Who Killed Sergei Skripal?

British Prime Minister Theresa May addresses Parliament and says, “It is highly likely that Russia was responsible for the act against Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal.”

Let us imagine another scenario whose probability might be as high as the scenario painted by May.

With the oligarchs of the world itching to start a war with Russia, suppose they hatch a plot to arouse the common people to insist on a war.

In Salisbury, England there is former British-Russian spy Sergei Skripal. After having been sent to prison in Russia for his spying, he is living in England because he was swapped in a British spy trade with Russia.

It’s been five years since he came to England, and about 20 years since he spied for the British. His daughter has returned to Russia to live there peacefully with no reprisals from the Russian government. The British have no use for him anymore. He is just an expense that they have to pay to keep him happy.

The plotters enlist the help of the British spy agency MI6 to poison Sergei Skripal, but pin the blame on Vladimir Putin, the head of the Russian Federation. They come up with a scheme where Skripal will be poisoned in his new home town, but there will be no signs of a poisoner anywhere near the scene of the crime.

The plot starts at the Detection Laboratory at the UK’s only chemical weapons facility at Porton Down where the plotters get the nerve agent Novichoks, reputedly to have been developed by the Russians in the 1970s.

The plotters know that although Sergei Skripal is leading a comfortable life in Salisbury, he still misses Russia. They find that his daughter, Yulia, is planning to visit her father in Salisbury. They get a box of Russian chocolates and insert the nerve agent into the pieces of candy.

The plotters find a person in Russia who Yulia trusts, and get the box of chocolates to that person. He gives the box of chocloates to Yulia to share with her father as a nostalgic reminder of Russia.

Yulia brings the box of chocolates to England in her luggage. Yulia and Sergei go out for a night on the town. After a nice meal at a restaurant, Yulia pulls out the nice surprise she has for her father. They both eat a piece of Russian made chocolates. Need I say any more?

March 20, 2018

CNN has the article Former Soviet chemist shares details of the nerve agent Novichok.

One of the many outstanding questions about the Skripal incident is how Novichok could have been administered and what form it came in. “An attacker should be very well educated and a trained person,” Mirzayanov said, adding the nerve agent could be “produced before the attacks, a couple of minutes before. After that it is ready to use” and could come in a spray form.

According to the CNN article, the British police seem to be worried that the sites where the incident took place might still be contaminated. I take that to mean that the above mentioned method of application does not preclude the preparation of the nerve agent in Russia and being carried to England in something like a box of chocolates.

If the agent had been sprayed, I would have thought that there would have been witnesses. Also, I would think that a spray attack would bring about collateral damage. I would also think the attacker would have to be well and obviously protected against the collateral damage. If all this is so obvious, why didn’t CNN ask about other methods of attack.

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