Their own website contains this comment by their journalist Rupert Evelyn:. He said it was unopened, the box it was in was sealed, and that they had to use a knife in order to cut through it. And was it the same Novichok used to attack Sergei and Yulia Skripal? But the information about opening the packet with a knife is not in the linked interview. What Rowley does say in the interview is that the box was still sealed in its cellophane. Presumably it was the cellophane he slit open with a knife. So how can this fit in to the official government ?
Presumably the claim is that Russian agents secretly visited the Skripal house, sprayed novichok on the door handle from this perfume bottle, and then, at an unknown location, disassembled the nozzle from the bottle Mr Rowley said he had to insert itthen repackaged and re-cellophaned the bottle prior to simply leaving it to be discovered somewhere — presumably somewhere indoors as it still looked new — by Mr Rowley four months later.
However it had not been found by anyone else in the interim four months of police, military and security service search.
But then the entire government story already looked wildly improbable anyway — to the extent that I literally do not know a single person, even among my more right wing family and friends, who believes it. It is not unreasonable to conjecture there may also be other reasons why he is vague about where and how he came into possession of this package of perfume.
The perfume bottle is now in the hands of the Police. Is it not rather strange that they have not published photos of it, to see if it jogs the memory of a member of the public who saw it somewhere in the last four months, or saw somebody with it?
You might believe the lockdown of the story and control of the narrative is more important to the authorities than solving the crime, which we should not forget is now murder. However, it includes some information from a Dr Andrea Sella, prof of inorganic chemistry at University College, which includes her opinion on the rate at which the agent degrades:.
The last four months have been dry so I suspect they can be there for quite a long time. From the little I have read, novichok does break down in the presence of water.
For example, here is a quote from a Robert Stockman, prof of inorganic chemistry at Nottingham University:. This is presumably why the street in Salisbury was being hosed down as a precaution — it would effectively destroy the agent.
I have had a very quick look regarding the many side effects of fentanyl and, although a blurred vision was mentioned, I did not see blindness. He has also pointed out that no official, incontrovertible identification of the so-called nerve agent has yet been forthcoming, with the concomitant likelihood that the authorities are holding to a general interpretation, one which would include such chemicals as carfentanyl, which has in fact been ly deployed as a nerve agent.
I was reading the comments to 8 March moonofalabama article about the Skripal poisoning and I found comment 26 interesting in light of the fentanyl possibility and Sgt Nick Bailey being taken ill:. It linked to a CNN article about a police officer who suffered fentanyl poisoning by brushing the drug in powder form off his uniform:.
The officer had apparently encountered the opioid earlier in the day while making a drug bust.
I think there was some confusion as to whether Sgt Bailey was at the park bench as well as the Skripal house in the hours after the poisoning. However, if fentanyl was the poison then this incident with the US officer shows that Nick Bailey could have received an overdose directly via his skin or his uniform etc.
Another good spot. The story reinforces concerns that these substances represent a genuine public health danger, as they can be traded via the internet and thus distributed via normal channels. The simple fact is that the risk is more widespread than one might suppose.
An article in the Mail this evening caught my eye because it mentioned fire officers in hazmat suits investigating a death in a flat in Bath:. Firefighters in hazmat suits were seen entering the property in the Weston area of Bath, Somerset, after an unknown chemical made some officers ill.
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said it had taken precautions following the symptoms felt by officers earlier today. It was not murder, or a result of violence, and a chemical is suspected.
So, it may be drug related. I must say you have your eyes on the prize!
Almost immediately this piece has overtones of the very problem as I see it. These highly dangerous chemicals are being synthesized outside of controlled facilities and represent a very real public danger I do not subscribe to the view that police officers, fire officers, postal workers and the like, being in uniform, do not represent the public in this context. Death unexplained but not suspicious. Discovered in a county bordering Wiltshire. And no, I do not think for one moment that the fellow had lit a badly ventilated gas fire, causing carbon monoxide poisoning.
Thanks — the article has been updated since I posted. If it had have been an elderly person, then the likelihood of it being drug related would be less for me. But I may be stereotyping! I think that that statement is a bit superfluous. As regards Bill Browder, he is an agent provocateur. Those of us fortunate enough to have seen it already will understand why in a heartbeat.
It reveals Browder for what he is. What he is definitely not is the innocent victim of Russian persecution. Quite the reverse in fact.
That he has been snivelling his way around Washington and European capitals with his tales of woe, encouraging embargoes makes him doubly loathsome. Good grief!
Thank you so much for trawling all these relevant items of news. I was watching Vesti News the other night and the Russians are amazed at just how ropey this story is. As Craig points out this is a murder investigation that will never be even investigated properly let alone solved. Home » Uncategorized » The Silence of the Whores.
Their own website contains this comment by their journalist Rupert Evelyn: He said it was unopened, the box it was in was sealed, and that they had to use a knife in order to cut through it. Many thanks.
I suspect Charlie simply cannot lay off the moon dust. Sandra I must say you have your eyes on the prize!
Thank you so much for bringing these oh so relevant items of news to our attention. The comments attached to the Mail article all smell the same rat. So the police officers made unwell were all victims of mass hysteria? Thanks again for your diligence in that regard.