Russia-blaming media & Tories roasted online over hasty Skripal claims
Netizens, including many leading British journalists and political commentators, have roundly criticized the leading cheerleaders of the ‘Russia Did It’ camp, including PM Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
"We have not identified the precise source, but we have provided the scientific info to government who have then used a number of other sources to piece together the conclusions you have come to,” Porton Down Chief Executive Gary Aitkenhead told Sky News on Tuesday.
7/ However, Boris Johnson claimed to have "asked the guy himself" if Porton Down were sure it came from Russia. "He said there's no doubt". This needs to be clarified.— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) April 3, 2018
Boris Johnson claimed Porton Down said there was ‘no doubt’ they knew Novichok came from Russia.— George Aylett (@GeorgeAylett) April 3, 2018
Today, Porton Down say they don’t know the precise source.
It’s not Porton Down’s job to find source but to analyse what the substance is.
So Johnson may have lied to the public. pic.twitter.com/amfvDWcTEi
Paging Boris Johnson and Theresa May when Porton Down's unable to establish where Novichok used to poison Sergei & Yulia Skripal was made. Let's see your "evidence" it's from Russia— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) April 3, 2018
It’s not just May and her government that have been slammed, though, with the mainstream media also criticized for peddling the government's claims without resorting to the need for evidence.
Others have praised Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for his hesitance in blaming Russia for the attack. Corbyn has consistently called for definitive evidence that the attack was carried out by Russia and that it was the country of the origin for the Novichok used to poison ex-double agent Sergei Skripal, as well as his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, on March 4.
A few weeks ago the link between Novichok and Russia was down to precise forensic testing. This was used against Corbyn's argument that we needed more evidence, as he'd argued with Iraq. Now they're saying it's about intelligence, not testing. But hey, we're the cranks I guess.— Liam Young (@liamyoung) April 3, 2018
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