View Full Version : Breaking: May to make 'surprise' statement after PMQs today

05-09-2018, 09:46 AM
Apparently Teresa May is to amke a surprise statement on an as yet unidentified topic after today's Prime Minister's Questions slot. Speculation is that it's connected to events in Salisbury in the recent past.


Of course, she could be stepping down and announcing her support for Boris as PM. :D

05-09-2018, 11:05 AM
And this is it:


Two Russian nationals have been named and charged over the novichok poisoning of Sergei and Julia Skripal in March in Salisbury, Wiltshire. British police and prosecutors made the announcement on Wednesday.

Police said they were travelling on authentic Russian passports under the names of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov and arrived in the UK on an Aeroflot flight days before the attack. The Crown Prosecution Service said there was enough evidence to charge them.

05-09-2018, 11:15 AM
And this is it:


police and security services doing their job shocker.

05-09-2018, 11:19 AM
police and security services doing their job shocker.

Tell that to the tin foil hats.

05-09-2018, 12:52 PM
"Based on a body of intelligence the government has concluded that the two individuals named by the police…are officers from the Russian Military Intelligence Service, also known as the GRU."

Count Bobulescu
07-09-2018, 01:43 AM
An international incident that resulted in one of the largest diplomatic expulsions in history began with a perfume bottle.

The latest: The leaders of the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Canada declared in a joint statement today that Russian military intelligence officers used a banned chemical weapon in an assassination attempt on British soil. "This operation," they added, "was almost certainly approved at a senior government level." Now, after a painstaking 6-month investigation, we know how it happened.

According to British authorities...

Two operatives using the pseudonyms Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov traveled from a budget hotel in East London on the morning of Sunday, March 4, to the scenic town of Salisbury, approached the doorway of Sergei Skripal — a Russian former double agent — and sprayed the contents of the perfume bottle on the door handle.

Four hours later, Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a park bench. They’d been exposed to Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent.

By that time the Russian agents — who arrived in London the previous Friday and made a reconnaissance trip to Salisbury the day before the attack — were back in London. Later that evening, they boarded a flight back to Moscow.

The pair disappeared, but not quite without a trace. Novichok was detected in their hotel room. They also left behind the perfume bottle, which made its way into the possession of Dawn Sturgess via a charity bin. She died in July of exposure to Novichok.

All along their journey — in train stations, outside shops and steps from the Skripals’ home — the agents were captured on CCTV.
Ellen Barry writes in the NYT (https://link.axios.com/click/14383209.20902/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cubnl0aW1lcy5jb20vMjAxOC8wOS8wNS93b3 JsZC9ldXJvcGUvc2FsaXNidXJ5LW5vdmljaG9rLXBvaXNvbmlu Zy5odG1sP3V0bV9zb3VyY2U9bmV3c2xldHRlciZ1dG1fbWVkaX VtPWVtYWlsJnV0bV9jYW1wYWlnbj1uZXdzbGV0dGVyX2F4aW9z d29ybGQmc3RyZWFtPXdvcmxk/58739f36cb4a2be3538b51c0Bd51be743)...

“Britain is one of the most heavily surveilled nations on earth, with an estimated one surveillance camera per 11 citizens. It has cutting-edge technology for visually identifying criminals, and software so sensitive it can scan an airport for a tattoo or a pinkie ring. And then there is that team of genetically gifted humans known as ‘super-recognizers.’”

“It’s almost impossible in this country to hide, almost impossible,” said John Bayliss, who retired from the Government Communications Headquarters, Britain’s electronic intelligence agency, in 2010. “And with the new software they have, you can tell the person by the way they walk, or a ring they wear, or a watch they wear. It becomes even harder.”

What’s next: The Trump administration formally accused Russia of illegally using chemical weapons last month, triggering automatic sanctions and starting the clock (https://link.axios.com/click/14383209.20902/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuYXhpb3MuY29tL3RydW1wLXNhbmN0aW9ucy 1ydXNzaWEtYnV0LXdhbnRzLWJldHRlci1ydXNzaWEtdGllcy1k YWRmNTUyMC02MjQzLTRkMDEtYThiMi1mZjk1NGUyYjIwM2IuaH RtbD91dG1fc291cmNlPW5ld3NsZXR0ZXImdXRtX21lZGl1bT1l bWFpbCZ1dG1fY2FtcGFpZ249bmV3c2xldHRlcl9heGlvc3dvcm xkJnN0cmVhbT13b3JsZA/58739f36cb4a2be3538b51c0B9398bdc8) on a 3-month period to decide from a menu of further punishments, some of which — like cutting off nearly all trade — are quite severe.

However, the administration is reportedly hoping to avoid (https://link.axios.com/click/14383209.20902/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuYXhpb3MuY29tL3B1dGluLXRydW1wLXJ1c3 NpYS1zYW5jdGlvbnMtcG9tcGVvLW1lZXRzLWxhdnJvdi03ZmM4 N2VmNC05NGVkLTQxYjYtYmQzYi1kNjU2NzI1YzY5NDcuaHRtbD 91dG1fc291cmNlPW5ld3NsZXR0ZXImdXRtX21lZGl1bT1lbWFp bCZ1dG1fY2FtcGFpZ249bmV3c2xldHRlcl9heGlvc3dvcmxkJn N0cmVhbT13b3JsZA/58739f36cb4a2be3538b51c0Ba776d6f9) the type of tit-for-tat escalation with the Kremlin that we saw in March, when both countries expelled 60 diplomats.