Former British Ambassador Craig Murray courageously campaigned for the truth about the Skripal affair. So far, it is now know that the UK govt lied about a direct connection of the poisoning case to Russia. It has come out that while an analysis of the poison indicated it was Novichok or in the class there is no scientific evidence to prove that this particular sample was made in Russia.
In short, the UK government lied to its own people and to the world. Amb. Murray comments:
..."The key point is that the FCO knew it was lying. This was published six days after I was told by an FCO source, andpublished, that Porton Down scientists were refusing to say the substance came from Russia. The FCO knew this.
I have now received confirmation from a well placed FCO source that Porton Down scientists are not able to identify the nerve agent as being of Russian manufacture, and have been resentful of the pressure being placed on them to do so. Porton Down would only sign up to the formulation “of a type developed by Russia” after a rather difficult meeting where this was agreed as a compromise formulation. 16 March 2018
There has to be some kind of redress for this. If we accept that we live in a society where the public bodies that are supposed to serve us, can lie to us and to the world in order specifically to heat up a cold war, then the future is bleak. This is a direct consequence of the lack of suitable punishment for those involved in the crime of creating lies to wage aggressive war on Iraq, particularly Tony Blair, Richard Dearlove and John Scarlett. As they are not in jail, Boris is confident he will not be either.
We have learned nothing from the Iraq War experience, and what is most disheartening is that officials within the FCO and security services still do not see it as their job to prevent lies rather than to propagate them when asked by a Minister....."