It seems all lab tests are done, full investigation was finished and all conclusions made. What, that didn't happen? Oh right, there is no need to. We all already know who to blame. investigation is just a formality that can be neglected.
Truly post-truth world. And history, even most recent one, still don't teach many fellows.
Good thing nobody asked for Pearl Harbor investigation to be concluded before declaring war on Jpaan, right? I mean, yes, on the face of it it was clean cut case, but did anyone make sure in the first hours that the planes were not VISMODded Swordfishes manned by Japanese British pilots?
I mean, the ionvestigation will never be conclusive enough for some, it is enough to look at Syrian gas attacks or on the Polish Tupolev crash (in the opposite direction). Or even at the death of one of Czechoslovakia's founders in an air crash where Slovakian nationalists are still trying to float the "assassination" theory. However... The target and the method kinda fits a certain pattern. I know snap judgments can be tricky and that gentleman in ski mask breaking through a house window might just be a guest at a fancy dress party who took a wrong turn, but...
In fairness, you can pick Novichok up easily on Ebay these days. Ive even bought Tabun and VX on Amazon. Ideal for dealing with mice.
(For all those of Echelon that was what passes for a joke, so you dont need to send the Tiptoe boys round, thanks very much).
The central problem is this. We had an investigation of Litvinenko. We found the poison, we found the murderers, we found even a teapot with an atomic signature comparable to Fatman, and it STILL was not believed. So I dont really see this changes anything. We could have left it 10 years like we did with Litvinenko and they would still pull out the 'well maybe Mi6 did it'.
Means, motive, opportunity. Try as I might, I cannot think of anyone that has all 3 in abundance than the FSB, and quite probably, the Russian President.
Edited by Stuart Galbraith, 12 March 2018 - 1352 PM.