The Skripal Narrative Continues to Implode

The full recovery of former MI6 double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, currently held by MI6 at an undisclosed location as it negotiates with the CIA to have them resettled to the US with brand new identities, has completely destroyed the British government’s claims that they were poisoned by a “military grade nerve agent” just last month, of which the alleged poison (Novichok) is said to be the most deadly ever developed.

The poison’s alleged application to Sergei Skripal’s front door handle was undiscovered for weeks and completely contradicts the lack of additives found in the substance analysed by the OPCW.

In a letter to the Sunday Times in the wake of the attack, Salisbury hospital medical consultant Dr Stephen Davies wrote that none of the three patients (i.e. the Skripals and PC Bailey) showed symptoms of nerve agent poisoning.

More Novichok poppycock

As reporter Gareth Porter reasons, London’s failure to explain its withholding of intelligence on Russia’s decade-long “novichok program”, e.g. on the grounds that such would endanger the presumed Russian insider source, suggests the confinement of said intelligence to Boris Johnson’s limited imagination. Ditto Britain’s failure to call a challenge inspection which, notes Porter, Russia would have had no choice but to comply with.

No wonder, then, that UK national security adviser Mark Sedwell’s letter to NATO concedes the lack of evidence for the secret program which, we are to believe, managed to dodge a comprehensive OPCW inspection regime that last year certified the 100% destruction of Russia’s entire chemical weapons stockpile: a fact repeated incessantly by that veritable fourth estate called the British media.

Meanwhile, Spiez’s failure to clarify their position in response to Russian claims that they identified it as BZ, merely tweeting their “confidence” in Porton Down’s conclusion that it was Novichok (“Novichok…or a closely related agent” (i.e. any nerve agent), to be precise), suggests conflicting results between the two labs.

Consortium News‘ James O’Neill argues that the “almost complete absence of impurities” (OPCW report) means th&e samples obtained and analysed by the OPCW team were planted hours beforehand by the UK government just hours before the team’s arrival three weeks after the attack, since even VX has a durability of only 2-3 days. Just picture May creeping about like Dr. Frankenstein with her bumbling assistant Boris, helping her plant the evidence in the dead of night.

Now May is screaming, “They’re alive!!!”. One wonders for how long while in MI6 custody…

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Syrian Missile Crisis: Will the Donald kill us all?

If this is really the end, the responsibility will go to Donald Trump and his European poodles beginning with Theresa “novichok” May, as well their accomplices.

This Western missile barrage (which Syria and Russia claim to have 70% intercepted, preventing any casualties minus three injured) follows a tweet by Trump goading Russia into acting on its threat to shoot down any missiles fired at Syria, announcing that American missiles were already on their way following fake news of a chemical attack by Syria’s Assad regime.

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The White Helmets, a veritable Western proxy funded by Washington and London, has planted fake video and photographic evidence amounting to child snuff porn. On the verge of victory against the collapsing Western-backed jihadist insurgency, Damascus had no motive to conduct such an act.

What a US-Russia war would look like

Evil: The atomic bombing of Hiroshima (pictured) and Nagasaki marked the first military use of nuclear weapons

Trump’s predecessor Obama began this failed four-year regime change operation, responsible for hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced. Yet the worse may yet come as the horrors of Syria threaten to go global. Literally.

Let’s clarify what we are talking about here. It is the literal prospect of planetary annihilation. This is no joke.

Historically, the threat of nuclear apocalypse was most pronounced during the Cold War. During that period, it was an uncontroversial consensus that the combined mega-tonnage of US and Soviet nukes would potentially wipe out humanity multiple times over.

This prospect, and the possibility of it manifesting by accident rather than crude design (why, after all, would any power want to blow itself up?), was most pronounced during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

What we face right now is a Syrian Missile Crisis. And this time, it’s not the young, intelligent Kennedy in the White House Situation Room: it’s Donald fucking Trump.

The Geopolitics of Insanity

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If Trump backs down because of Russia’s threat to shoot down any missiles fired at Syria, it will be huge geopolitical gain for Moscow. It would demonstrate to the world that America is no longer the dominant superpower in strict political/economic terms.

If, on the other hand, Putin backs down under the same threat of world war three, he will lose the prestige so crucial to his alpha ego. It would also mean ceding all foreign influence in the Middle East to Western imperialism: without Assad, Russia and Iran are isolated from the strategic energy-rich region: hence Western attempts to salvage its dominance over Middle East oil by enactingl, under the false guise of “humanitarian intervention”, regime change in both countries.

We thus find ourselves at a crossroad of reckless brinksmanship unseen since the Cuban Missile Crisis, in which neither Trump and Putin appear likely to back down. As Noam Chomsky has said, we escaped war in 1962 only because of the wisdom of a Soviet captain – Visal Arkhipov – who chose not to fire his nuclear torpedo in response to US warning depth charges…but we cannot rely on common sense every time humanity comes to the brink of annihilation.

The American masses must rise up and overthrow the capitalist system of war and profit for the 1%: their continued existence and that of the rest of the world may very well depend upon it.

Can The Impending Collapse Of Russiagate Halt The Slide Toward A Nuclear 1914? — peoples trust toronto

Authored by James George Jatras via The Strategic Culture Foundation, In the period preceding the World War I how many Europeans suspected that their lives would soon be forever changed – and, for millions of them, ended? Who in the years, say, 1910 to 1913, could have imagined that the decades of peace, progress, […]

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The Real Factors That Have Driven RussiaGate

A manufactured ‘grand enemy’ that serves to unify a crisis-ridden and divided Western power structure

The manufactured RussiaGate scandal that has engulfed US politics since the election of President Donald Trump has been branded my some as the New McCarthyism. Despite memo after memo, the US Intelligence Committee recently concluded there was no proof of Russian interference in the 2016 election: the suspicion of all those with “a modicum of intelligence” (John Pilger).

It all started with the leakage of DNC emails to Wikileaks, a whistleblowing organisation whose courageous editor-in-chief Julian Assange, currently holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, denied that Moscow was the source, who was more likely a DNC employee disgruntled by the DNC’s replacement of Bernie Sanders with Hilary Clinton, effectively guaranteeing Trump’s victory.

Wikileaks’ Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange: Russian government is not the source for 2016 DNC email leak

Clinton, whose corruption and war crimes were laid bare by the emails’ contents, began to cite Russian President Vladimir Putin as the leak’s source, having “hacked” the DNC’s computer system. An evidently unhinged Hilary threatened (nuclear) war against Russia and China in response to their alleged cyberattacks.

Having previously threatened to “totally obliterate” Iran in response to a hypothetical Iranian missile strike on Israel, Clinton obviously does not extend this right to Iran, victim of cyberwarfare by the Obama administration and Mossad.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress that the RussiaGate story was the conclusion of a dozen agents he handpicked from America’s top three intelligence agencies, not all seventeen as Clinton had claimed during the election campaign. Clapper’s belief that Russians are genetically anti-Western may give an indication as to how random his handpicking was…

It is remarkable that no proof for RussiaGate emerged prior to the election, America being in possession of a global surveillance racket whose exposure by State Department whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013 did not elicit a comparable response from the media and politicians. Oh, well. If saint Obama’s reputation can survive massacring hundreds of children by drone and arming Saudi and Israeli war crimes, it can surely survive an illegal spying program…

RussiaGate has been driven by both domestic and geopolitical factors:

1. Consolidate US elite and public support for the New Cold War

Since the 2014 Ukraine crisis, the world has effectively entered a New Cold War. Profitable as ever for the military industrial complex, the US establishment obviously wants US public opinion on board.

Significantly, even US elite opinion was divided as to whether Russia or China should be prioritised as the chief challenge to US global dominance. Since RussiaGate, however, it seems both nuclear rivals are in Washington’s crosshairs. This is perhaps the most dangerous period since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

2. Criminalize domestic dissent
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The 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement reflected growing anti-capitalist sentiment among the American masses, sentiment bound to increase as police shootings, gun rampages and other social ills increase. As society breaks down, dissent must be silenced.

As Facebook and Google seek to censor real journalism under the guise of curbing “fake news”, the criminalization of dissent as treasonous collaboration with a foreign adversary has clear totalitarian implications. Fascism, said Lenin, is capitalism in crisis.

3. Scapegoat Trump and other societal ills
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Trump capitalised on the anger created by neoliberal deindustrialization, a bipartisan policy the Democrats hope to distract from by blaming a foreign source for his election victory. This obviates critical analysis of the Trump phenomena and externalises the blame, as if it has no roots in American society. Estranged from the Democrats, many of Trump’s rustbelt voters were from former Obama strongholds, who suffered the brunt of job offshoring and infrastructure decay.

By the same token, US politicians are now blaming gun rampages – an expression of societal breakdown courtesy of bipartisan pro-corporatism – on fictional Russian Twitter trolls!

When it becomes increasingly obvious who is really responsible for America’s social ills, namely the ruling 1%, the latter are forced to resort to nonsense that only further reflects the reality they seek to obstruct.

US corporations and Wall Street are the ultimate meddlers in US politics: according to a congressional study, 93% of US elections have been won by the candidate that got the most funding. Millions of dollars are required to get on the ballot, guaranteeing the constant monopoly of the two main bought-and-paid-for parties: the Demopublicans and Republicrats.

Insofar as its economic/strategic interests determine both domestic and foreign policy, this elite also meddles in the blood of US citizens, not to mention that of millions of innocent civilians in the countries targeted by US wars. By the logic of RussiaGate, this is ample grounds for a domestic insurrection. For the American people, the real election meddlers are at home.

Seven Myths You’ve Been Told About Russia

A summary of New Cold War propaganda

1. Poisoned Alexander Litvivenko
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The UK Inquiry was a farce: the evidence was classified and witnesses all anonymous. The conclusion was clearly a politically predetermined one. It was, however, the same poison by which Israel assassinated Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

2. Started the 2008 Georgia-South Ossetia conflict
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An European Council investigation found that, despite excessive force by Russia during the course of the war, Georgia – led by a NATO-aspiring puppet of the Bush administration – had started it by attacking South Ossetia in an attempted Western-backed annexation. This contradicts the mass media narrative in the West and demonstrates the hypocrisy of the next lie.

3. Started the Ukraine crisis
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For 200 years, the Crimean port of Sebastopol has been home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, which bears historical, cultural and strategic significance for Russia.

By treaty, Russia could keep a maximum of 25,000 troops at the naval base. The viciously anti-Russian regime in Kiev, brought to power by an illegal US-engineered coup the previous February, may well have canceled this lease and evicted the Russian fleet from Crimea, replacing it with a NATO base right on Russia’s doorstep. This prompted Putin’s “invasion”.

In a subsequent referendum overseen by international observers, the majority-Russian population of Crimea overwhelmingly voted for reunification with their Russian motherland, having previously sought to through earlier referendums without success.

4. Shot down MH17

The claim that Russia had supplied the eastern Ukraine rebels with the BUK missile system that ended up downing MH17 was never proven. It has not even been proven that the rebels did it: the Dutch Safety Board’s identification of the weapon as a Buk was flawed and witnesses interviewed by BBC Russia saw MH17 tailored by Ukrainian fighter jets (the real culprit according to analysis by a retired German commercial pilot) just minutes before it was downed. The Russian MoD corroborated this by disclosing radar data.

The Americans have never disclosed their alleged radar data proving separatist responsibility, while Kiev ATC’s decision to divert the low-flying jetliner over a war zone has never been adequately explained. Live Twitter feeds by ATCer “Carlos” say that Ukraine shot it down and subsequently took over the ATC tower.

There are many websites, blogs and Youtube videos forwarding both sides of the MH17 responsibility debate.

5. State-sponsored doping of Russian athletes
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The ban was based solely on the McLaren report, whose flaws are outlined by Consortium News’ Rick Sterling:

-It relied primarily on the testimony of one person, the former Director of Moscow Laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, who was implicated in extorting Russian athletes for money and was the chief culprit with strong interest in casting blame somewhere else.

-It accused Russian authorities without considering their defense and contrary information.

-It excluded a written submission and documents provided by a Russian authority.

-It failed to identify individual athletes who bemefited but instead cast suspicion on the entire team.

-It ignored the statistical data compiled by WADA which show Russian violations to be NOT exceptional.

-It failed to provide the source for quantitative measurements.

-It claimed to have evidence but failed to reveal it.

Sterling further observes that the “whistleblowing” Stepanovs were themselves involved in doping and therefore had bias in pushing blame higher up the ladder to the Russian state. They now live in the US, suggesting possible political bias too.

6. Interfered in the US presidential election
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Perhaps the most outrageous allegation yet and the bogus pretext behind the so-called RussiaGate scandal, referred to by some as the New McCarthyism and whose realreal agenda is to solidify US elite and public opinion against Russia.

When it comes to hard evidence, the ludicrous claim that Putin put Trump in the White House is predictably lacking:
having reviewed one “bombshell” report after another, the House on US Intelligence finally concluded that there was no proof of Russian interference.

During the 2016 election campaign, Trump’s Democratic opponent Hilary Clinton claimed that all seventeen US intelligence agencies had concluded that Russia hacked into the DNC computer system. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper later clarified that this was only the conclusion of agents he had handpicked from the three umbrella agencies, not all seventeen. Clapper probably handpicked fellow Russiophobes: Russians, he believes, are “almost genetically” anti-Western!

For broader analysis debunking the RussiaGate story, go to consortiumnews.com

7. Poisoned the Skripals
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The UK High Court ruled that “the [blood] samples tested positive for the presence of Novichok class nerve agent, or a closely related agent“. The latter phrase could refer to literally any nerve agent, of which most were developed in Germany and the UK, not Russia.

The formula for Novichok has been in the public domain since 2008 and the nerve agent has been successfully developed by Cuba and Iran. Since 1992, the Americans have been assisting Uzbekistan shut down the old Soviet plant that allegedly produced it. London’s claim that only the Russians had access to Novichok is therefore a demonstrable lie.

Why Russia would poison this man eight years since his pardoning, much less on the eve of its presidential election and three months before hosting the World Cup, is anyone’s guess. Why the West would want to poison this man in order to convince the UN to authorise a US invasion of Syria, where its regime change operation is collapsing rapidly, is every thinking person’s strong suspicion. Russia and Damascus had just uncovered a chemical weapons factory in East Ghouta, the last stronghold of a fledging Western-backed terrorist insurgency.

For more critical analysis of the Skripal case, go to off-guardian.org

Why the West is against Russia and China

Here’s more shit for your face.

Such is how former US President Bill Clinton recalled his relationship with Russia’s first post-Soviet President Boris Yeltsin, an unscrupulous drunk who oversaw his country’s shock transition to free market capitalism.

Yeltsin’s imposition of the IMF’s “shock therapy” measures, assisted by Clinton-sponsored academics led by Harvard’s Jeffrey Sachs, spelt disaster for the Russian people: 30% were plunged into poverty, most of their savings were wiped out by hyperinflation sparked by the removal of price controls, the GDP halved and crime and corruption soared. As Clinton preached the wonders of capitalism during a speech in Moscow, people froze to death in the streets: American beneficence at its finest.

The Western press praised Yeltsin as Russia’s first democrat. Putin, by contrast, is given pariah status by the same press today, which never extends its self-righteous hysteria against Russia – by now bordering on the psychotic – to Western ally Saudi Arabia for its stoning of gays, much less its largely unreported slaughter of Yemeni women and children with American and British supplied weaponry.

Where in the West do you hear that Putin has presided over a record reduction in Russian poverty? Yeltsin did the opposite and was praised. Putin’s unforgivable sin has been to pull Russia from the chaos of the Yeltsin era and restore the country’s sovereignty.

Eurasia: The Grand Imperial Prize

With its huge geographic size and strategic location, a powerful and sovereign Russia poses a direct challenge to America’s dominance over Eurasia, home to much of the world’s markets and resources: the ‘Grand Chessboard’ concept developed during the 1990s by the late godfather of global jihadism Zbniew Brzezinski.

From the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation to the BRICS alliance to the Eurasian Economic Union, Russia has formed an eastern sphere of influence with China and Iran that undercuts America’s post-WWII hegemony. Like Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, the aforementioned nations are poised to stop trading in the dollar. China has just announced the “petro-yuan”.

The US is determined to maintain its unipolar order and reverse the new multipolar dawn by a desperate gunpoint strategy: seizing on “Russian aggression” in Ukraine, NATO has carried out the biggest buildup on Russia’s borders since WWII, generating over sixty near-miss incidents with Russian forces. Any one of these incidents could have sparked a terminal nuclear war.

In response to China’s military and (enormous) economic rise, Washington’s “Pivot to Asia” has sought to redeploy 60% of US naval and air assets to the Asia Pacific by 2020. In the event of war, the Pentagon’s “AirSea Battle” plan envisages huge missile strikes on China and a naval blockade of her economic chokepoints in the South China Sea, where US incursions to challenge Beijing’s articial airstrips have raised the spectre of a devastating conflagration.

The Historic Crisis of Imperialism

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Fifteen years ago last month, the Middle East was plunged into chaos by the illegal invasion of Iraq. Like the Nazi attack on Poland in 1939, “Shock and Awe” was a textbook case of the crime of aggression, described at Nuremberg as the worst of all crimes because it is responsible for, and hence encompasses, all the evil consequences that follow.

A million deaths later, we have seen a failed Western regime change operation in Syria, where Assad’s ouster would isolate growing Russian and Iranian influence in the Middle East. Having failed to transform Iraq and Afghanistan into strategic outposts and reassert its control over the energy markets of the Middle East and Central Asia, the West is desperate to salvage its declining hegemony.

Impunity has emboldened the war criminals: today, fabricated WMD lies are directed not against defenceless Iraq but nuclear-armed Russia. Washington’s determination to sustain a dying unipolar order portends an even greater, perhaps terminal, calamity for the great mass of humanity. Unless, for its own sake and that of its children, it finally awakens from its long slumber.

Skripal Poisoning: Russian Hit or Western False Flag?

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has sought to exploit the incident in Salisbury as a ‘Falklands moment’ to save her lame duck premiership. A Corbyn government is a very real prospect at the next election and, for the ruling elite, a terrifying one.

Cui Bono?

A Member of Parliament on the investigative committee, speaking anonymously, told America’s Newsweek: “One thing that makes me cautious is that it’s just an incredibly dumb thing to do right now. Russia is on its best behaviour before the World Cup…. This was done in such a public manner. For Putin, there’s nothing but damage from this”[].

Former UK ambassador to Russia Andrew Wood concurred to The Guardian: “it’s very hard to see what profit they can get from this”[].

The West, on the other hand, has much to gain from this event: not only to get the UN to authorise its plan to invade Syria[] and salvage what’s left of its seven-year campaign to topple the Assad regime (having just liberated what was the last remaining Western-backed terrorist stronghold, East Ghouta[], where both Assad and the Russian MoD uncovered a factory for an imminent false flag chemical operation to legitimate US intervention[]), but to (unsuccessfully) undermine Putin’s re-election and even engineer a boycott of the Russian-hosted World Cup in three months’ time: for the West, an intolerable opportunity for Russia to bolster its image on the international stage while it helps China and Iran counter the Anglo-American unipolar order ().

Finally, the incident serves to distract from and perhaps even reverse Brexit, a blow to imperialism and the potential cause of the UK Tory Party’s collapse. And of course, this incident happened to occur on the eve of Bill Browder’s “fake news” testimony before parliament[].

Skripal was pardoned by Russia in 2010 as part of a big spy swap with Britain. If Russia wanted to kill him, why has it taken them eight years to do so? Even if Russia had done this kind of thing before (Litvivenko doesn’t count – the recent UK Inquiry was an utter farce[]), that would only provide a template for false flag operatives.

Novichok: WMD Lies

The UK High Court ruling on March 22 confirmed that “the [blood] samples tested positive for the presence of a novichok class nerve agent or a closely related agent“[]. Porton Down’s head Gary Aitkenhead reiterated this to Sky News, emphasizing that the lab could not determine the precise source of the agent[].

The phrase “or a closely related agent” could literally refer to any nerve agent, most of which were originally developed in Germany and the UK, not Russia. As former UK ambassador to Russia Craig Murray has said, this is “irrefutable evidence” that the British government has been lying.

Murray provides the following intriguing account of the hitherto murky identification process:

I have now received confirmation from a well placed FCO source that Porton Down scientists are not able to identify the nerve gas as being of Russian manufacture, and have been resentful of the pressure being placed on them to do so. Porton Down would only sign up to the formulation “of a type developed by Russia” after a rather difficult meeting where this was agreed upon as a compromise formulation.

Novichok is said to be 3-8 times deadlier than VX, notes blogger MoonofAlabama, of which one drop alone will kill a person. Yet the Skripals are still fighting for their lives in hospital. It took nearly a week for Public Health to issue a safety advice – wash your hands and wet-wipe personal items – to those who visited the restaurant[]. Contrary to remarks by its scientific adviser Ian Boyd, Defra has declared Salisbury “safe for residents and visitors”[].

Even if it was novichok that was used, moreover, that still would not prove Russian responsibility:

*Last year, the Organisation for Prohibiting Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed the destruction of Russia’s entire stockpile of chemical weapons[].

*UK weapons experts have told The New Scientist‘s Debora MacKenzie that, since the scientific publication of its formula in 1992, several countries have been capable of developing Novichok[]. The Soviet dissident who first disclosed the existence of novichok also reproduced its formula in his 2008 book State Secrets.

*According to a leaked WMD study by US private intelligence firm Stratfor, Cuba has successfully developed novichok[].

*In 2016, Iran successfully developed novichok, in full cooperation with the Organisation for Prohibiting Chemical Weapons (OPCW)[].

*The Americans have been assisting Uzbekistan in shutting down the very Soviet chemical plant that produced novichok[].

*In 1995, Russian banker Ivan Kivelidi was poisoned by Russian criminals using Novichok, having purchased it (complete with instructions) from Leonid Rink, head of the former Soviet lab that produced it. Rink’s stock, which he kept in his garage after the USSR dissolved, fell into the hands of other crime syndicates, the investigation learned[].

*In last November’s episode of a UK TV drama produced by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox, a Russian scientist poisons people using novichok: the obvious inspiration for May’s story[].

The government’s Porton Down laboratory, moreover, is just eight miles from Salisbury and is not unfamiliar with testing biochemical weapons on UK citizens: Gruinard Island (1942), Lyme Bay (1963-75) and postwar sarin gas testing on UK servicemen to name a few examples.

Vlad Pasechnik, a Soviet biowarfare expert who worked at Porton Down following his defection in 1989, died in Salisbury in 2001, a year after his retirement[]. Perhaps MI6 was worried about him leaking the fact that the lab had been secretly resuming its production of nerve gas, the cause of multiple fatal accidents among its employees[<, since its official end in 1989 (the year he began there, placing him in a good position to know)[].

Who is Sergei Skripal?

Skripal was a double agent for MI6, not a defector: he was sentenced by Russia in 2006 and pardoned in 2010.

The Daily Telegraph reports that he was a close associate of Salisbury-based Pablo Miller, a known MI6 recruiter of Russians and ongoing security consultant for Orbis Business Group, the firm behind the RussiaGate ‘Steele dossier’. The latter connection was suspiciously removed from his Linkedin account even before the Telegraph article was published[].

Based on the above link between Skripal and Miller, Consortium News’ James O’Neill has hypothesized that Skripal may have assisted the Steele dossier and was poisoned for threatening to talk amidst the current implosion of RussiaGate.

The unprecedented integration of the Deep State and the Democrats (see The CIA takeover of the Democrats, wsws.org) in response to Trump lends credence to O’Neill’s hypothesis, not to mention the CIA’s long and bloody history of covert terror and assassination[].

Summary

1. If Russia wanted revenge for Skripal’s treason, they would have killed him during his jail term or during the eight years since his pardoning.

2. Russia is hardly likely to have done this three months before it hosts the World Cup AND ten days before the presidential election. As the main beneficiary, this makes the West the prime suspect.

3. The identification of the substance used as novichok is murky and clearly based on last November’s episode of a UK TV drama. Even if true, it would not prove Russian responsibility in the least. It is not inconceivable that some ex-Soviet states, especially the ultra-Russiophobic ones like Poland and Ukraine (the latter, rather than Russia, may have been behind the MH17 shootdown), have retained novichok.

4. German newspaper Der Spiegel cites a senior German official as saying that the documents the UK has shared with German intelligence provide “no definitive proof that the Russian state was behind the attack”[].

5. Skripal may have been involved in drawing up the Steele dossier and was threatening to spill the beans amidst RussiaGate’s current implosion, providing a motive for the Deep State to bump him off.

For real news analysis of the Skripal poisoning, go to off-guardian.org.