Craig Murray, blogger and the UK’s ex-ambassador to Uzbekistan, revealed that UK and NATO have attempted to “step up the Cold War” with Russia, but they failed. As Porton Down scientists revealed that they didn’t identified the Russian source of nerve agent used in the Skripals’ poisoning, Theresa May’s Government faced a defeat.
Murray said “a fortnight ago sources inside the Foreign and Commonwealth Office told him they were ‘under pressure’ to say it was made in Russia” but they knew they were unable to do so.
Murray also added that: “What we have seen today is news management because the Government had to get over the hurdle the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will shortly be telling people there is no evidence this came from Russia.
“The Government decided for damage limitation it was best Porton Down came out and said that first. We will see careful news management over the next day or two,” he continued.
According to Porton Down scientists, “a state” was likely to be behind the attack, because of the complexity of the agent. However, Murray believed something different. “The probably in the statement is very important, there are many people including David Colum, professor of organic chemistry at Cornell University, who says it’s just not true it has to be a state and any of his senior students could make it,” said Murray.
“If you watch the interview, the sentence where he says it would probably need a state to make it is tacked on to the end. If you look closely, not only has the shot changed, the camera and tripod have actually moved. I strongly suspect government handlers who would have been in that room watching him were unhappy with his interview and wanted something which implicated Russia more, so added a bit onto the end,” he continued.