Nerve agent in Salisbury

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by Garth of Christmas Future » Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:04 pm

Critically ill man 'former Russian spy'

A man who is critically ill after being exposed to an unknown substance in Wiltshire is a Russian national convicted of spying for Britain, the BBC understands.

Sergei Skripal, who is 66, was granted refuge in the UK following a "spy swap" between the US and Russia in 2010.

Police declared a major incident on Sunday after a man and a woman were reported ill at a shopping centre in Salisbury.

The substance has not been identified.


Police are investigating whether a crime has been committed, following the incident which began at 16:15 GMT on Sunday at the Maltings shopping centre in central Salisbury.

Skripal, who is a retired Russian military intelligence colonel, was jailed for 13 years in 2006 for spying for Britain.

He was convicted of passing the identities of Russian intelligence agents working undercover in Europe to the UK's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6.

Russia said Col Skripal had been paid $100,000 for the information, which he had been supplying from the 1990s.

He was one of four prisoners released by Moscow in exchange for 10 US spies in 2010, as part of a swap. Col Skripal was later flown to the UK.

He and a woman, aged in her 30s, are both in intensive care at Salisbury District Hospital.

A number of locations in the city centre were cordoned off and the A&E department was closed as teams in full protective gear used hoses to decontaminate the street.


Neighbours at Skripal's home in Salisbury say police arrived around 17:00 GMT on Sunday and have been there ever since.

They said he was friendly and in recent years had lost his wife.

One female eyewitness told the BBC it looked like the two people had taken "something quite strong".

She said: "On the bench there was a couple, an older guy and a younger girl. She was sort of leant in on him, it looked like she had passed out maybe.

"He was doing some strange hand movements, looking up to the sky."

In a statement on Monday evening, Wiltshire Police said the pair had no visible injuries but fell unconscious.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Craig Holden said: "Because we are still at the very early stages of the investigation, we are unable to ascertain whether or not a crime has taken place."

Public Health England said in an updated statement that its specialists will be joining a "specially-convened group" to consider the Salisbury incident.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43295134?n ... ws_central

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by DML » Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:28 pm

Denster. :x

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PostRe: Former Russian spy and a woman in 30s critically ill from exposure to unknown substance in Wiltshire
by Dual » Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:55 pm

No collusion!

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by Peter Crisp » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:24 pm

It would be pretty stupid of them to go with polonium again as they can hardly deny it this time.

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by Alvin Flummux » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:25 pm

Polonium Putin strikes again.

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by Skarjo » Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:40 am

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PostRe: Former Russian spy and a woman in 30s critically ill from exposure to unknown substance in Wiltshire
by Partridge Iciclebubbles » Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:41 am

Peter Crisp wrote:It would be pretty stupid of them to go with polonium again as they can hardly deny it this time.


But do they care? What are we going to do about it?

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PostRe: Former Russian spy and a woman in 30s critically ill from exposure to unknown substance in Wiltshire
by KingK » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:19 am

We'll send them a very strongly worded letter telling them not to do it again

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by Vermi-Claus » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:33 am

KingK wrote:We'll send them a very strongly worded letter telling them not to do it again


This is not good enough, let's get tough, the time for talking is over, call it extreme if you like, but I propose we hit it hard and hit it fast with a major, and I mean major leaflet campaign, and while they're reeling from that, we'd follow up with a car boot sale, some street theatre and possibly even some benefit concerts. OK? Now, if that's not enough, I'm sorry, but it's time for the T-shirts... "spy stuff out" ... "Putin's FSB, No Thanks" ... and if that's not enough, well, I don't know what will be.

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by Advent7 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:37 am

Vermilion wrote:
KingK wrote:We'll send them a very strongly worded letter telling them not to do it again


This is not good enough, let's get tough, the time for talking is over, call it extreme if you like, but I propose we hit it hard and hit it fast with a major, and I mean major leaflet campaign, and while they're reeling from that, we'd follow up with a car boot sale, some street theatre and possibly even some benefit concerts. OK? Now, if that's not enough, I'm sorry, but it's time for the T-shirts... "spy stuff out" ... "Putin's FSB, No Thanks" ... and if that's not enough, well, I don't know what will be.


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by Hyperion » Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:47 am

Nuke them

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by Squinty » Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:40 am

Hyperion wrote:Nuke them


Just get the British submarines to aim at America, it will probably hit somewhere near Russia.

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by Buffalo » Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:16 am

Their fault for going to Zizzi.

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PostRe: Former Russian spy and a woman in 30s critically ill from exposure to unknown substance in Wiltshire
by Garth of Christmas Future » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:27 am

The woman is his daughter:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43297638

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by *<]:^D » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:43 am

without getting too serious and ranting if this turns out to be another assassination/attempt by the Russian state it is disgraceful. the fact that they basically got away with the Litvinenko murder is bad enough. id imagine May's response to this will be spineless as expected :simper:

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by Mini E » Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:01 pm

Just another evening in Salisbury.

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PostRe: Former Russian spy and daughter critically ill from exposure to unknown substance in Wiltshire
by Rudolphin » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:10 pm

From the BBC article;

Former agent Mr Skripal, whose wife, son and older brother have all died in the past two years, was granted refuge in the UK following a "spy swap" in 2010


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PostRe: Former Russian spy and daughter critically ill from exposure to unknown substance in Wiltshire
by still » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:18 pm

It's alright, Johnsons on the case. Everything should be sorted very quickly now.

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by Partridge Iciclebubbles » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:34 pm

still wrote:It's alright, Johnsons on the case. Everything should be sorted very quickly now.


After his help in the Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, I would imagine we will all end up getting poisoned once Boris intervenes in this one.


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