Archive for 5 aprile 2018

Boris Johnson ha mentito sull’avvelenamento di Sergei e Yulia Skripal II

5 aprile 2018

In lingua italiana (4 aprile 2018):

Spia: Johnson accusato di aver mentito
Nuvole su alleanza anti-Mosca dopo frenata su origine veleno

«(ANSA) – LONDRA, 4 APR – Polemica sul governo britannico, e in particolare su Boris Johnson, dopo il rifiuto ieri del direttore del laboratorio militare di Porton Down di certificare l’origine russa dell’agente nervino usato il 4 marzo a Salisbury per intossicare l’ex spia Serghei Skripal e sua figlia Yulia. E ad accusare il capo del Foreign Office di aver mentito è oggi la ministra ombra laburista dell’Interno, Diane Abbott…

…Mentre Johnson deve rispondere di aver dato per certo il responso di Porton Down sulla provenienza del veleno a una tv tedesca. Parole adesso smentite dal direttore del laboratorio.»

In lingua inglese (4 aprile 2018):

Did Boris Johnson lie about Porton Down’s evidence against Russia?

«The head of Porton Down appears to have contradicted claims by Boris Johnson about the poisoning of a former spy, Sergei Skripal.

In an interview, the foreign secretary secretary talked about the scientific analysis of the Novichok nerve agent that was used. And he seemingly confirmed that the Porton Down defence research laboratory had “no doubt” that the substance was made in Russia.

However, Porton Down’s chief executive has now said that scientists have “not identified the precise source”.»

Foreign Office forced to admit it DELETED tweet falsely claiming Porton Down confirmed nerve agent was ‘produced in Russia’
Both Boris Johnson and the Foreign Office are now accused of wrongly saying Porton Down confirmed the Novichok used on Sergei Skripal was from Russia

«The tweet – which supposedly quoted Britain’s ambassador to Moscow – claimed analysis by Porton Down “made clear” the nerve agent used to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal was “produced in Russia”.

But Porton Down says it did not provide that confirmation…

…Last month Mr Johnson personally suggested the military lab had confirmed the poison’s source.

Asked how he knew Russia was the source of the nerve agent, the Foreign Secretary told a German newspaper on March 20: “When I look at the evidence, I mean the people from Porton Down, the laboratory … [Asked if they have samples]. They do.And they were absolutely categorical and I asked the guy myself, I said, ‘Are you sure?’ And he said there’s no doubt.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn today accused Mr Johnson of “exaggeration”, said he had “egg on his face” and added: “Boris Johnson has serious questions to answer…

…Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott added: “It seems Boris Johnson misled the public when he claimed that Porton Down officials confirmed to him that Russia was the source of the nerve agent used in the Salisbury attack.

“Those officials have made it clear they cannot identify its source, and are not able to definitively say it came from Russia or elsewhere.

“Boris Johnson is supposed to represent Britain on the world stage, but time and again he has shown he is unable to do so responsibly.”»