It Wasn’t Russia (4)

Michael Shrimpton dismantles the British Government's fanciful claim that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were responsible for a 'Novichok' attack at Salisbury in Britain in March.

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The British media have gone beserk again. The feeding frenzy this time was induced by the rozzers, who found a couple of dodgy Russians, almost certainly linked to organized crime, on CCTV, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, conveniently traveling to Salisbury in March. These idiots are supposed to have wandered through Gatwick Airport complete with a canister of Novichok, stayed in a cheap hotel and then bounced along to Salisbury on South West Railways train. The canister is supposed to have contained enough deadly nerve agent to wipe out the entire train if its contents spilt out. They are then supposed to have left it lying around for poor Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley to have picked it up a couple of months later.

There is just one wee, tiny, technical flaw with the rozzers’ narrative, enthusiastically seized upon by beleaguered Prime Minister Theresa May: it’s bollocks. It’s bollocks on so many levels it would actually be quite funny, if it were not for the damage it’s doing to Anglo-Russian relations. It’s like electing a peanut farmer for president – in another era it would seem strange. (I never worked out, BTW, whether Jimmy Carter farmed salted or dry roasted peanuts.)

There was no Novichok

The first problem is that no Novichok was used at Salisbury at all. The MSM won’t tell you this, but as was exclusively revealed on this site the agent used at Salisbury was BX. How do we know this? Well for one thing nobody died, at least not in the initial attack.

Novichok is fatal. As Editor in Chief Gordon Duff and others have pointed out, you don’t come down with a touch of Novichok poisoning and wake up in hospital. The only Novichok in the Salisbury sample sent to the Hague was a small quantity added afterwards by Porton Down, on the orders of the Cabinet Office, in order to boost the British Government’s false anti-Russian narrative.

You don’t leave Novichok lying around

No professional intelligence officer is going to leave a flask of Novichok lying around for someone else to discover. That part of Whitehall’s narrative is simply silly. It’s not clear what killed Dawn Sturgess, but it won’t have been Novichok, unless that is GO2 used some of Porton Down’s stockpile to murder her in order to bolster the false narrative. They’re pushing this one like the Reichstag fire, so I wouldn’t be surprised.

You don’t take Novichok on a train

In point of fact you shouldn’t be boarding a passenger train with any WMDs, let alone an agent as deadly as Novichok. Whereabouts on the train were Petrov and Boshirov supposed to have stored this Novichok? To anyone who has ever bounced along the West of England Main Line from Waterloo to Salisbury, as I have, the whole idea is absurd.

Just to recap: the official narrative is that two experienced military intelligence officers are supposed to have boarded a train with enough deadly nerve agent to kill every passenger on board in the event of an accident. They are then supposed to have gone to Salisbury, traveling in their own names, where they are supposed to have tried to murder a former GRU officer, who had been swapped, conveniently leaving CCTV footage of themselves from Gatwick Airport to Salisbury and back.

It sounds more like the plot of a Morecombe and Wise spy movie. In comparison the plot of Carry on Spying looks like a credible scenario.

The CCTV


The CCTV footage looks odd. Whilst shots may have been taken from different cameras the absence of other passengers at Gatwick is remarkable. However the footage released by the police appears to be genuine. In their interview on Russia Today yesterday the pair admitted traveling to Salisbury on the dates in question.

Are Petrov and Boshirov GRU?

Clearly not. Apart from anything else the GRU would never indulge in such insanity. They’re not like the Defence Intelligence Staff – the GRU is run by serious intelligence professionals, with respect, who wouldn’t contemplate going back on a spy swap in the first place.

They don’t seem to speak much English, to judge from their interview, which was conducted in Russian. Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are also their real names. When did you last hear of wet-work specialists traveling in their real identities? On a train?

The Metropolitan Police, who are Useful Idiots at best (no offense intended), clearly never expected Petrov and Boshirov to show up on TV. Indeed they seem to have been convinced that the pair were traveling on false passports.

Although they were charged, the Met only ever applied for a European Arrest Warrant, a pointless procedure, since Russia isn’t actually in the EU. No application was made for extradition, sensibly, since the Russian courts aren’t as bent as ours, no offense intended, and would review the evidence against Petrov and Boshirov, such as it is, objectively. The Security Minister at the Home Office, Ben Wallace MP, could scarcely refrain from smirking when asserting on TV that Petrov and Boshirov would receive a ‘fair trial’ in England. The idea only has to be stated for its absurdity to be apparent, sadly. We gave up on fair trials some time ago.

Who were they working for?

This is unclear. I’m not buying the tourist argument – it seems an awful long way to go just to look at Salisbury Cathedral. I happen to have worshipped there and it’s a lovely cathedral, but I’m not sure I would travel all the way from Moscow just to visit it.

As explained above, they’re not GRU, indeed they’re clearly not intelligence officers. They could be enforcers for Russian organised crime, which is largely controled by the German DVD, but again I think that’s unlikely.

It’s probable that they’re a couple of UIs (useful idiots). I suspect somebody asked them to go to Salisbury that weekend, and told them where to go and what to do. Since GO2 were responsible for the attack on the Skripals, and GO2 work for the DVD, it is reasonable to presume that the request came from the DVD, but there is no way it would have gone from Dachau directly. These boys are way too junior for that.

Senator John McCain

Gordon Duff, and other VT contributors who were there, will have their own comments to make on McCain’s record in ‘Nam. Take it from me, he was no hero.

Ben Fulford has made the interesting suggestion that McCain was executed, i.e. that his brain tumor was induced. Ouch! It’s not impossible – the Department of Justice is so corrupt, no offense intended, and so penetrated, that a fair trial was never going to be possible. It is possible, just, that the late Senator for the Mob, sorry Arizona, was whacked. It is also just possible that ONI tried to whack him way back in ’67.

John McCain should have been given a fair court-martial and shot, nicely of course, following the tragic fire aboard the USS Forrestal (CVA-59) on July 29th 1967, which cost the lives of 134 fine sailors. McCain was very close to that incident, so close in fact that he later claimed that the rogue 5” Zuni rocket from the F-4B which started the incident hit his A-4. It didn’t, but McCain’s A-4 was parked next door.

The mighty Forrestal (CVA-59)

Sinking a US carrier off ‘Nam was a major DVD ambition during the war. They were desperate to relieve the pressure on Hanoi. Figures vary, but a full-size US attack carrier can have 4-6,000 souls aboard. Forrestal’s peacetime complement was 4,142, but she would carry more in wartime.  The Forrestal class as designed had provision for 750,000 US gallons of aviation fuel (that’s way more than a Ford Pinto) and 1,800 tons of ordnance.

The German intent, clearly, was to fireball the Forrestal. They knew the US Navy would be lucky to get half her crew off. McCain’s father, an admiral at the time (he later became CINCPAC) may well have been in the loop – like father, like son. The attack on the Forrestal was carefully planned.

That it failed was nothing to do with poor planning. The sabotage of the F-4B and the A-4’s drop tank was skilfully done. In theory the resulting fire was uncontainable and should have led to the loss of the ship.

The DVD reckoned without the courage and skill of the Forrestal’s damage control parties however. They also reckoned without the daring of the commander of the USS Rupertus (DD-851), which closed to within 20 feet of the carrier, cooling her magazines and stopping the stores from cooking off. She also rescued men from the water and helped fight the fires. She did great work.

The saving of the Forrestal was an outstanding example of damage control and fine seamanship. Not for the last time German intelligence underestimated the US Navy. You guys stayed in the war, and the US Navy’s carriers stayed on Yankee Station.

The Janet and John version of events released to Congress and the public would not have fooled the ONI. It was for the consumption of idiots only – editors of the New York Times, CBS anchor-men, Senators, Congressmen. That sort of idiot.

The serious inquiry would have been carried out by ONI. I believe it fingered McCain, whose grandfather had worked for the Japanese in World War II. (I know he was wearing the uniform of the US Navy, but he was working for the Japanese.) As COMAIRSOPAC McCain Snr pulled the air patrols which led to Allied defeat in the Battle of Savo Island. British Rear-Admiral Victor Crutchley VC, a fine fighting admiral, who had commanded HMS Warspite in the Second Battle of Narvik in 1940, got the blame, but the defeat was largely down to McCain. Admiral Crutchley, rightly, was not relieved of his command and was later promoted.

I suspect that in 1967 the ONI had the name of a McCain (at least one) down against this latest disaster as well. McCain’s shoot down over North Vietnam in October may not have been entirely unexpected. With a DVD asset in charge of the Pentagon (Robert McNamara) a court martial was out of the question. Had McCain been killed it wouldn’t have been the first time that an embarrassment had been conveniently disposed of in combat.

You can forget McCain’s own account of what went on in the Hanoi Hilton. Hell, there were probably guests in the Washington Hilton getting worse treatment. I think readers will find Gordon Duff a more reliable source.

It will be some time before the public learns the truth, sadly. They certainly won’t get it from the MSM, or by listening to Obama’s eulogy. (When I heard this week that some university had given ‘von’ Obama a prize for ethics in government I had assumed it was the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, but, no, it turned out that it was an American university!).

My battle with the Bar Standards Board

As regular readers may have guessed, I’ve had a few distractions in recent weeks! My three-day Disciplinary Tribunal starts on Wednesday, at 9 Gray’s Inn Square, at 1030 am. (It’s a public hearing.)

Dell have finally pulled the rug from under the police and the Crown Prosecution Service by giving the serial number of my hard drive to my computer expert. It doesn’t match the prosecution’s number, of course. I’ll let you know what happens, but no responsible prosecutor could now defend the indecent images charge. It’s been blown out of the water, and it takes the bomb hoax charge down with it, since they held it over me to deter me from cross-examining prosecution witnesses.
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Michael Shrimpton

Michael Shrimpton is a barrister, currently suspended of course, called to the Bar in London in 1983. He is a specialist in National Security and Constitutional Law, Strategic Intelligence and Counter-terrorism.

He has wide ranging connections both in Western Intelligence agencies and amongst ex-Soviet Bloc agencies. The late Generaloberst Markus Wolf, of the Stasi and DVD, was one of his contacts. Michael has earned respect in the intelligence community for his analysis of previously unacknowledged post-WWII covert operations against the West by the German DVD organization based in Dachau, near Munich, Germany, and its British, French and American client agencies.

These continue to the present day, as politicians and the media are too nervous of standing up to them.

Michael was formerly an Adjunct Professor of Intelligence Studies in the Department of National Security, Intelligence and Space Studies at the American Military University, teaching intelligence subjects at Masters level to inter alia serving intelligence officers. He has represented US and Israeli intelligence officers in law and briefed in staffers on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9-11.

In the wake of that murderous attack he addressed panels on terrorism in Washington DC and Los Angeles organized by the respected Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Fellow panelists included a former head of Special Operations Command and a former Commander of the US Atlantic Fleet.

Michael's active assistance to Intelligence and Law Enforcement agencies in the Global War on Terror produced some notable successes, including the exposure of the Abu Ghraib 'hood' photograph as a fake.

His work on strategic intelligence took him to the Pentagon and he has also met with senior advisors to the President of the Russian Federation, in Moscow, in November 2005. He participated in the Global Strategic Review conference in Geneva in 2005 and was a speaker at both the Intelligence Conference (Intelcon) in 2005, and the Intelligence Summit in 2006, each at Crystal City.

In 2006 he was flown out to, and flew off from, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65), as part of the US Navy's Distinguished Visitor Program. She was then working up her air group off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, before operational deployment to the Persian Gulf. It is comparatively unusual for a foreign civilian to complete a carrier landing and launch cycle.

Michael's ground-breaking, 700 page intelligence text "Spyhunter: The Secret History of German Intelligence" was published in England by June Press in April 2014. It features on a number of intelligence syllabuses, as does intelligence analysis prepared by Michael, e.g. on the brutal 2003 assassination of British weapons scientist Dr David Kelly CMG.

In their unlawful raid on Michael’s home in Wendover, Buckinghamshire in April 2012 Thames Valley Police officers seized the manuscript of Spyhunter and all of Michael’s onshore backups. Publication was only possible because the draft had been backed up offshore. The police hung onto the seized copies long after it was decided not to use them as evidence.

In November 2014 Michael was convicted at Southwark Crown Court by a tampered-with jury panel on two bogus bomb-hoax charges. Prior to bringing in the police the British Ministry of Defence, after consulting with the Cabinet Office, destroyed their recordings of Michael’s initial contact and qualified intelligence briefing re a DVD operation to target the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics using a stolen Russian SS-N-19 warhead.

Happily the NSA intercepted both Michael’s call to MOD and their call to him (on a number he had provided) and the intercepts are now in the hands of MI5.

As Michael’s distinguished Veterans Today colleagues Gordon Duff and Ben Fulford have confirmed on this website, his intelligence briefing to MOD was substantially correct and two warheads, both off an SS-19, were recovered by the US. After inspection the Department of Energy estimated their yield at 20KT.

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  1. Interesting new material regarding the 2 idiots in the Skripal case, and John McCain’s real Navy career! And I take note of your 3-day Bar Standards Board tribunal next week. You would think it should not take long to show anyone with common sense that the CPS cases were both fabricated. But this is the law, so they have to grind it out for 3 days.