true circumstances surrounding Dr Kelly’s death and he had begun making his own surreptitious inquiries around Southmoor, the Oxfordshire village which was Dr Kelly’s home. Posing as a freelance journalist, he had attempted to contact the key policemen involved in investigating the case. In this he was… Read more »

Mark Gobell
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Mark Gobell

Thank you Peter Schmidt.

Dr Chris Busby’s home was raided by police on 13 September 2018, the same day as the “Petrov” and “Ruslan” RT production …

COP POISON PROBE Police taken ill with ‘chemical poisoning’ after raid on home of British nuclear expert who appears on Russia Today

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7250170/chris-busby-devon-police-ill-chemical-poisoning-nuclear-expert-russia-today/

Dr Chris Busby was held by police after a dramatic raid on the nuclear expert’s home in Bideford, Devon
By Neal Baker

13th September 2018, 1:48 pm

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Dr Chris Busby on the Skripal Russia Poisoning affair

Video: Dr. Chris Busby on Novichoks and the Skripal Russia Poisoning Affair
https://www.globalresearch.ca/video-dr-chris-busby-on-novichoks-and-the-skripal-russia-poisoning-affair/5635305

MG

jdseanjd
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Thank you.

So, the only 100% conclusion that can be drawn is that TheArse May & BlunderButt Boris are completely stupid liars, so insane as to attempt to demonise Russia, on a transparent false flag, even to the extent of risking WWIII?

John Doran.

Ross Hendry
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MG – sorry I’ve just seen your video after posting mine below. As far as I can tell mine is a shortened version of yours covering just the last 2-3 minutes.

manfromatlan
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Re Dr. Busby, harassment of any one who questions the official narrative too closely: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-488667/Why-I-know-weapons-expert-Dr-David-Kelly-murdered-MP-spent-year-investigating-death.html Why I know weapons expert Dr David Kelly was murdered, by the MP who spent a year investigating his death By NORMAN BAKER Last updated at 00:13 20 October 2007 Posing as a freelance journalist, he had attempted to contact the key policemen involved in investigating the case. In this he was unsuccessful but within an hour he received an unexpected return call. The person on the other end of the line did not bother with formalities, but instead cut to the quick. How would… Read more »

Matt
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Matt

Moscow, October 8 Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Bohirov, the two men suspected of poisoning the Skripals in Salisbury, have been found dead in an empty garage outside Moscow. An independent investigation by the Moscow police has concluded that the death was a double suicide. A letter found near the bodies stated: “We cannot live any longer as two innocent men being hounded to death by the Western media and secret services. This is all the Western media’s and secret services’ fault. The Western media and secret services hate Russia and the Russians, and it is because of them that we… Read more »

manfromatlan
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Are you being sarcastic, or just suggesting their impending demise? Sometimes, it’s just being offensive.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

Upvoted yourself three times, have you, troll? Think yourself funny, do you?

Matt
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Matt

Dear rude commentator,

It is also possible that 4 people upvoted me. Look again. My comment has 72 downvotes, so if I were to upvote myself, it would be to go over that amount. Duh.

Think a little before you accuse people of “trolling” and of upvoting themselves.

Jen
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Jen

Probably bribed his call-centre cubicle pals on either side of him and in front of him to upvote his comment.

Just when you think Matt the pretend Venezuelan aka #DownWithAssad couldn’t be any more crass, immature and vulgar in his trolling, he straight away descends to depths hitherto believed unfathomable.

Matt
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Matt

The irony of one who accuses another, without evidence, of being part of a “call-centre” and getting posts upvoted from fellow colleagues, of calling me a “troll”, is simply too great for me to handle.

Which call centre do I work at? If you were serious when making this accusation, and not merely trolling (which is probably the reality), then present evidence to support your claim.

My “call-centre pals” did such a poor job of upvoting my comment that it only received 5 upvotes vs. 72 downvotes!

I must tell them to work harder.

Mark Gobell
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Mark Gobell

The Golden Rule : If a narrative contains references, then they are included for a reason. Always. So, has anyone managed to work out the connection between : Sergei Skripal’s alleged son Alexander & his reported meanderings on Russian Rail / the Sapsan train … The “Ruslan” and “Boshirov” narrative “New Balance sneakers” … and : the Donald Trump 2016 Election Campaign ? I am surprised that nobody has mentioned any of these “narrative nodes”. For example, why do you think that 2 alleged assassins, in such an important media interview, would feel compelled to mention their trainers / sneakers… Read more »

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Mark Gobell

No takers then ? The Golden Rule : If a narrative contains references, then they are included for a reason. Always. So, has anyone managed to work out the connection between : Sergei Skripal’s alleged son Alexander & his reported meanderings on Russian Rail / the Sapsan train … and : The “Ruslan” and “Boshirov” narrative “New Balance sneakers” … and : the Donald Trump 2016 Election Campaign. See the Wikipedia page for : “List of Donald Trump presidential campaign endorsements, 2016” Among that list is the owner and chairman of New Balance is Jim Davis, [503] “New Balance founder… Read more »

Mark Gobell
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Mark Gobell

The reported : “chemical weapon assassins’ birth date attributes” … The reported birth date attribute for the script entity known as “Ruslan Boshirov” is 12 April 1978 The reported birth date attribute for the script entity known as “Alexander Petrov” is 13 July 1979 Source : https://www.fontanka.ru/2018/09/05/075/ Translation : https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ru&u=https://www.fontanka.ru/2018/09/05/075 Quote : There are almost no open sources of information about Boshirov. According to the “Fontanka”, he was born on April 12, 1978 in Dushanbe, was registered in Moscow in a 25-storey house on Bolshaya Naberezhnaya street. Quote : Petrov is even less known. According to the documents, he was… Read more »

Thomas Peterson
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Thomas Peterson

Looks like raging nutter Christo Grozev has been working on this story for Bellingcat along with Aric Toler. Now the number 495-195-79-66 is what appears on the matrackuksis mattress firm’s website, dated 2016. Aric Toler is claiming that the Ministry of Defence’s number is 499-195-79-66, and it looks like they are going to claim they called it and recorded the call in their next Bellingcat post. It turns out that the 495-195 area code changed to 499-195 between 2016 and now. So obviously 499-195-79-66 is still the mattress retailer’s number. Any supposed recording of a ‘Ministry of Defence clerk’ claimed… Read more »

Matt
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Matt

Patrick Reevell of ABC’s Moscow bureau called the number and got through to the MoD:

https://twitter.com/Reevellp/status/1040768754421035009

Oliver Carroll, Moscow correspondent for the Independent and Evening Standard, also earlier called the number and got through to the Ministry of Defense:

https://twitter.com/olliecarroll/status/1040766698620690432

Now that the MoD has wised up, expect no more calls to the number to be picked up.

Thomas Peterson
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Thomas Peterson

Matt wrote:
Patrick Reevell of ABC’s Moscow bureau called the number and got through to the MoD:

He can’t have done. Any recording of the call?

Admin
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Admin

Is it significant even if he did?

We currently have no provenance for the alleged docs, no information on if they’re genuine or how they may have been tampered with, and no data to show the alleged markings would be how ‘spy passports’ would be processed.

Given the obvious incongruities and the fact the source (Bellingcat) is a known dumpster for the worst pseudo-research and fake intel, there’s no reason to give any of this any real world credence at this stage, whoever the alleged phone number may belong to.

Matt
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Matt

Bellingcat is far more truthful than many other alternative media outlets. It may make errors from time to time, but that is perfectly natural and not reason to smear them. Are media outlets not allowed to make mistakes every now and then? If they, say, make repeat errors that derail their entire claim, then perhaps it would be cause for concern. But most of what they publish is perfectly reasonable, truthful, and backed up by solid analysis. Your visceral reaction to the mention of Bellingcat comes from your reliance on RT, which has engaged in an unprecedented smear campaign against… Read more »

manfromatlan
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How Fancy Bear Destroyed Eliot Higgins Bellingcat Credibility
https://washingtonsblog.com/2018/06/how-fancy-bear-destroyed-eliot-higgins-bellingcat-credibility.html

So Eliot Higgins sources re Russia are US State dept funded “dissidents” and Ukrainian intelligence, LOL. Now can your passive aggressive voice, Matt.

manfromatlan
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And I challenged @EliotHiggins directly here, got blocked for my pains 🙂 https://twitter.com/manfromatlan/status/886628839887187969

manfromatlan
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That passes as ‘evidence’ nowadays. Extreme scepticism is sometimes called for when it comes to MSM claims.

Thomas Peterson
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Thomas Peterson

Well yes, it seems highly unlikely that the procedure for issuing GRU members passports is with blank forms with a special stamp mixed in with everyone else’s normal civilian passport forms.

Thomas Peterson
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Thomas Peterson

He can’t have done, he literally called the number that’s written on the mattress firm’s webpage.

Your site for some reason won’t let me post even an abbreviated version of the firm’s page.

Admin
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We aren’t stopping you posting. Send it to us directly

manfromatlan
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Sent link twice already.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

Don’t you just love Russophobic trolls quoting the Western presstitute propaganda sewer?

manfromatlan
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And maybe the Atlantic Council with their enablers in Russia got the MOD number from “a publicly available database” and the gullible western media called them up to confirm they got through to the ministry as if that proves they were Russki spies, LOL. It is for this reason that Bellingcat blocked me, not because I was ‘abusive’ but because I skewered their thin gruel connect-the-dots logic with ridicule then sends their followers to argue their case here on OffGuardian. Assertion repeated endlessly is not proof of anything, as I say to the “Q” cult or Jordan Peterson/Sam Harris fan… Read more »

Thomas Peterson
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Thomas Peterson

It’s not the MoD’s number.

Of course someone could call the actual MoD, record the call, and pretend they’d called 499-105-79-66 (The mattress retailer) which is likely what Bellingcat have done.

manfromatlan
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Bellingcat sources Western presstitutes Novaya Gazeta and Yulia Latynina for their MOD ‘connection’ because it’s from the same district as the ministry, LOL and when they called the number someone hung up 🙂
Source: https://www.novayagazeta.ru/news/2018/09/14/145085-novaya-gazeta-obnaruzhila-dopolnitelnye-dokazatelstva-vozmozhnoy-svyazi-cheloveka-obvinyaemogo-v-otravlenii-skripaley-s-ministerstvom-oborony-rossii?utm_source=push

Except:

Man From Atlan
Spiritual Answers For the New Age
Russian. Journalism?

September 01, 2017
https://manfromatlan.blogspot.com/2017/09/russian-journalism.html

Thomas Peterson
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Thomas Peterson

There’s no answer either on the number they say is the phone number for ‘Foreign Military Review Magazine’, 499-195-79-64.

They say this is the official magazine of the Ministry of Defence, but it appears to have no website of its own and as far as I can see hasn’t been published since 2011.

I could be wrong obviously, I’m just an amateur bellingcat style.

manfromatlan
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Bless the “amateurs” I say.

manfromatlan
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Response to these guys broke every rule in the KGB/GRU handbook comment on Twitter: Like the 9/11 “hijackers” who broke every rule in the Muslim, Jihadi, and suicide bombers handbook, and were “too incompetent to fly a single engine aircraft” according to instructors at their flying school in Florida but left a Boeing 767 handbook in their car, LOL.

Troy Albertson
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Troy Albertson

My impression is that these guys had nothing to do with the Skripal poisoning. On the other hand, their business dealings are probably illegal, and if they came clean, they–or people they associate with, in Russia or abroad–would go to jail. The evidence that would exonerate them of Skripal involvement would most likely destroy their business and/or their lives–and those of associates who might take revenge for being ratted out. I wouldn’t want to be in these guys’ shoes.

JudyJ
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JudyJ

And, I suspect, if they were to come clean they would risk ending up face down in a lake somewhere at the hands of their ‘business associates’.

thorella
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All comments disputing the UK government narrative of the Skripal poisoning are being rapidly deleted in this article published in the Independent. What does the UK government fear?
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/salisbury-novichok-attack-suspects-passport-russia-skripal-putin-petrov-boshirov-a8539666.html

Thomas Peterson
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Thomas Peterson

And now Putin has poisoned a Pussy Riot member, The Guardian tells me. Not with novichok though.

I’d imagine Putin has his remaining novichok up on ebay now since it’s proven to be pretty rubbish.

theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/13/pussy-riot-activist-in-hospital-after-being-poisoned-says-group-pyotr-verzilov

mog
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Bad batch of coke?

Jen
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Jen

Pyotr Verzilov was treated by doctors at the Sklifosovsky Institute in Moscow. They say he was poisoned by anticholinergic drugs which are used as neurotransmitter-blocking medications to treat conditions such as vertigo (Verzilov reported feeling dizzy after a courtroom hearing earlier on the day he fell ill) and respiratory conditions such as asthma. Verzilov may have overdosed on the medicine or had a reaction to it. Anticholinergics are rarely used for recreational purposes.

https://meduza.io/en/news/2018/09/14/pussy-riot-member-pyotr-verzilov-has-regained-consciousness-he-s-been-hospitalized-for-three-days-and-his-friends-fear-he-was-poisoned

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anticholinergic

Thomas Peterson
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Thomas Peterson

My post with the link seems to be stuck, so just in case anyone missed it, the phone number 195-79-66 claimed by Bellingcat, Insider Russia, Novaya Gazeta etc to be the number of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Military Intelligence Directorate belongs in fact to a mattress retailer.

manfromatlan
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Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

Bellingcat a ‘respected investigative website’??!! Fake news at its fakest!

Thomas Peterson
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Thomas Peterson

The GRU doesn’t employ gay men so the Daily Mail got the directive from HM Government to turn them straight with some ‘witnesses’.

Admin
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Admin

Are you assuming this, or is there some evidence to support it?

Paul X
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Paul X

The Mail’s story has a ‘traditional’ story line; the Baddies smoked weed and had noisy sex with a prostitute according to an unnamed ‘witness’. No references to the Hotel management and presumably no questions are allowed. So these skilled Agents on a murder mission either brought cannabis with them or bought it in London on arrival as well as procuring a prostitute.

manfromatlan
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Beats having to visit Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral then 🙂

J Garbo
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J Garbo

Good old Bellingcat. Fantasy news backed by waffles and syrup. Since their MH17 Buk missile fantasy, they just get better. Soon they’ll try news.Indicative of the Groin, that their nonsense is used as “evidence”.

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I thought it will be good to post my comment on this platform too. Yesterday i posted this comment on Bellingcat’s website in their topic about “Suspects passport data”. Not sure they will publish it. Maybe they’ll do, maybe not. Anyways, here’s what I answered to Bellingcat’s “investigation”: (1) First, and the most important – It’s useless to seriously discuss this topic (read, this version of events) simply because any normal & sane person understand that real personnel who work for special/secret services will never (i repeat, never) be presented in any kinds of public/civilian databases – passport database, tax… Read more »

J Garbo
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J Garbo

Relax. Good work, but wasted on Bellingcat, a name that reeks of fake news. Any article using Bellingcat as a source can confidently be disregarded. The “Groin” has sunk to a UK govt mouthpiece and should also be disregarded, except for sports scores, menopausal confessions and fad diets.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

Bellingcrap is a notorious propaganda disinformer working for MI8, NATO and the Atlantic Council. The mere mention of its name ought to invoke contempt and mirth, nothing else.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

MI8? MI6.

vexarb
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vexarb

Mis-Information 8, the media arm of MI6.

tutisicecream
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Freedland and Harding in Versionland through the looking glass. The Graun in its never ending racist spiels about Russia has rushed to judgement again this time about the two identified tourists purported to be Skripal assassins. Freedland in his self proclaimed farce accuses Russia of messing with the truth, something which he clearly thinks is the roll of RT. Not of course the Graun??!! However in his gleeful canter to condemn, he fails to realise that he, the Guardian and Harding have been endlessly pilloried for the same – their lack of balance even total abandonment of the facts in… Read more »

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

Freedland brings that trade-mark Zionazi frenzy to his hate-filled denunciations of Russia, like his simulacrum Cohen. But the ultra-odious Cadwalladr (sic) exceeds both today with a crazy diatribe worthy of Streicher at his most unhinged. Just why these creatures are striving for a war with Russia that would exterminate humanity is the only really important question to be answered. Evil does not come more dire than this.

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Kidocelot

And as always comment is closed which stops us dissenting voices from pointing out the pot calling the kettle black element in asserting the Russian’s are lampooning and trolling the UK…..who have lampooned and insulted the Russian’s at every turn!

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bevin

The Guardian is investing heavily in satire. A Carole Cadwalladr today writes: “…These intelligence officers, we now know, worked for the GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency that, in July, special counsel Robert Mueller identified as responsible for hacking the emails of the Democratic National Committee, an act that went on to play a defining role in the US election. These same intelligence officers last week went on air and took what can only be described as the piss. Because having been identified by the British authorities after months of painstaking detective work, Boshirov and Petrov coolly spun a preposterous… Read more »

mog
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Cadwalladr nailed.
Mental.

bevin
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bevin

Maybe I’m too excitable, but the Guardian stories to which you refer have all the appearance of shark jumping to me. The story based on Bellingcat ‘research’ is a direct and sharp insult to the intelligence. While Freedland’s “Russia’s brazen lies mock the world. How best to fight for the truth?” simply turns the knife in the wound. What is shocking is that, inevitably and in short order, the truth about these banalities will come out. Whether these people are GRU agents is not something than can now be disguised, which suggests to me that they cannot be. Whether it… Read more »

Paul X
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Paul X

How do citizens get to know what D notices are issued? It’s an offence to even report there are D notices in force? Currently there must be more than the one forbidding reference to Agent Miller but what about the owner or manager of the Hotel in East London? S/he could cast light on the whole business and especially whether other later occupants were sought in case they were ill? As for the staff at the Salisbury hospital….It is a bit odd isn’t it that in a country that proclaims it has a ‘free press’ Ministry of Defence Orders to… Read more »

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Mikaelvuo
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Mikaelvuo

The Metropolitan Police confirmed at 5. September “that ‘low’ levels of the nerve agent were found in the two-star £48 a night hotel in May – two months after the poisonings – during part of their investigations.”

Why the police did not warn the visitors already may?
Why it did took still three months to find the 2 russians, if the police did know the hotellroom…?

Jonny
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Jonny

Because they are lazy and went on holiday over the summer. Now they’ve returned matters or facts don’t really mean anything, just the outcome. They say Russia is bad as it has interfered in their plans. They forget, prod the big bear enough times and eventually it will bite.

Mikaelvuo
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Mikaelvuo

The novitshok had to be on the surface and not in the air, because the police did take away all novitshok in two samples. But if the hotellroon was cleaned normally after several visitors for two months, so how there where could be any samples left from novitshok? The Metropolitan Police writes: ”On 4 May 2018, tests were carried out in the hotel room where the suspects had stayed. A number of samples were tested at DSTL at Porton Down. Two swabs showed contamination of Novichok at levels below that which would cause concern for public health. A decision was… Read more »

Mikaelvuo
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Mikaelvuo

Because now visitor did gett ill in that hotell, the amount of novitshok had to be minimal (0,0001 g). But it is possible take samples from that. Craig Murray writed: “What matters is whether they can be connected to the novichok, and here the safety of the identification of the microscopic traces of novichok allegedly found in their hotel bedroom is key. I am no scientist, but I have been told by someone who is, that if the particle(s) were as the police state so small as to be harmless to humans, they would be too small for mass spectrometry… Read more »

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hmm

In the case of anything to do with Russia, guilty until proven ‘probably guilty’ is the norm. The indoctrination of the British people runs deep. Seemingly rational people can see that the lamestream media conduct unjustified vilification campaigns against the likes of Corbyn but can’t stretch their imaginations to believe the same is being done with Putin or any other enemy of the month (past and present). But let’s take heart from the fact that the Toady program on Radio 4 has lost 800,000 listeners. The cringe-worthy explanation that it’s because listeners don’t want to hear bad Brexit news is… Read more »

vexarb
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vexarb

Warning, this video is from Utube. I have not viewed it, because I no longer view Utube:

https://youtu.be/wBaVe19amhU

Matt
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Matt

A leaker from the Russian government gave Bellingcat access to the pair’s passports. The findings? If these two men aren’t agents of the GRU, then pigs will start flying.

The passport data showed various.. oddities.

First, please read the article. And don’t let RT’s smearing of Bellingcat get in your way; the former is still bitter about the latter’s debunking of Russia’s multiple, contradictory conspiracy theories about MH17.

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2018/09/14/skripal-poisoning-suspects-passport-data-shows-link-security-services

My Reddit comment explaining my thoughts:

https://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/9fy2x8/skripal_poisoning_suspects_passport_data_shows/e602tzb/

Thomas Peterson
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Thomas Peterson

Yes I read it. Total pile of bollocks.

Admin
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You think the Russian security agencies stamp the words ‘top secret’ on their agents’ passport applications?Just to make sure everyone knows how secret they are?

Has anyone yet shown the smallest piece of evidence that this is what the initials even mean?

FYI – Bellingcat has no skills, no training, does NO research, and is simply a conduit for third rate fake ‘intelligence’ the professionals don’t want to be associated with. They gave him the shoddy BUK nonsense and now this. Too silly. Reddit is where anyone who believes this junk belongs

Matt
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Matt

Sorry, but the story was about INTERNAL passport files, so no, Russian intelligence does not stamp “top secret” on the public passports of their agents. Reading comprehension fail. Russia’s First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN retweeted this popular thread attempting to debunk Bellingcat: https://twitter.com/Dpol_un/status/1040791463402135552 Read this reply: https://twitter.com/ASpinOfTheWheel/status/1040963253898235904 Zakharova confirmed that the leaked files are real: https://twitter.com/bellingcat/status/1040679184396374018 https://twitter.com/christogrozev/status/1040937364657459205 Google translation of the tweet by the Russia MFA: “And again, a hoax from the “storytellers” from Bellingcat. We really need only guess where you got the data from FMS. Hacked you “base” or you just bought it, it remains on… Read more »

manfromatlan
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Matt
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Matt

I already read that response. There are numerous mistakes made. First, the author forgets that these are internal passport files, not ones that are open to the public, hence, the “top secret” markings. Admin made the same mistake. Secondly, the author refuses to acknowledge that someone from Russia could have given Bellingcat this information. It’s completely plausible. Thirdly, the author repeatedly claims the documents are fake, claiming they were faked, due to their blurriness and squiggly lines. The author forgets that the documents were scanned, and potentially a long time ago, by the Russian government. So it’s not the fault… Read more »

manfromatlan
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My mother in law, who actually reads Russian, says the spokeswoman “confirmed” no such thing (it could be she asked you to have your sources, ie: British passport control to confirm it).

Pty your lot uses Microsoft translate, LOL

Matt
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Matt

Of course she never directly confirmed it. But not only did she not deny it, she accused Bellingcat of “hacking” the information, or getting it from “Western specials services”. This implies that the information is real. But it gets better: The passport number was issued by the “VIP” Federal Migration service (unit 770-001), which is used when granting passports in sensitive or high-profile cases. For example, here is the passport of the actor Gérard Depardieu, who received his passport after Putin signed an Executive Order granting him Russian citizenship: So, Petrov and Boshirov are just your normal sports vitamin salesmen,… Read more »

mog
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RT on MH17 story from today.
The JIT include Ukraine, but exclude Russia, and consider evidence from Bellingcat- who is qualified how exactly?

https://www.rt.com/news/438596-mh17-downing-russian-briefing/

mog
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A good run Matt, but all you have is a presumption of guilt and the unverified statements of known liars, all wrapped around a story that is patently ridiculous from start to finish. All told by a group of desperate sociopaths with an obvious motive to throw out the long held principles of justice and shore up their own diminishing power.
https://www.theblogmire.com/petrov-boshirov-and-the-burden-of-proof/
I might be wrong, but until I see something proven or even just credible…

manfromatlan
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Paul X
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Paul X

No, there is no need to tell us about it, we understand your meaning already

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Admin

The fact you blindly trust the idiot-level propaganda put out by the western media, even to the point of thinking the lamentable underwear salesman Eliot Higgins is a serious source is your personal tragedy. By all means believe what you need to believe, since serious analysis, comprehension or basic sense are beyond you, but don’t trash this site if you want to continue posting here – that’s trolling, and we don’t permit it.

Further name-calling will be erased.

Matt
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Matt

Admin, I would like a proper response to my claims, especially for those which directly contradict your own claims.

I’m sorry for the insults I used before; they were counter-constructive to the spirit of debate, and won’t happen again.

Matt
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Matt

You literally just ignored everything I just said. You refused to argue against even a single one of my points. You refuse to admit that you were wrong about thinking these passports were public ones; they were internal files, hence the “tops secret” markings. You refuse to acknowledge the fact that the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs admit that the passport data is completely real and true. You refuse to acknowledge that Russia has been caught lying about MH17, including the fact that Carlos was a fraudster. When you found out that you made mistakes when interpreting the article, you… Read more »

manfromatlan
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Funny, how comments disappear or don’t show on the Bellingcat site and they tend to block people on Twitter (I suggested the Bana El Abed story was fake since East Aleppo was served by 3G networks therefore they couldn’t post video from there but instead of rebutting, they blocked 🙂

Matt
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Matt

I agree that blocking people is bad, but considering that Bellingcat has been the subject of unprecedented attacks (sometimes personal) by a government, its state media and various allied Western “independent” media outlets, it can probably get frustrating dealing with all the state-sponsored abuse. This could lead to preemptive blocking of critics online.

manfromatlan
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I see Bellingcat references my friends Yulia Latynina and Novaya Gazeta to confirm their specious Russian MOD “connection”.
Source: https://www.novayagazeta.ru/news/2018/09/14/145085-novaya-gazeta-obnaruzhila-dopolnitelnye-dokazatelstva-vozmozhnoy-svyazi-cheloveka-obvinyaemogo-v-otravlenii-skripaley-s-ministerstvom-oborony-rossii?utm_source=push

Except Yulia, and I, have er, history 🙂
Russia. Journalism?
https://manfromatlan.blogspot.com/2017/09/russian-journalism.html

Martin Usher
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Martin Usher

Russian passport holders need a visa to visit the UK. This means the government would have already known about these two’s passports well in advance of their arrival in the UK. I’m not sure whether getting the visa as a Russian is as complex as getting a visa when you’re from India or West Africa (can anyone help with info?) but I’d guess there would be some checks on the applicants since Russians would be regarded as an overstay risk. So its quite possible that the passport information didn’t come from a Russian leaker but the UK government itself. It… Read more »

alaffcreator
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“Russia’s multiple, contradictory conspiracy theories about MH17” Haha, you must be kiddin’? It has long been clear who shot down the plane. The name of this country begins with the letter U. For some incredible reason, this country participates in the “commission of inquiry”. Naturally, the “conclusions” of this commission are objective and unbiased. Sure. Russia has provided (let’s note – provided on a voluntary basis, because Russia was not obliged to) already enough factual and serious material, clearly speaking about who shot down the plane. A large-scale scientific experiment, declassified data on “BUK”, original radar data and other. But… Read more »

Martin Larner
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Martin Larner

All that “gets in my way” is Bellingcat’s record of spurious propaganda and their equally spurious funding sources. You’re getting into the realms of intelligence agency disinformation here, which will be kicked out by all parties in an attempt to muddy the waters. Bellingcat are funded and connected to that.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

‘Bellingcrap’ is an agent of the USA, of the NATO Atlantic Council and a proven disinformer. Must try harder, hasbaranik.

Rhisiart Gwilym
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Rhisiart Gwilym

‘Hasbaranik’ is good, Mulga. But it’s not sufficiently derisive to the deliberately-deceitful goons who do it (‘Matt’ being one, perhaps?). Try ‘hasbarollocks’ and ‘hasbarollockser’. Both portmanteau words; I needn’t detail the other word besides ‘hasbara’ that’s included, need I? Good British-English word meaning both ‘testicles’ and ‘utter rubbish’. PS: I hope the Off-Graun editors won’t contaminate this website by giving any space – and thus some possible credence – to the USukiznato-axis propaganda-mediawhore Eliot Higgins’ lie-stream. Anyone wishing to wade in that 30-piecesofsilver-funded moral cesspool can google him, if they really feel the need. In an honestly-run world, Higgins would… Read more »

Matt
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Matt

I would very much appreciate it if Off-G, in the interests of debate, posted Bellingcat’s article about the passports.
In my opinion, it’s a slam dunk.

I don’t think the Russian government was involved, however. It’s likely that these GRU agents had links to organized crime in Europe, and Skripal senior’s work with various state and private intelligence agencies irked a mobster’s ire. Similarly, I suspect this is why Litivenko was killed. False flags pretty much never happen, despite the alternative media’s penchant for discussing them.

Thomas Peterson
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Thomas Peterson

You don’t honestly think Bellingcat have the slightest idea what they’re talking about when it comes to the details of GRU agents getting passports, do you?

Admin
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This is clearly some new usage of the words ‘slam dunk’ we weren’t previously aware of.

But you know we may just do that – with our own commentary added

manfromatlan
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Wherein those strange personalities at Bellingcat get so impressed with their own internal verification processes they automatically validate their own arguments’ LOL. One sees similar self-
validation in every emanation from Q/4chan which is just another western psyop in my opinion.

mog
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Strange ‘slam dunk’. Aside from the consideration of how the alleged ‘anomalies’ can be explained by mundane reasons, we should wonder at the logic of Bellingcat’s article. Why do secret operatives create fake personas? I mean what is the point of creating a fake persona nine years ago and then living under it openly, even going on TV before a hundred million people as that fake persona ? It’s just ridiculous. Real operatives use fake identities for a specific job then abandon them so as to be able to function afterwards under their real (or a different) identity. Or is… Read more »

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

Only a hasbara troll would utter such a ludicrous lie as ‘..false-flags pretty much never happen..’. The audacity of the lying is typical.

vexarb
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vexarb

Mulga, the Hebrew word for that typical audacity is “hutzpah” — a lie so audacious it takes one’s breath away. Like St.Theresa of Westminster with her Novijokes.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

And it is also Adolph Hitler’s ‘Big Lie’ process in action.

vexarb
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vexarb

St.Theresa told such dreadful lies / It made one gasp and rub one’s eyes
And when in the House Theresa spoke / They rolled on the floor with the Novijoke.

— with apologies to Hilaire Belloc

Charles Wood
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Charles Wood

I suggest they do that at the same time publishing the excellent takedown of the Bellingcat article by Elena Evdokimova at https://twitter.com/elenaevdokimov7/status/1040764359998230528 And the text of the Netherlands law 138ab about illegal access to a computer system or the use of data stolen from a computer system – similar laws apply to Eliot Higgins in the UK – given this series is part authored by Daniel Romeijn in the Hague, along with Aric Toler in the US, and Eliot Higgins in the UK Article 138ab 1 With a term of imprisonment not exceeding two years or a fine of the… Read more »

Matt
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Matt

Russia’s First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN retweeted that thread by Elena Evdokimova: https://twitter.com/Dpol_un/status/1040791463402135552 Elena first claimed they looked “Ukrainian”. Thats about the “quality” of work we’ve come to expect from Russia and its associates. Disgustingly xenophobic. Regarding the hacking claim, I have only two things to say about that: After so passionately defending WikiLeaks and its release of hacked materials, why do you all suddenly have an urge to prosecute hackers of important information? I thought that releasing hacked information was “ethical” as long as it shed light on the truth. What happened to all that? Hypocrites. There… Read more »

Charles Wood
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Charles Wood

Let me assure you that using information stolen from some information system by any means including ‘hacking’, bribery, and physical theft is a criminal offence in all of the EU. This is in addition to the actual crime of unlawful access to an information system which does not have to be in the EU. Your friends Eliot Higgins and Dano Romeijn are both in EU jurisdictions that enforce this. They have admitted to using stolen personal information from an online retailer website. This is in addition to using information illegally obtained (stolen) from government records by some means. To be… Read more »

manfromatlan
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That would be Tony Cartalucci’s 2012 piece
US State Department’s Russian “Journalist”
http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2012/05/us-state-departments-russian-journalist.html

manfromatlan
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As a one time Wikipedian I can confirm that ever since Jimmy Wales married a Blair appendage the site has gone way down. Their metric is not verifiable truth but that as long as it’s reported by a ‘reliable source’ (usually western media but also various front NGO’s) then it gets special protection from their sub-editors, witness the numerous malicious edits to the George Galloway/ Vanessa Beeley/ Brian Whitaker pages.

D'Esterre
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D'Esterre

“Yet they are also cagey about their business and personal life.” As would anyone be, were they suddenly thrust into the public eye in this fashion. “How many tourists visit Salisbury cathedral every year?” We visited that cathedral in late November/early December, supposedly the tourist off-season. But there were many tourists there alongside us. We were visiting the UK from overseas at the time. Not from Russia, as it happens… “…it is foolish to seize on the translated words of two obviously anxious men as evidence of guilt.” I’m not surprised that they were anxious: wouldn’t any of us be,… Read more »

vexarb
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vexarb

@D’Esterre. And St.Theresa regime is still trying to shore up those miraculously multiplying holes. Yesterday Admin detected the regime trotting out “a friend of the Skripals” to confess that he had made a mistake when he testified that the Skripals had left their house in the morning, before the plane from Russia had even landed; his new story has the Skripals waiting patiently in their house until well after the “Russian suspects” had left the airport, so now they had enough time to commit that dastardly doorknob Novijoke — always supposing they did not waste that time wandering around Salisbury… Read more »

remorris
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remorris

They still look like a couple of gay guys to me., struggling not to say they were there for love, caught out by the cruelties of the odious MI6/tereason MAY psyop.