“This gentleman, Skripal, had already been punished. He was arrested, sentenced and then served time in prison. He received his punishment. For that matter, he was off the radar. Why would anybody be interested in him? He got punished. He was detained, arrested, sentenced and then spent five years in prison. Then he was released and that was it.”
President Vladimir Putin (June 27 2019)
June 28 2019 — I have long argued that the Skripal Affair could be part of Russiagate and that the Spygate investigation may very well reveal the Novichok narrative as a complete fabrication. Perhaps, Putin just gave us an interesting clue. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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UPDATE (June 28 2020) — Let us make it clear. Except for the usual presstitutes, no one believes that story.
I enjoyed a comment posted in the NZ Herald today about the alleged relocation of the Skripals in New Zealand.
Massey University intelligence and counter terrorism expert, John Battersby, said the re-emergence of the report the Skripals are in New Zealand may be far less a case of calculated espionage as speculated.
“Most likely of all, it’s germinated in idle speculation resulting in the quaint old romantic notion of desperate fugitives escaping to the far ends of the earth to live out their days in obscurity,” Battersby said.
“Suddenly there is a mystery, which we all like, and a story based on nothing at all. Those who actually know will not say if it is true or not, and the rest of us who don’t know, cannot say for sure it isn’t. As an academic I work with tangible evidence – there isn’t any here, just a self-perpetuating rumour using itself as evidence to persist. It survives merely because no one can prove it isn’t true.”
For those too young to remember, the same ‘journalists’ wrote that the Lockerbie top witness had been relocated from Malta to Australia. It was of course pure fantasy!
END of UPDATE
No one who has looked into the Skripals’ case in any detail can possibly be satisfied that the account given by the UK Government and The Metropolitan Police is correct.
The narrative put out by the Metropolitan Police is not simply questionable, it is plain impossible.
In an interview with The Financial Times on Thursday (June 27 2019), President Vladimir Putin made a few points regarding the Skripals’ Affair.
“Listen, all this fuss about spies and counterspies, it is not worth serious interstate relations. This spy story, as we say, it is not worth five kopecks. Or even five pounds, for that matter.
And the issues concerning interstate relations, they are measured in billions and the fate of millions of people. How can we compare one with the other?
The average person listens and says, “Who are these Skripals?”
And it turns out that Skripal was engaged in espionage against us [Russia]. So this person asks the next question, “Why did you spy on us using Skripal?
Maybe you should not have done that?” You know, these questions are infinite. We need to just leave it alone and let security agencies deal with it.
As a matter of fact, treason is the gravest crime possible and traitors must be punished.
I am not saying that the Salisbury incident is the way to do it. Not at all. But traitors must be punished.
This gentleman, Skripal, had already been punished. He was arrested, sentenced and then served time in prison. He received his punishment.
For that matter, he was off the radar. Why would anybody be interested in him? He got punished. He was detained, arrested, sentenced and then spent five years in prison. Then he was released and that was it.”
I find the words “For that matter” quite interesting. Allow me to explain…
First, Putin is saying that Skripal committed a crime for which he was tried, found guilty and jailed. He was then released and justice was done in that matter. And thus, Russia had no further interest in him.
It could be argued that Putin is hinting that Skripal committed another “crime”, distinct from the Treason case.
Of course, it would still not explain why the Russians would try to kill Skripal with a Novichok nerve agent.
But it would explain why the Russian Intelligence Services had a renewed interest for him and, possibly, his daughter.
I believe, today more than ever, that this Novichok story — like the alleged chemical attacks in Syria — is a carefully constructed drama to push Russia in a corner and justify Western foreign policies in various places such as Ukraine, Iran and Syria.
Putin says Skripal poisoning story not worth a dime — TASS Russian News Agency
The Skripal Affair — Putin : “The Skripal poisoning narrative is not worth a dime.”
One Year Ago — Putin : “The Skripal poisoning narrative is not worth a dime.”