Porton Down has been forced to admit that they have been ‘unable to verify’ if the nerve agent that was used to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter was of Russian origin. Experts at Porton Down, the MoD’s centre for science and technology, were unable to confirm the source of the weapon. This follows after Porton Down were also unable to determine if nerve agent used was indeed Novichok, stating it may be a similar agent.
Boris Johnson however stated “there’s no doubt” that this agent came from Russia, heavily damaging his own credibility, and the government’s.
The government remains convinced the attack was ordered and conducted by the Russian state. Porton Down this afternoon stated, “We have not identified the precise source, but we have provided the scientific information to the Government, who have then used a number of other sources to piece together the conclusions they have come to”.
Analysis from Iwan Doherty, Founder and Editor in Chief
Boris Johnson continues to show he’s not fit for the role of Foreign Secretary with his claims about this attack. If lying about an attack that has put us on the brink of another Cold War is not enough to get you fired then I truly wonder what will be.
The government will see its credibility hit by the release of this evidence and many still dismiss the blaming of Russia as scapegoating an old enemy. This will only bring more strength to the voice of the sceptics, who have seen their case get stronger with every release of new information.
However, it is worth noting that anyone outside the government is working off rumours and fragments of information to build their conclusions. Only the security services, secret intelligence services, and the Russians know what really happened, and neither will release their files.