August 30 2018 — In matters of espionage and National Security, no one covers the news better than the BBC or the Guardian. Day after day, their “presstitutes” will cover the truth under layers of lies until their readers can no longer tell which way is up. The Lockerbie affair is a case in point. The Skripals’ story is another first-rate example. The official narrative is beginning to look a lot like a Picasso painting from his surrealism period, although without the master’s genius. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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UPDATE (July 4 2021) — Many people have lost their head over this really bizarre story.
In the case of the Guardian’s journalists, I am not convinced it was a huge weight lifted off their shoulders.
But at least the famous painting of Picasso which I had used to illustrate the madness of the official account of the Skripals’ saga has been recovered.
Picasso’s “Woman’s Head” was stolen during a heist at the Athens National Gallery in 2012.
The painting was found hidden at a gorge on the outskirts of the city. Another painting by Dutch painter Piet Mondrian was also recovered.
The value of Picasso’s “Woman’s Head” is estimated at around €16.5 million ($19.6 million).
In 1949, Picasso offered this painting to to the National Gallery in recognition of the country’s resistance to Nazi Germany.
On the back, Picasso wrote: “For the Greek people, a tribute by Picasso”.
PS — The Storm on the Sea of Galilee by Rembrandt (1633) is still missing…
END of UPDATE
UPDATE (August 30 2019) — No one who has looked into the 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.
I believe that this affair 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.
Who really tried to assassinate Sergei Skripal? And why?
Frankly, it would not surprise me a bit if we discover one day — 50 years from now? — that a Western Intelligence agency was feeding Skripal with a mix of information and disinformation regarding the alleged Trump-Russia collusion, knowing full well that this report would eventually end up at the FBI.
If true, that agency has played Steele, and therefore the FBI, like a skripka.
END of UPDATE
On March 4 2018, Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found almost unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury. The UK government immediately alleged that they were poisoned with a nerve agent — Novichok — that could only have been produced in Russia.
Mark Urban — BBC Diplomatic and defence editor — has covered the Skripals case. In May 2018, Urban interviewed the Salisbury Medical staff who treated the Skripals and the BBC produced a documentary : Skripals doctor: ‘We expected them not to survive’.
The documentary was truly suspicious and one was left wondering why Mark Urban had been chosen to present the piece.
Urban is a former military officer whose contacts seem to be entirely in military and other intelligence services. Most experts would have expected some other BBC journalist to run that piece.
The first clue came on July 4 2018 when we learned that “diplomatic editor” Mark Urban had met with Russian spy & MI6 asset Sergei Skripal on a number of occasions in 2017.
That is right. Mark Urban was investigating the Skripals’ case before there was a Skripals’ case! News before it is news, indeed…
As a young man, Mark Urban served in the Royal Armoured Corps. One of his “Brothers in Arms” was a certain Pablo Miller. Does that ring a bell?
Pablo Miller — who lives near Salisbury where the poisoning attack took place — was a MI6 officer.
Miller recruited Sergei Skripal as a high-level asset. Skripal was eventually caught, convicted, imprisoned and later pardoned and exchanged for Anna Chapman and other Russian spies who had been arrested in the US.
In the aftermath of the Skripal incident, the UK government moved quickly to ‘protect’ the identity of Pablo Miller. On March 7, a DSMA-Notice 05 (Personnel and their Families who work in Sensitive Positions) was issued to all UK editors.
[A DSMA-Notice is an official request to news editors not to publish or broadcast items on specified subjects for reasons of national security.]
Nevertheless, we learned that Pablo Miller worked with Christopher Steele — another MI6 officer — at “Orbis Business Intelligence”, the company that compiled the controversial dossier on Donald Trump and Russia.
A D-Notice was already issued against British journalists revealing the identity of Christopher Steele.
[The use of a D-Notice is not a rare event. But it is not used very frequently either. I believe that a couple of such notices have been issued annually on average in the UK over the last ten years. And we KNOW that at least three of these notices were issued in connection with the Skripal and Orbis stories.]
The BBC and the Guardian lost no time in confusing the issue. On March 8, BBC Gordon Corera tweeted that his sources were certain that no link exists between Skripal and Orbis or Christopher Steele.
On the same day, Guardian journalist Luke Harding suggested that Miller never worked for Orbis.
These claims were obviously untrue. Pablo Miller had listed his employment by Orbis Business Intelligence on his LinkedIn profile. [This piece of information was quickly deleted.]
The Orbis research on Trump was contracted by a US company — Fusion GPS — and paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Convention.
From late 2016 to early 2017, Christopher Steele had repeated contact — with the FBI’s knowledge and approval — with a U.S. Justice Department official named Bruce Ohr, whose wife works for the opposition-research firm Fusion GPS — the firm that hired Steele to research Trump’s Russia ties.
PS: I understand that Philip Cross has already edited the Wikipedia page of Mark Urban.
You may want to read this post: Wikipedia & the Spooks — The Remake? [Update : ‘Philip Cross’ Identified?]
Specifically, on July 5 2018, Philip Cross deleted the fact that Mark Urban was an ‘orientalist’. To justify the edit, Cross wrote that : ” ‘orientalist’ can be a form of disparagement.”
Definition — “Orientalism” is a way of seeing that imagines, emphasizes, exaggerates and distorts differences of Arab people and cultures as compared to that of Europe and the U.S. It often involves seeing Arab culture as exotic, backward, uncivilized, and at times dangerous.
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