The latest intelligence – if you can call it that – about the alleged “nerve agent” used to attack Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury – is a little confusing.
Here‘s Russia Today:
British police say that the highest concentration of the nerve agent that came in contact with double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, was detected on the front door of his home in Salisbury.
“At this point in our investigation, we believe the Skripals first came into contact with the nerve agent from their front door,” Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, said on Wednesday evening.
Haydon said that further police work would concentrate around the neighborhood where the Skripals, who remain in critical condition, live, but he insisted that “risk remains low” for ordinary inhabitants.
Hang on – people were moved out of the area where the Skripals were found, but their neighbours in the area with the highest concentration of the ‘nerve agent’ yet found have been in only low danger? That can’t be right, can it?
Myself and two BBC colleagues were first reporters at Sergei Skripal’s door on Monday afternoon. No cordon, just a police car. Thankfully I decided not to knock but I did ask the officer sitting in the car if there were any health risks I should be aware of. Didn’t get answer!
— Tom Symonds (@BBCTomSymonds) March 28, 2018
Has there been nothing stopping people – like the posties, perhaps – from touching this deadly door?
If not, was it really all that deadly?
And then there’s the following:
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) March 28, 2018
Hang on – investigators found large quantities of this alleged ‘nerve agent’ in the restaurant – enough to require the destruction of one table and the deep-cleaning of others – on the bench where the Skripals were found, and in the car.
The logic of what Mr Urban is saying is that there must have been much more on the door.
But he then suggests that this is a highly potent substance, capable of causing serious harm in the minutest form, absorbed very quickly and acting very quickly as well – and that the amounts involved were very small.
After that, he suggests that another place might have “even higher” concentrations of the substance.
It’s the logic of the yo-yo. High concentrations of this stuff have been found in the locations mentioned above, but it’s supposed to be deadly in tiny doses.
Following this logic, far more people should have been harmed – and they weren’t.
And now we learn that Yulia Skripal is recovering rapidly and is off the critical list:
The BBC understands from separate sources that Ms Skripal is conscious and talking.
However Mr Skripal remains in a critical but stable condition, Salisbury District Hospital said.
Doctors said Ms Skripal, “has responded well to treatment but continues to receive expert clinical care 24 hours a day”.
It’s all highly contradictory – if she had been exposed to a nerve agent in the kind of dosage that has been sugggested, then, realistically, Ms Skripal should be dead.
Like the rest of us, I await further information – but with scepticism.
And as for Russia’s involvement…
I will say it again: Anybody who tells you this nerve agent must have come from Russia is a liar–a complete and utter liar. They are simple compounds:https://t.co/Xk5rQz3xpz
— Dave Collum (@DavidBCollum) March 27, 2018
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