“That quantity – a range from slightly less than a quarter-cup to a half-cup of liquid – is significantly larger than the amount that would be created in a laboratory for research purposes, meaning that it was almost certainly created for use as a weapon.”
Ahmet Üzümcü — Head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
Ahmet Üzümcü — the head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) — told New York Times journalists that as much as 50-100 grams of liquid nerve agent was used in the attack on the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal — and his daughter Yulia — in Salisbury. This false information was gullibly reported by the MSM until corrected by the OPCW! Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
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Maria Zakharova — the Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman — was quick to point out that the statement was utterly ridiculous.
“Üzümcü has made a sensational statement that 50-100g of some substance was allegedly used to poison the Skripals.
According to expert estimations, 50-100g of a toxic agent such as the one Great Britain has been referring to would be enough to poison not just two people but everyone in the surrounding neighbourhood.
However, the two people in question managed to survive and recover, the British authorities say.”
Obviously, Üzümcü grossly exaggerated the amount of novichok used . The error has been blamed on a miscommunication.
But it appears that the OPCW Director intended to demonstrate that such large amount could not have been created in a laboratory for research purposes.
In other words, Üzümcü concluded that such large amount had almost certainly been manufactured for use as a weapon.
On Friday (May 4 2018), the OPCW issued the following correcting statement.
OPCW Spokesperson’s Statement on Amount of Nerve Agent Used in Salisbury
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 4 May 2018
In response to questions from the media, the OPCW Spokesperson stated that the OPCW would not be able to estimate or determine the amount of the nerve agent that was used in Salisbury on 4 March 2018.
The quantity should probably be characterised in milligrams.
However, the analysis of samples collected by the OPCW Technical Assistance Visit team concluded that the chemical substance found was of high purity, persistent and resistant to weather conditions.
Grams or milligrams? OPCW mixes up suspected amounts of nerve agent used in Salisbury
OPCW Spokesperson’s Statement on Amount of Nerve Agent Used in Salisbury — OPCW
Chemical weapons watchdog amends claim over Salisbury novichok — Guardian
Skripals poisoned by novichok dose of up to 100g, watchdog says — Guardian
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