Posts Tagged ‘MI5’

Swiss Lab Spy Games Support the Theory that Novichok WASN’T Used in Salisbury

Swiss Lab Spy Games Support the Theory that Novichok WASN’T Used in Salisbury

The last 24 hours of the Novichok saga has seen a new twist — European media are widely reporting that two Russian spies were caught attempting to either hack or break into the Spiez laboratory in Switzerland that was examining samples from the Salisbury poisoning. While this announcement of an event that ...
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Salisbury Poisoning CCTV Has Suspects Walking in the Wrong Direction

Salisbury Poisoning CCTV Has Suspects Walking in the Wrong Direction

Image 5 in the Met Police’s CCTV collection of Petrov and Boshirov also poses some questions. Their timeline says: Image five shows the suspects ten minutes later — at 11.58 — on Wilton Road, Salisbury, we say, moments before the attack. The police did not say where on Wilton Road that this image was ...
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Are Salisbury Poisoning CCTV Images Actually Surveillance Pictures?

Are Salisbury Poisoning CCTV Images Actually Surveillance Pictures?

In the latest chapter in the Salisbury Novichok saga the police have released a selection of images of two men they are naming as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. While there has been widespread speculation that the images are fake, doctored or otherwise not real pictures, this has involved a ...
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Maximum Stupidity: The Novichok Extradition

Maximum Stupidity: The Novichok Extradition

In a low-key announcement the British government have demanded that Russia extradite two suspects in the Salisbury novichok attack. Media reporting on this latest move in the novichok saga is replete with the same contradictions and absurdities that have plagued this story since day one. This is my latest article ...
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ClandesTime Special - Just When You Thought it was Safe to Go Back in the Novichok

ClandesTime Special – Just When You Thought it was Safe to Go Back in the Novichok

For the last several weeks the British media has been in full panic mode after two people were apparently poisoned in the English town of Amesbury, a few miles from Salisbury. The official story is that the pair found a perfume bottle containing Novichok that was discarded by Russian assassins ...
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Subscriber Podcast #21 - Satirising the Security State

Subscriber Podcast #21 – Satirising the Security State

While most entertainment supports or promote the military, police and intelligence agencies there is a smaller but important sub-genre that critiques and satirises the security state.  On this month's subscriber-only podcast I look at four examples - two TV series and two films - that mock and criticise the security ...
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ClandesTime 146 - The Death of David Kelly

ClandesTime 146 – The Death of David Kelly

The death of weapons expert and UN inspector Dr David Kelly in the summer of 2003 is one of the Iraq War's most enduring mysteries. While the case was officially ruled a suicide, this conclusion was reached by an informal government inquiry which the Blair government used to replace the ...
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ClandesTime 144 - The Recruit (by Robert Muchamore)

ClandesTime 144 – The Recruit (by Robert Muchamore)

One of the growing markets in spy fiction is pop culture aimed at teenagers or 'young adults'. The CHERUB series by Robert Muchamore depicts a junior wing of MI6, with the first novel in the series – The Recruit – depicting the recruitment, training and first mission of our protagonist, ...
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