Introduction by the Senior Editor
The current situation, American threats against Russia over Syria, with Nikki Haley and her incessant lying about Syrian Army “gas attacks,” we are entering a period that can only be described as “toxic.”
The real professionals, a lonely crew indeed, look at events such as the Skripal poisoning and ask, “why now” or “why him?” Then they ask “why Russia?
What comes from this is a broader look at events, the upcoming Russian election and a third force appears, one working to push America and Russia into mutual suicide.
We then focus on who, and the who is simple. Israel. … Gordon
[UPDATE: It is a few days since I wrote this article, and since then Theresa May has issued a threat to Russia to explain how a Russian nerve agent turned up in Britain; the deadline for answering this demand is midnight GMT tonight, just five hours from now.
No indication has been given what actions the British govt might take should the Russians not provide satisfactory explanations; neither is there any indication that the Russians have any intention of being pushed around by a country they see as pretty much a powerless lap dog of the Americans.
All this anti-Russian nonsense leaves me both furious and a little frightened as I sense that the ultimate goal of the demonisation of Russia is to start a war and the ultimate purpose of poisoning a Russian ex-spy on the streets of a quiet rural English town is to sell the idea to the British sheeple that the Russian regime is evil and must be opposed.
Amidst all the talk of boycotting the upcoming World Cup in Russia, of banning Russian broadcasters such as RT, it feels like we are living in 1938, that Theresa May is being set up as the new Neville Chamberlain while Boris Johnson is waiting in the wings to be called on to emulate his great hero Winston Churchill and become inspirational war leader. Ian]
by Ian Greenhalgh
Already, a lot of nonsense and outright disinfo has been written about the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter and it’s only been a week since it happened. Some of the disinfo is laughable and easily dismissed, useful idiots being used to spout the usual lies, mostly blaming Russia.
Most prominent among them is Britain’s arch-Zionist disgrace of a Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson who went so far in a speech to Parliament to call the Russians ‘malign’ and issue a thinly-veiled threat of ‘consequences’.
The British Government’s Response
In parliament earlier this week, in response to a question from Tory MP Jack Lopresti, who asks how the government categorises cyber attacks from Russia on Britain’s critical infrastructure and whether they are “nuisances” or “acts of war”, the blustering Boris replied:
“I increasingly think that we have to categorise them as acts of war, and that means that we need to elaborate a new doctrine of response and a new doctrine of deterrence as well, and we certainly are. That is one of the conclusions that we took in the NSC a few months ago.”
(The NSC is the “National Security Council” – a British cabinet committee named according to United States convention, cf. the “Supreme Court”.)
One anonymous British blogger known only as ‘_N’ wrote a rather prescient retort to the Boris bluster that I felt was worth quoting in full:
Does the idiot Johnson know what a “doctrine” is? Does he know how long they take to formulate and how long a time period they govern? Does he realise how hopeless the British government is looking, given that it took the view “a few months ago” that a foreign power was carrying out acts of war against Britain, but, don’t worry, they’re aware that they need to find themselves a new “doctrine”, and they’re on the job?
As for “increasingly think”, he’s not supposed to be at a fucking debating society or at a high table somewhere. He’s supposed to be the foreign minister. He’s been asked in parliament whether Britain is at war or not.
Boris Johnson is personally probably too off his head on cocaine to understand any of what’s going on – he can talk the talk, or at least he can do the facial gestures, but he hasn’t got a clue how to walk the walk – but consider what such guff says about the government as a whole. I mean not just the bunch of backhander-taking pricks in the cabinet, but both them and the permanent government of this country.
Steering wheel? What’s a steering wheel? Chop chop. Snort.
While I can neither confirm or deny the cocaine use, I fully agree that Boris’s incompetent handling of this affair and his embarrassing belligerent rhetoric makes the British government – both the public-facing ‘middle management’ lead by Theresa May and the unseen, permanent elite power structure that really holds the reins of power, look like they have little idea what is going on and even less of a clue how to manage this affair.
They just stick to the same old tack of demonising Russia, seemingly bereft of any other thoughts on how to proceed.
Since Boris uttered his anti-Russian rhetoric, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Prime Minister Theresa May have piled on too, joining in with the choruses of ‘blame the evil Russians’. Eventually some very weak ‘we have identified the nerve agent as being Russian’ excuses for the belligerent stance towards Moscow were issued.
I’m not sure I believe they have identified anything as Russia, and even if they have, we all know that Russian weapons have been sold and stolen since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991; particularly from ex-Soviet republics such as Georgia and Ukraine.
The Lugar bio-weapons lab in Tblisi, Georgia has been identified as the source of much of the biological weapons that have been found in the hands of Islamic State, with Ukraine, Turkey and Israel all deeply implicated in their smuggling to Syria and their eventual use.
It is telling to note that not one single media voice has uttered one word about any possibility of anyone other than Russia being behind this poisoning, from the get-go and without cessation since, they have all, in unison, assumed without questioning, that Russia is responsible; our co-opted and compliant, self-censoring media doing what it does best – toeing the official line. I hasten to add, not one shred of evidence that Russia has had any involvement has been forthcoming…
Who was Sergei Skripal?
Sergei Skripal was a colonel in the GRU – Russian military intelligence who was convicted of spying for Britain in the 1990s.
Col Sergei Skripal was convicted by a Moscow military court of passing the identities of Russian intelligence agents working undercover in Europe. Col Skripal began working for the British secret services while serving in the army in the 1990s, he had been passing information classified as state secrets, for which he was paid some $100,000 (£78,000), MI6 transferring money to a bank account in Spain each time Skripal gave them information, according to Russian prosecutors.
The meetings between Col Skripal and MI6 agents took place between 1995 and December 2004, when he was arrested. Col Skripal was convicted of “high treason in the form of espionage” and sentenced to 13 years in prison for spying for Britain.
Eventually, Sergei Skripal and fellow spy Igor Sutyagin were exchanged in a high-profile “spy swap”, along with two other Russians, for 10 deep cover “sleeper” agents planted by Moscow in the US, among whom was the infamous Anna Chapman.
Skripal and Sutyagin were flown into the RAF base in Brize Norton in Oxfordshire and were held undercover at a small private hotel, they were debriefed by MI5 and MI6 officers at a secret location close to London.
Sergei Skripal was the real deal, a real spy who betrayed his country by selling secrets to a foreign intelligence service. However, as far as Russia was concerned, he was an irrelevance, a man who had served his time in prison for his crime before being exchanged for other Russian spies.
Since his arrival in Britain, Skripal appears to have lived a very ordinary, quiet life in a very ordinary house in a quiet rural town, there were no signs he had continued to work for British Intelligence, he had become a non-entity, a forgotten relic of the Cold War.
So why did he turn up on a park bench with his daughter, both apparently poisoned by some mysterious agent? The Russian Government would have absolutely no motivation in pulling such a stunt, particularly at this time. Skripal had made no attempt to suppress his identity and address, which is available on 192.com, so he didn’t feel in the slightest bit threatened. If any of his ex-spy colleagues wanted to kill him, they would likely have done so years ago, and made a much more professional job of it.
It makes no sense to me, I see no reason to target a long retired former spy, I don’t see how either Russia nor Britain could derive any benefit from this. However, there are other nations that would see much benefit in driving an ever deeper wedge between Britain and Russia, further amplifying the mutual distrust and dislike between both nations.
Let’s cut right to the chase here, this was not the work of the British intelligence services, neither was it the work of the Russian intelligence services, there is one clear and obvious culprit and it is not ze Germans and the mythical DVD, it’s the Israelis.
However, before we get to those lovely Zionist Israeli chaps, we need to explain why the British and the Russians are most definitely not behind this poisoning.
The British Didn’t Do It
If MI6 did it, they’d be more likely to use “natural causes” (which is as easy as anything). If they thought he was dangerous, working against them, or just a big pain in the arse, they could have killed him quietly – heart problem, brain problem, whatever, speak to the family, maybe give them some money, no problem, quacks helping out all the way through (this is bread and butter for a leading quack in any area).
If they’d wanted a bit of edge they could have used a car accident – he’d had too much to drink, or he was on a prescription for something, but let’s encourage a few whispers and see where they spread.
But they would NOT do it the way it seems to have happened in Salisbury on Sunday. They would never choose to send out a big fat message to the market of their potential and actual sources around the world, saying loud and clear “Don’t work for us – we won’t protect you when the going gets rough“. NEVER.
Anybody who wants to argue such a frankly ridiculous thesis must come up with an alternative scenario to which this was preferable. They must argue that MI6 chose to suffer this huge blow because the other option was even worse.
This does major damage to MI6.
MI6’s main work is to collect intelligence from foreign sources. The higher up those sources are, the more they have to present themselves as who they really are: the British secret intelligence service. Above all an agent handler needs to win the trust of his potential asset.
That means that before the aset gets caught and tortured or jailed, the agency has to look after them. Any fears? Tell your handler. If the asset gets jailed, then oh DEAR, Sergei, how terrible – swap him out of jail when the opportunity arises. Oh, and don’t ask him to pay for his own ticket from Vienna. That’s what happened with Skripal.
They didn’t swap him out because he would be able to help them much after his release, they swapped him out because both MI6 and the FSB must look good in the eyes of their potential and actual sources.
If an asset gets rubbed out on the street in Britain, or badly hurt in an attempt to rub them out, that does NOT look good for MI6, however many articles may appear in the British media saying “Putin” and “Russian spy” and “poison”. That propaganda works fine for the sheeple, but it damages MI6’s image in a market they care about much more – potential and actual foreign sources.
There is more than one market for the media narrative. The sheeple blame it on Putin, yes. But if you’re a colonel in Islamabad, a civil servant in Ankara, or a businessman in Donetsk, and you’re thinking of selling information to MI6, or you’re already doing it, you want to know that they’ll protect you if you get into deep shit.
You want to know that, even if they tricked or “coerced” you in the first place into working for them. That swapped out British asset might be you one day. You won’t blame this attack on Putin, you’ll blame it on Britain. So expect the line to be put out – not necessarily in the mainstream media – that Skripal was a dirty bastard who tried to get one over on his kind hosts.
The Russians Didn’t Do It
Make no mistake, the poisoning of Sergei Skripal is part of an on-going and long-running psy war between Russia and the West, whoever carried out this attack had the intent of blackening Russia’s image in the minds of the British people. However, do you think Russia’s psywar guys give a toss about their image among the British and western sheeple or about “Russophobia” in those markets?
Fear and talk in the said markets about how Russian psywar guys are manipulating politics and media in the west (which they are) is GOOD for the Russian psywar effort, not BAD. Why? Because it implies to western populations that western rulers are WEAK, unable to control what goes on in western countries. That is really awful for morale. This is all in Psychological Warfare 101.
In short, the more bleating there is in Britain and the West about Russian manipulation of politics and media in those countries, the more the Russian psy war guys celebrate.
In psywar it’s often very difficult to know the effect of what you’ve done. It’s not like bombing a factory, when you can see the aftermath from your satellite. Often you don’t find out what effect you’ve had, or you find out much later or in unexpected ways. If the other side is complaining to its sheeple about your terrible psywar capabilities and successes all the time, then you ARE finding out, and the news is that you’re doing GREAT.
The psywar for WW3 has already begun. That’s a normal thing with psywar: it begins before physical conflict and continues after it. I doubt a date has been set for the start of the physical-conflict stage but it won’t be too far in the future.
Morale in Russia, unlike in the West, is very high. I mean morale in the sense that concerns war planners. Conversely, morale in Britain and the West, particularly among the military, is, quite frankly, abysmal.
The fact that Putin is not bleating like a crybaby about how foreign psywar agencies are undermining his country is closely related to how his government is perceived among the Russian sheeple, aka “morale”. In my opinion, the west is far more likely to collapse than Russia.
At the end of the day, the people who benefit from this crass and obvious attempt to ratchet up the tension between Russia and the West and to poison the minds of the British people against Russia is all too clear – it is the Zionist criminals who control Israel and the US.
Why is an even more obvious answer, they are pushing the world ever closer to World War 3 and poisoning a former Russian spy on the streets of Britain is their way of sowing in the minds of the British sheeple the notion that the Russians, and particularly Putin, are both belligerent and reckless enough to disregard international law and justice, to ignore British sovereignty and carry out a brutal murder on the streets of a quiet English town.
The message they wish to inculcate is one of fear and loathing of the big, bad Russian bear, a clear psy op to prepare the British sheeple for the upcoming war with Russia.