Ex-police chief hints poison was in spy's home

Larry Hoffman
March 10, 2018

On Friday, Metropolitan Police said they requested the assistance from the military to remove a number of vehicles and objects from the site of the attack.

Around 180 troops, including Royal Marines, RAF and chemical specialists, are understood to have been deployed.

Blair, who led London's police when ex-Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was fatally poisoned, has told the BBC it is important to find out "whether there is some pattern here". Rhondda MP Chris Bryant, who chairs the all-party Parliamentary group on Russian Federation, said it would be "very difficult" for the England team to compete in the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer if Moscow is linked to the attack.

'Military assistance will continue as necessary during this investigation'.

Det Sgt Nick Bailey - who attended the scene on Sunday - is stable and conscious but is "very anxious" about being exposed to a nerve agent.

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said whoever is behind the attack is guilty of a "brazen and reckless act".

In a brief written statement, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says that "the recent report that two people became seriously ill in the United Kingdom as a result of exposure to a nerve agent is a source of great concern".

On Thursday, the Home Secretary revealed a police officer who rushed to help is awake and talking in hospital.

Mary Dejevsky, a former foreign correspondent, said she was shocked at "how far people have gone in implicating Russian Federation before there is the slightest bit of proof". "But the best way to get to them is to give the police the space they need to really go through the area carefully, to do their investigation and to make sure that they have all the support that they need".

Those branded enemies of the Russian state have sometimes died mysteriously overseas, and the Skripal case echoes the death of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian agent who was poisoned in London in 2006 with radioactive polonium-210.

"This is being treated as a major incident involving attempted murder by administration of a nerve agent", Rowley said. She says it's highly likely the officer was exposed to the same nerve agent. The ex-spy and his daughter remain in critical condition.

Russian Federation has also denied any involvement in poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

The public should not be alarmed and there is no evidence to suggest a wide public health risk at this time, the police added.

"I'm massively proud of what Nick did and all of my staff on that night, they did a first-class job".

Authorities cordoned off Skripal's house, a auto, a restaurant, a pub and the cemetery where Skripal's wife, Lyudmila, is buried and where there is also a memorial headstone for his son, Alexander.

On Thursday night, an eyewitness said police had been searching a auto at a vehicle recovery centre close to the Russian victim's home earlier that day.

The Russian government has denied any involvement in the Litvinenko killing or the attempted killing of Skripal, a former Russian agent who had served jail time in his homeland for spying for Britain before being freed in a spy swap.

In a secret trial at a Moscow military court, he confessed to his treachery and to selling the names, addresses and codenames of several dozen Russian agents to MI6, Russian media said when his conviction was announced in 2006.

A Downing Street spokesman declined to comment on what sanctions might be taken against Russian Federation if it was shown to be responsible for the Salisbury attack.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is willing to demand that England officials boycott the World Cup in Russia over the poisoning it is shown to have been committed by the Russian state.

But the investigation by the police and authorities to establish the full facts is ongoing.

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