Connecting Transatlantic Dots

Forensic tent at The Maltings Salisbury

In The American Spectator yesterday, Diana West conducted an exercise in connecting dots. It’s highly interesting, and plausible, but definitely unconfirmed.

Just came across an intriguing theory about Sergei Skripal, the former Soviet/Russian military intelligence agent who spied for Britain, and, along with his daughter Yulia, was nearly killed this spring by a dose of the nerve agent Novichok in the town of Salisbury, England, where they live.

In a March 21 interview on the John Batchelor Show, Gregory R. Copley, editor and publisher of Defense & Foreign Affairs, posited that Sergei Skripal is the unnamed Russian intelligence source in the Steele dossier.

Copley further explained (or tried to explain) to Batchelor (who kept cutting him off): “The people who wished to see Skripal become quiet were people in Washington, the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton campaign, and people around Christopher Steele himself. I’m not saying necessarily that MI6 or the British government had a witting hand in it, but there are too many people who had an axe to grind to make sure that Skripal did not —”

Did not… did not what? Batchelor steps on the end of Copley’s sentence to interject a question about whether the Novichok attack on the Skripals could have been a “gangland” hit.

What Copley surely meant was to say was — to make sure Skripal did not “talk.

And that was always the thing that bothered me about the Skripal ‘hit’ – why and by whom was it ordered. Putin and the Russians is an obvious and easy answer, but Putin is unlikely to be looking to irritate the western powers over something so minor, and the reaction from the British government was rather over the top.

Copley had already explained that in Skripal’s UK “retirement,” he did plenty of freelance work, providing researchers for a price with that perfect shot of authentic, but also custom-made, “Russian intelligence.”

Copley: “He would write whatever people wanted. He would say, ‘What are you trying to achieve, let me help you,’ and he would do that. And he was apparently prepared to, if you like, to fold under pressure and admit that he had done that, and admit that what he had written about Trump in that dossier was pure fiction, written simply to provide his client with —

With…?

Batchelor steps on Copley again, this time to put in a question about legality. “… there’s nothing illegal about this, correct, Gregory?”

Copley: “Not necessarily, until you get to the part where this was not just providing intelligence services to the Clinton campaign; it was providing a document for use in political warfare operations to influence an election. There, he was basically fabricating material purporting for it to be intelligence —”

Batchelor steps on him again! He asks something about whether MI6 knew Steele was working with Skripal — a question that just might have been able to wait three more seconds.

Even so, Copley’s assessment, which he said he had based on “conversations we’ve had with people familiar with” Skripal, came through loud and clear: In Skripal’s pseudo-country-gentleman retirement, the ex-GRU-MI6 double agent was selling custom-made “Russian intelligence”; he had fabricated “material” that went into the Steele dossier; and he was prepared to say so. By Copley’s logic, this meant that Skripal’s enemies were also Trump’s enemies: “people in Washington, the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton campaign, and people around Christopher Steele himself,” along with their MI6 and British government allies.

Lots more at the link.

I find the story fascinating, but is it true? I have no idea at all. It fits with everything I know, of Clinton and her supporters, and with what we are seeing in the leadership of the FBI and CIA especially under Obama, but in large measure, still. So, it might be the whole truth, parts might be, and it could even be a false flag.

It’s damn sure something worth investigating, but I doubt anyone will. It would have to be government…

After the poisoning, it turns out that the British government issued two related “D-notices” on the story — a big, fat chill on British press coverage. What seems to have been uppermost in these censorship “requests” was to ensure that the British press protected the MI-6 connection to Sergei, which is interesting all by itself. Such protection would seem to include the name of the retired MI-6 agent who recruited Skripal, first discussed here. As has been reported outside of Britain, that retired MI6 agent’s name is Pablo Miller. It has also been reported that Miller now works with another retired MI-6 agent. His name is Christopher Steele.

There’s lots more at The Speccie. Where’s Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan when we need him?

To me, the whole thing fits. The strident resistance to Trump by much of the government, and yes, by the British bureaucracy expressed through Theresa May as late as this morning. We all suspect Hillary Clinton of being ruthless enough for this type of thing, and secret services are just that.

And that lends further point to what the FBI and the DOJ hiding that is so important that they are willing to sacrifice their leadership, and yes, their reputation built up over scores of years to prevent Congress, let alone the people, from knowing it. I think we need to find out.

This whole Russia narrative seems to be the legendary loose thread on a pretty girl’s sweater. What will come into view if we continue to pull on it? Who knows? And more to the point, it just might be important to the country.

A tangled web was indeed woven, and that usually indicates a desire to deceive.

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30 Responses to Connecting Transatlantic Dots

  1. the unit says:

    I think somebody else did it. Novichok gas? Too easy to point the finger at Russia.
    Last week I read a woman served up her ex as bbq amongts her friends.
    Should of just sliced him up as Salisbury Steak for a real who done it. 🙂
    And it the Clintons, he’d be dead.

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    • NEO says:

      And so would he be, if it really were the Russians, I think. This is fairly rational, much of this whole thing looks to be over complicated, executed by the Keystone Kops. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Likely culprits. 🙂

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    • Scoop says:

      May be, but then mob hits sometimes get botched as well. It took Giacanna more than 10 years to blow up Ray Ryan in his car after Ray cheated Jimmy the Greek in a poker game. Sometimes things get too hot to finish the job right away . . . you got to wait until everybody thinks that the ordered hit has been called off. But the message has been sent; Ray knew he would killed eventually by the mob . . . so there really wasn’t much he could do about it except spend a lot of time out at the Kenya Safari Club where he had a bit of protection.

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      • NEO says:

        Good point, and HMG blew up like a land mine on this one.

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      • the unit says:

        Yeah, the Clinton’s might be sophisticated enough to be using gas these days. And the bullet hole in the back of the head, aka Ron Brown, wouldn’t have anything to do with it. 🙂

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        • Scoop says:

          They’re well connected with organized crime as was LBJ (who incidentally had a complicit DOJ, CIA and FBI at the time as well).

          Yeah the Ron Brown deal was rather striking. That will never be revealed as a number of other mysterious deaths during their lifetime. Probably sealed 50 years or else all evidence destroyed forever.

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      • Scoop says:

        Sorry, that mobster’s name was Caifano not Giacanna.

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        • the unit says:

          What like Rodney Dangerfield, Caifano don’t get no respect! 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Well, Gianconna was famous! My niece lived in his neighborhood in Brooklyn, didn’t even have to lock her car. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Brown and others, sacrifices for the cause and agenda. And today Weinstein and other libs if it’ll help turn the tide against Trump. The accusations and public airing even more effective than knocking off. Even the truth from libs about them, by gosh! 🙂

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        • Scoop says:

          Oh yes, they are trying to establish the moral high ground. You really have to have been living under a rock not to see through their hypocrisy. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Weinstein was easy target. They miight’ve had Palin cross-hairs on him. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          If establish moral high ground, have an excuse if caught. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          🙂

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  3. the unit says:

    Still connecting… 🙂
    Yep, the Russian connection was supposed to be as obvious as Trump/Russia collusion. Novichok developed back in those days to choke Robert Novak to death. Wiki says Novak converted to Catholic after his wife did. Wife, was Geraldine, and devil made him do it. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Ya got it all figured out, I see. 😉

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      • the unit says:

        Easy to spert out after chocking up my belt a notch or two, being from outside the beltway. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yep! 🙂

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  4. the unit says:

    Let’s see now. We’re not there yet discussion wise.
    But let’s see. According to a MSM report I saw. ‘I’m a crime reporter for the newspaper. Hiding under my desk while gun shots going on and I see folks gunned down, war zone like. I’ve reported on killing and death, but you don’t know what it’s like ’til you’ve experienced it from under your desk in person. Terrifying, the silence while he stops and reloads. Nothing I can do.”
    I think, Duh?

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    • Scoop says:

      Yes, I wonder how many he could have saved had he possessed a concealed carry permit. Oh, what am I thinking, he is a reporter and schooled in the finer points of the Constitution which obviously was totally wrong to give us the 2nd amendment. Well, I guess his manhood was challenged to perhaps overpower the idiot like a man when he was in the act of reloading. Oh, I forgot, once again they don’t have a plan for such things and it is somebody else’s responsibility to stop them anyway . . . isn’t it? No heroes present and I suspect you won’t find too many of them in a newsroom. We don’t like heroes anymore anyhow as they only make democrats look rather wimpish. They are at their most virile state of mind when they are marching in large crowds demanding the abolishment of firearms and letting anyone cross our borders. So, what could he do, Unit, but Tweet?

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      • the unit says:

        Tweet, tweet, tweet… 🙂

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        • Scoop says:

          Another oldie but goodie. I guess Rockin’Robins tweet but now we have a lot of twits who tweet.

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        • the unit says:

          Yep, crack, crack, crack, in response better sound. 🙂

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      • NEO says:

        Maybe it’s just because I don’t bend all that good these days, but I just can’t imagine hiding under a desk, and admitting it, let alone bragging about it.

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        • the unit says:

          And if one is the mass of Michael Moore, he’d have an excuse. Help! I’m stuck and I can’t get out! 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          🙂

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        • Scoop says:

          Indeed.

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        • NEO says:

          🙂

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