Government’s Russian Novichok Claims EXPOSED As “Propaganda” By Former British Ambassador
Former UK Ambassador Craig Murray, writing for his blog, has explained how the government’s careful phrasing of laying the blame on Russia for the chemical attack in Salisbury amounts to “propaganda”.
Murray, who served as the UK’s Ambassador to Uzbekistan for two years and remains close to a number of individuals working for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), claims that a source in the FCO has told him that the government are piling pressure on Porton Down (the lab testing the chemicals) to say that the attack was carried out by Russia, despite there being no proof whatsoever.
Writing for his blog, he explains that the government are exclusively using the phrase “of a type developed by Russia” to describe the chemical which, as he points out, does not in any way prove or even give evidence to suggest that the attack was from Russia.
He says: “This substance is a “novichok” in that sense. It is of that type. Just as I am typing on a laptop of a type developed by the United States, though this one was made in China.
“To anybody with a Whitehall background this has been obvious for several days.”
He goes on to highlight that this phrase was used by Theresa May when addressing the Commons, the UK at the UN Security Council and even in the joint communique from the UK, USA, France and Germany issued yesterday. This repetition, he argues, shows a reluctant compromise between the FCO and Porton Down.
He explains: “When the same extremely careful phrasing is never deviated from, you know it is the result of a very delicate Whitehall compromise. My FCO source, like me, remembers the extreme pressure put on FCO staff and other civil servants to sign off the dirty dossier on Iraqi WMD [Weapons of mass destruction].”
Continuing to disprove the government’s line, he says: “Until this week, the near universal belief among chemical weapons experts, and the official position of the OPCW [Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons], was that “Novichoks” were at most a theoretical research programme which the Russians had never succeeded in actually synthesising and manufacturing. That is why they are not on the OPCW list of banned chemical weapons.
“Porton Down is still not certain it is the Russians who have apparently synthesised a “Novichok”. Hence “Of a type developed by Russia”. Note developed, not made, produced or manufactured.
“It is very carefully worded propaganda. Of a type developed by liars.”