“Putin’s Gonna Get Me”. 162


Shakespeare’s heirs at the BBC produced this deathless and entirely convincing line as the climax of the first episode of “The Salisbury Poisonings”, a three part piece of state propaganda on the Skripal saga, of which I watched Part 1 as it was broadcast last night. The other two parts are to be broadcast today and tomorrow, which unusual scheduling reflects the importance our masters place on this stirring tale of the resilience of the great British nation under attack by devilish foreigners. You can watch all three episodes now on BBC iPlayer, but personally I suffer from overactive antibodies to bullshit and need a break.

The line about Putin was delivered by salty, ex-British military Ross Cassidy, so of course was entirely convincing. It may have been more so had he ever said it in public before this week, but there you are.

To judge by social media, an extraordinary proportion of the public find the official narrative entirely convincing. I find myself unable to pretend that does not fill me with despair at the future of democracy. That anybody could listen to the following dialogue without doubling up in laughter is completely beyond me. I do not quite understand how the actors managed to speak it.

Porton Down Man: “And it’s one of the deadliest synthetic substances on earth. It’s so toxic that a spoonful, with the right delivery mechanism, could kill thousands”.
Heroic Public Health Lady: “But if it’s so toxic, how come the Skripals are still alive?”
Porton Down Man: “The paramedics assumed that they had overdosed on fentanyl so they gave them a shot of Naloxone, which happens to combat nerve agent toxicity. Plus, it was cold, further inhibiting the speed with which the substance took effect.”

Aah yes, it was cold. A factor those pesky Russians had overlooked, because of course it is never cold in Russia. And everybody knows it is minus 40 inside Zizzis and inside the Bishops Mill pub. Once the nerve agent has entered the body, only in the most extreme conditions could exterior temperature have any kind of effect at all. Neither Sergei nor Yulia was anyway outdoors for any significant period after supposedly being poisoned by their door handle.

Many wildly improbable stories have been produced by the security services over the last three years to explain why this ultra deadly nerve agent did not kill the Skripals. Interestingly enough, the BBC drama left out a detail which the Daily Mail alleged came from a security service briefing, that:

“Completely by chance, doctors with specialist chemical weapons training were on duty at the hospital when the victims were admitted. They treated Sergei and Yulia Skripal with an atropine (antidote) and other medicines approved by scientists from Porton Down, the government’s top secret scientific research laboratory”

Which is very believable, I suppose, because it is no more of a coincidence than the Chief Nurse of the British Army being right there when they first collapsed on a bench.

Yet in all the multiple attempts to explain the non-deadly deadly nerve agent, “it was cold” appears to be a new one. It must have official approval, because all purpose security service shill, warmonger and chemical weapons expert, Lt Col Hamish De Bretton Gordon was listed in the credits as “military advisor” to this BBC production.

Let me offer you this tiny smidgeon of wisdom, for nothing: when the state broadcaster starts to make propaganda videos that credit a “military advisor”, you are well on the way to fascism.

Perhaps wisely, Part One at least of the BBC Drama made no attempt at all to portray how the alleged poisoning happened. How the Skripals went out that morning, caught widely on CCTV, to the cemetery according to this version, and then returned home without being caught coming back. How while they were back in their house two Russian agents rocked up and, at midday in broad daylight on a very open estate, applied deadly nerve agent to the Skripals’ door handle, apparently without the benefit of personal protective equipment, and without being seen by anybody. How the Skripals then left again and contrived for both of them to touch the exterior door handle in closing the door. How, with this incredibly toxic nerve agent on them, they were out for three and a half hours, fed the ducks, went to the pub and went to Zizzis, eating heartily, before both collapsing on a park bench. How despite being different ages, sexes, body shapes and metabolisms they both collapsed, after this three hour plus delay, at exactly the same moment, so neither could call for help.

The BBC simply could not make a drama showing the purported actions that morning of the Skripals without it being blindingly obvious that the story is impossible. Luckily for them, we live in such a haze of British Nationalist fervor that much of the population, especially the mainstream media journalists and the Blairite warmongers, will simply overlook that. The omission of the actual “poisoning” from “The Salisbury Poisonings” is apparently just an artistic decision.

All those events happened before the timeline of this BBC Drama started. The BBC version started the moment people came to help the Skripals on the bench. However it omitted that the very first person to see them and come to help was, by an incredible coincidence, the Chief Nurse of the British Army. That the chief military nurse was on hand is such an amazing coincidence you would have thought the BBC would want to include it in their “drama”. Apparently not. Evidently another artistic decision.

The time from touching the door handle to the Skripals being attended by paramedics was about four hours. That Naloxone is effective four hours after contact with an ultra deadly nerve agent is remarkable.

I do not want to under-represent the personal suffering of policeman Nick Bailey nor his family. But he was shown in the drama as rubbing this “deadliest synthetic substance” directly into the soft tissues around his eye, but then not getting seriously ill for at least another 24 hours. Plainly all could not be what it seems.

The actual poisoning event, the specialist team coincidentally at the hospital and the Army Chief Nurse were not the only conspicuous omissions. Also missing was Skripal’s MI6 handler and Salisbury neighbour Pablo Miller, who did not rate so much as a mention. The other strange thing is that the drama constantly cut to newsreel coverage of actual events, but omitted the BBC’s own flagship news items on the Skripal event in those first three days, which were all presented by BBC Diplomatic Editor Mark Urban.

Now Mark Urban happens to have been in the Royal Tank Regiment with Skripal’s MI6 handler, Pablo Miller. Not distantly, but joining the regiment together at the same rank in the same officer intake on the same day. I do love a lot of good coincidences in a plot. Mark Urban had also met frequently with Sergei Skripal in the year before the alleged attack, to “research a book”. Yet when Urban fronted the BBC’s Skripal coverage those first few days, he kept both those highly pertinent facts hidden from the public. In fact he kept them hidden for four full months. I wonder why Mark Urban’s lead BBC coverage was not included in the newsreel footage of this BBC re-enactment?

There is much, much more that is wildly improbable about this gross propaganda product and I must save some scorn and some facts for the next two episodes. Do read this quick refresher in the meantime. How many of these ten questions has the BBC Drama addressed convincingly, and how many has it dodged or skated over?

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162 thoughts on ““Putin’s Gonna Get Me”.

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  • DoctorK

    My wife wanted to watch it so I reluctantly agreed.
    I wondered who would play the Chief Nurse but I too was disapppointed by her exclusion.
    I also wanted to see the door handle being embraced but that was left out too.
    After 20 minutes my wife went to bed. For anybody not even slightly aware of the story it was just incredibly boring.
    For those somewhat acquainted with it, laughable.
    I’ll just rely on Craig’s reviews. It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it.

    • A.C.Doyle

      I haven’t seen it, but when I heard the review, that was the first thing I thought about. Were we going to see the real Colonel Alison McCourt, the Chief Nursing officer of the British Army, in attendance at the scene of the staged poisonings? She would certainly have had very relevant experience in these theatrical stunts and would bring a bit of reality to the TV series. But, then again, she appears to shun publicity. It was about one whole year before her involvement in the original charade came into the public domain.

      • Bramble

        Has the good Colonel been elided with the medic who supposedly was the first person to happen upon the Skripals? In the initial reports, the impression was given that she was a Doctor. However, she soon dropped out of sight – to re-emerge as the British army’s chief nurse? I take it, too, that the brave doctor who wrote to the Times attempting to stop the ludicrous avalanche of fictions terrifying the people of Salisbury has also been expunged from the record.

  • nevermind

    Thanks for the reminder not to watch this. I thought we have dealt with this bullshit some time ago. The BBC must feel uncomfortable with this fairy tale, as they show all of it in less than half a week, translated ‘so there it is, accept it and move on’ Hope you are all well.

  • John+A

    A far more interesting drama would be ‘Whither the Skripals?’. Either they are dead, in which case if it were due to the long-term effects of ‘novichok’ the BBC would have parroted that from the top of Nelson’s Column, or eliminated by the US/UK intelligence forces, or they are being kept prisoner/in a protection programme. Even in the case of the latter, actors could speak their lines, or the daughter read a carefully scripted statement that she really really wants to spend the rest of her days with her father and never see Russia, her granny, cousin, dog, fiance etc, ever again.

  • Vivian O'Blivion

    Didn’t watch it and probably won’t. I agree with your assessment that the majority of the British sheeple will probably take this narrative in like mother’s milk. Most of my family and friends think I’m a tinfoil hat wearing loon for doubting the State narrative.
    Is the plan to crowd fund a investigative documentary entirely shelved?

    • Squeeth

      It doesn’t do to denigrate people like that; leave such conceit to the hereditary boss class. The inherent dishonesty of PE COMbbc is not disputed by normal people.

      • Shatnersrug

        Dude, the tories won with an 80 seat majority. Game over. This country is full of fucking morons.

        • Squeeth

          No-one wins a British state election because you can’t win in a rigged system, the northern working class didn’t vote for the Tories (Officials) they voted against Liarbour’s betrayal. Any working class person who votes in a bent election is a fool or a fraud but sometimes there’s a tactical aspect that makes sense.

          • Shatnersrug

            Squeeth. This country has the government it deserves. Spend some time in it and face up to the truth – we make Americans look clever. This country is drunk on its own arrogance. I used to think like you but not now. I’ve heard so much frivolous stupidity spring from the mouths of fellow countrymen and women, and so much jingoistic gobbledegook that I’m absolutely sure that we’re on the road to self destruction. And everyone is guilty.

  • Royd

    I couldn’t believe what I was watching, literally! It was pure propaganda from start to finish and I said as much to my OH. The only interesting thing about it was what was left out. The questions that occurred to me are ‘why now?’. What is it meant to prepare us for? More Russia bashing? More ‘let’s get even closer to the good ol’ USofA? More internet censorship?

    • Bramble

      Obviously NATO is gearing up for ever more hostile gestures towards our supposed “enemies” to the east. More to the point, it is also a distraction from this awful government’s complete failure to effectively protect us from the virus.

  • Ian Robert Stevenson

    Wike entry on Skripal ends
    On 18 May 2018, Sergei Skripal was discharged from the hospital. The Director of Nursing said that further treatment will be provided outside the hospital and that treating the Skripals had been “a huge and unprecedented challenge”.[14]

    On 16 February 2019, The Sunday Times reported, without identified sources, that Sergei Skripal “has suffered a deterioration in his health and is being treated by doctors”.[73]

    On 6 June 2020, The New York Post reported that Sergei and his daughter have been settled in New Zealand under new identities.[74]

    • Johny Conspiranoid

      More likely the Skripals are in Russia which is all Sergei wanted and why he agreed to take part.
      I too don’t believe all this but the Chief Nurse of the army could easily live and shop in Salisbury.

  • 6033624

    Not a medical expert BUT, don’t 99% of Fentanyl overdoses result in death with it being thousands of times more potent than heroin? Naloxone is usually pointless in Fentanyl overdoses, by the time they can inject it they are usually dead.

    He who controls the information controls the nation. And the absolute nonsense that passes for news in this country is very heavily controlled. Our ‘journalists’ no longer fact check and seem happy to take press releases and copy/paste them. The rest of the ‘news’ is taken from the wire services which are themselves sanitised beyond belief. Investigative journalism is now dead and buried but even everyday, normal journalism is gone. Simply mouthpieces and apologists for government they, at most, will print the minimal criticisms espoused by the opposition party. Labour under Starmer are themselves ‘sanitised’ and will be far more compliant even while the BBC says that Starmer is tougher on Boris at PMQs. Starmer, the man who’s push for a second referendum lost Labour the election is now being hailed as the man saving it in a massive revision of recent history to blame Corbyn for everything that the man stood AGAINST.

    Back in the 80s I remember we mocked the USSR for it’s managed propaganda newspaper Pravda and it’s television news. But now we have reached the stage where it’s almost impossible to find REAL and honest journalism. A few blog sites aside where can we find true journalism on our televisions or in print??

    • bevin

      It should not be too difficult to cobble together, by aggregating columnists and bloggers interested in the truth and not being bribed by The Establishment, into a weekly or perhaps daily online organ. Such a thing, if managed with a minimum of competence would soon become necessary reading for all interested in public affairs. It was one of the fatal errors made by the Corbyn people that they made no discernible attempts to provide the Labour Party with a principled socialist news medium. No doubt they hoped, by not doing so, to avoid causing controversy!
      When one considers the splendid work done here, and by Jonathan Cook, Peter Oborne and such bloggers as Philip Roddis. Not to mention Another Angry Voice and Novara. It is clear that there is a vast well of decent, honest and, in the best sense of the word, patriotic journalism being quietly produced. Rescuing it from obscurity and publishing it with some energy and brio would open a new front in the war for democracy.
      On this particular issue Rob Slane at the Blogmire has done some outstanding work.
      And then, of course, there is the scoop machine, wikileaks.
      I think one of the problems that dissent faces in the current situation is that it sometimes seems necessary for bloggers to jump up and down and make idiots of themselves simply to attract attention to their work. And this tends to lead to the survival of the weirdest, those with the most extravagant and improbable conspiracy ideas. For example….

  • John Goss

    “You can watch all three episodes now on BBC iPlayer, but personally I suffer from overactive antibodies to bullshit and need a break.”

    Good line. I am fond of drama and fiction but the whole event was a series of dramatised fictions which took up too much of the country’s valuable time. Like you I share the worrying sentiment that the British public has bought into the poisonings lock, stock and barrel. Unfortunately the British public seems to take pride in wearing its gullibility on its sleeve. I speculate that in the second two episodes, which I cannot think of watching now, two (perhaps three) Russians are going to arrive with a phial of deadly nerve-agent.

  • Steve+Hayes

    And to combat the world’s most deadly nerve agent (eight times more lethal than VX the British nerve agent), Public Health England advised the people of Salisbury to wash their clothes and use baby wipes to decontaminate any hard objects.

    And the boys in the park, who Skripal had given bread to so they could feed the ducks – well the authorities made no attempt to find them for weeks.

    And the ducks, well none of them were harmed either. But the Director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, showed President Trump a photograph of the dead ducks to persuade him to sanction Russia (apparently they persuade him to do stuff like sanction and bomb by showing him pictures).

    There is no way any reasonable person, who was paying attention, could believe the official narrative(s).

    By the way, is there not a D(SMA) Notice re Pablo Miller?

    • Denise

      Steve+Hayes

      Pablo is covered by:

      “Standing Notice 5
      Personnel and their Families who work in Sensitive Positions
      Purpose
      This Notice aims to prevent the inadvertent disclosure of Sensitive Personal Information (SPI) that reveals the identity, location or contact details of personnel (and their family members) who have security, intelligence and/or counter-terrorist duties and/or backgrounds, including members of the UK Security and Intelligence Agencies, MOD and Special Forces.

      Those working in such sensitive positions should be able to do so without there being unnecessary personal risk to them or their family. SPI of such individuals and their family members includes any information that could lead to their identification but in particular includes their images, names and work and home addresses. Disclosure of such details can create risks up to and including endangering their lives.

      Editors
      Editors are requested to seek advice from the DSMA Secretary before disclosing material which may affect the purpose of this Notice. Such material is likely to include (but is not limited to) information which covers the following topics:

      The SPI (including images) of the families and those involved, both directly and indirectly, with defence, security, intelligence and counter-terrorism and;
      Contact details used by the intelligence agencies and Special Forces.”

      https://dsma.uk/standing-notices/

      • Steve+Hayes

        Denise, two separate D(SMA) notices were issued specifically in respect of Pablo Miller, 7 and 14 March 2018, as Craig Murray well knows.

  • Peter

    http://johnhelmer.net/bbc-hides-new-skripal-witness-nicolas-gent-reports-no-skripal-blood-samples-were-received-at-porton-down-before-novichok-was-discovered-and-announced/

    “Gent wrote the blank forms; he reviewed the completed ones after they had arrived at Porton Down and the blood was analysed. He then reported to COBRA (Cabinet Office Briefing Room A).

    But DSTL and the Ministry of Defence have subsequently acknowledged that “our searches have failed to locate any information that provides the exact time that the samples were collected.”

    For Gent to be telling the truth about how the blood samples were documented, and for the Ministry of Defence to be telling the truth that no forms have been found at Porton Down for the Skripal blood samples, leaves only one conclusion. If they aren’t lying, the truth is that no Skripal blood samples were delivered to Porton Down before it was decided that Novichok, made in Russia and used to attack the Skripals, had been found in their bloodstreams.”

  • Phil Williamson

    The following comment (the first from this week’s account!) was deleted from the Guardian’s review of the programme (https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/jun/14/the-salisbury-poisonings-review-novichok-drama-with-lessons-for-now) after enough time had passed for a couple of derogatory replies:

    “The most striking aspect of the “Skripal Affair” is that successive attempts to explain away new evidence or contradictions in the ‘official’ narrative have just resulted in the emergence of new contradictions – the classic sign of an attempt to catch-up as new information enters the public domain. Thankfully, the ability to ‘manage’ incidents and create false narratives is becoming harder in the Internet age.

    A good place to start reading on what might have happened is Craig Murray’s blog: https://duckduckgo.com/?t=ffab&q=skripal+poisonings+-+craig+murray&ia=web.”

    A second post that mentioned your blog was also removed. The surviving comments, in all their reactionary, neo-con “glory”, illustrate just how far to the Right the Guardian has moved.

    • porkpie

      I didn’t bother commenting apart from rather vaguely which is still up. I have been roundly mocked, which i suppose was the point. There was no way your link was going to survive.

  • Martinned

    To his credit, Craig has not deleted his “Russia is a tough place to be gay” tweet: https://twitter.com/CraigMurrayOrg/status/1040338779989585921

    To spare people the click, Craig tweeted: “Plainly they are not being entirely open. Most likely interpretation of that is that they are a gay couple – not a good thing to admit in Russia, sadly – and that they are involved in the dodgy end of the bodybuilding supplements trade.”

    • Republicofscotland

      What relevance is that to the three part ficitious series broadcast by the state propaganda machine?

      • Martinned

        That someone who is so obviously willing to write his own fiction should probably think twice before accusing others of the same sin.

    • Tatyana

      I apologize, but a society that is not used to openly demonstrating gay relationships detects it very quickly.

      The Russian LGBT community stood up for Bashirov and Petrov, e.g.
      https://www.gazeta.ru/lifestyle/style/2018/09/a_11966563.shtml

      Also, comedians composed insulting video, beating the consonance of the Russian words “шпиль” as in “Salisbury church steeple” and the vulgar expression “шпили-вили” as a euphemism for … you know what.

  • Loftwork

    Oh dear. Yes, no doubt staging for another significant bit of anti-Russian policy. We’re probably going to help the Yanks bomb the Russian pipeline laying ship in the Baltic to kill off Nordstream II because, well, it’s the Right Thing To Do, isn’t it?. As to public buy-in to the Skripal fantasy, I think we have to treat the propaganda as a Pons Asinorum – some pass the intelligence test, some don’t. Or as they used to say Stateside, ‘some folks cain’t tell sh-t from shinola’.

  • andyoldlabour

    I took the opportunity to leave the house @ 21:00 hrs last night, in order to pop down to the local shop for a nice bottle of CdR. I knew the programme was on, but decided that my nerves and general demeanour would be sorely tested if I watched it stone cold sober.
    I watched half an hour and it was ridiculous, so many deviations from the supposed chain of (unbelievable) events.
    Sorry BBC but you will not be getting anymore licence money from me.

  • Willie

    A fiction based on a real life incident has always been a good way to influence the natives.

    That’s why we have the BBC.

    And of course a real life incident is always an opportunity to put the blame on someone or something to again keep the natives on side.

    That’s why we have the Police and MI5.

    Thoroughly enjoyed your critique Mr Murray.

  • Phil E

    Couldn’t be arsed to watch what I assumed would be stomach churning propaganda. Thanks for taking another one for the team Craig.

  • Tom74

    A timely reminder of another public health scare, albeit on a much smaller scale than the present one.
    I’m far from convinced the ‘Skipral pooisonings’ were actually conducted by the British. Remember that the incident came at the height of sabre-rattling against Putin and Russia by Washington. There was always the feeling to me that May and Johnson had been put in the picture after the event and were afterwards desperately covering up for others, presumably the Americans.

  • Willie

    And did we not just witness how the poor unlucky sod who snuck into the corner of a statue to have a Jimmy Riddle, as some folks do, was jumped upon to be cast as a national disgrace for urinating on, and not adjacent to a plaque in remembrance of a murdered policeman.

    Just the type of incident to be mis played from the Home Secretary down, the judge who had to acknowledge that he was not widdling on the plaque nevertheless gave him a 14 day prison sentence.

    Political sentencing. You bet. And that I’m afraid is the way our corrupt justice system works.

    • John+A

      Well, I read somewhere that they were going to introduce a prison sentence of 10 years for defacing a statue, so in that respect, he got off lightly with 14 days.

    • Steve

      Next time I’m shopping in a town with no toilets I’ll wear a pair of incontinence pants, better piss myself than get a prison sentence.

      • andyoldlabour

        Steve,

        My thoughts exactly. Meanwhile the baying mob/anarchists who pull down/deface statues (even though I may hate some of the people depicted by said statues) are not arrested. We live in a sick country.

  • Diane+Davidson

    This trilogy of BBC fantasy drama/propaganda was given advance publicity on last Sundays Andrew Marr “show.” A 5 minutes slot where the actress who plays the police officers wife gushed her way through the piece and concluded that the moral of the tale, and reasoning behind airing it now, was that….in the face of a national emergency communities will pull together! Marr – only one of many Westminster yes men at the BBC.

  • Republicofscotland

    This is the way they dupe the public now by using docudramas and films on events, it doesn’t matter to Joe Bloggs about the facts, for most are either too lazy to seek them out or unaware that theres another more truthful version of events out there.

    There are several films, supposedly based on true events, that have done the rounds over the years, I wont name them, that are in my opinion nothing more than reinforcing propaganda tools to dupe the public into believing that, that version of events is the true version when in reality they’re not.

  • Philip Ward

    I decided not to watch what sounds like utter tripe when I heard a snippet on the Radio 4 programme Front Row, claiming that Novichock is invisible when smeared on a table but if left there it would remain lethal for about 50 years (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000jx59 at 32:20). This is utterly barmy: an invisible liquid that doesn’t evaporate, polymerise or otherwise degrade (oxygen, UV light) over 50 years. I’d like the writer or “military advisor” to name one for me.

  • Stevie Boy

    “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth”. – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, stated by Sherlock Holmes.
    The longer this propaganda goes on and the longer the Skripals are held by the UK security services the more probable it seems that the UK Government and Porton Down WERE directly involved in what happened.

    • Stevie Boy

      Why now ?
      1. Soften up the public for the release of the (brainwashed) Skripals …
      2. Soften up the USA for a Trade deal …

  • john dann

    Craig, be patient! It will all be worth watching when, at the finale, the whereabouts of the Skripals are revealed.
    Spoiler: abducted by Martians!!!

  • Fleur

    Quite how you find the time and energy to write such timely antidotes to the propaganda poison of (BBC) State TV – while still dealing with your own persecution via lawfare – is beyond me, but we are all grateful that you do. Ever “Our Man in The Gallery” in the increasingly pathetic dramas of a flailing empire, you are owed a “Noble Prize” for your insightful contribution to documenting history as it unfolds.

  • Joe Mellon

    There is of course the not uninteresting question: “Where are the Skripals now?”.
    Yulia was engaged to be married (to an FSB man), her life and family were in Russia.
    There is no reason to supposed she would be in any danger from the Russian authorities.
    Sergei was an attentive son who contacted his aged mother regularly.
    Not a cheap has been heard from them for a long time.
    No “Dear Mum, it is a bit difficult, love Sergei” delivered over his MI6 minders. Nothing.
    Has MI6 murdered them? Not in the ‘national interest’ James Bond style of course, but more to cover their own sorry, incompetent and compromised rear ends.

  • OnlyHalfALooney

    The most worrying thing to me is the “perfume spray” that almost certainly wasn’t imported Russian agents. Unless the real story is completely different and they had been given the spray by someone in the UK, they therefore wouldn’t have discarded it either.

    No, it seems to me that the spray was meant to look attractive to “bin scroungers” and was meant to poison someone (perhaps just at random). Just one spray would almost guarantee deadly exposure.

    Just think: if you really did want to transport an extremely dangerous nerve agent through customs etc., would you pick a perfume bottle? A perfume bottle might lead to all sorts of questions at the UK customs: “Do you have a girlfriend in the UK?” “Who did you buy the perfume for?” etc., etc. No. Much easier to choose some medicine bottle, contact lens fluid, etc. After all, you only need a minute amount. And a perfume spray is a very unlikely applicator/container in any case. Plastic would also be much safer because much less likely to break if dropped.

    This is besides all the problems with the official story about the “Russian assassins” anyway.

    But this means that premeditated murder is probably involved and I can only guess who the murderers might be.

    • Peter Moritz

      “The reason for Ridley’s cover-up is that the “disclosure material” in the “coronial investigation file” includes Wiltshire police evidence, together with blood and toxicology tests from Salisbury District Hospital; these show Sturgess had taken illegal drugs, the contamination of which caused her death. The Wiltshire police and hospital medical reports were dated more than a week before the authorities claim to have discovered Novichok on the kitchen table at the apartment where Sturgess fell mortally ill.

      The initial police evidence and Coroner Ridley’s later lying about it indicate the British secret services used Sturgess’s corpse to find the weapon missing from their earlier story of the March 4, 2018, attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia Skripal. The Skripals have not been permitted to testify what happened to them; they are being held incommunicado and in secret without access to family, lawyers, the Russian Embassy, or the press…………………………………..
      Newly retrieved Wiltshire police evidence shows that before the Novichok story there was an investigation of criminal drug dealing at the Sturgess-Rowley apartment on the day and night before their admission to hospital; of the takeover of the apartment by drug dealers in what the local police call cuckooing; and of a party of drug dealers and users at which one of those present later accused another of supplying bad drugs and tried to strangle him.”
      http://johnhelmer.net/british-coroner-hides-british-police-evidence-in-the-novichok-case-as-bbc-prepares-to-broadcast-new-lies/

    • Johny Conspiranoid

      OnlyHalfaLooney

      Or else she died of something else altogether and was fitted for Novichock posr-mortem.

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