Annie Machon a one-time MI5 officer has spoken about accusations Vladimir Putin’s government was straight away involved after former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was poisoned on UK ground.
Sergei Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were establish slumped on a bench in Salisbury, Wiltshire, after being targeted with a the jitters agent.
Russia has denied responsibility for the attack, which comes seven years after Mr Skripal was released from the countryside as part of a spy swap with the US.
He had been convicted in his home country in 2006 for momentary state secrets to MI6. Police are treating the incident as an attempted murder inquisition.
Speaking with Julia Hartley-Brewer on talkRADIO, Ms Machon said: “This is why the monitor are now going to be conducting very careful evidential based work to try to summon up out exactly who might have carried this out.
Russian spy: A departed MI5 official has speculated over the Sergei Skripal poisoning
“I think that one people are overlooking. Yes, he was a spy for Britain. Yes, he was involved in a spy swap. But he has been living here out in the open for the sometime eight years.
“So I think one of the key leads in this investigation for the police and for the wit agencies is going to be, ‘what has he been doing for the last eight years?’
“’Who has he been achievement with?’ If anyone. And they will be sifting with a fine-tooth comb toe his electronic communications.
“They will get a warrant to go into his computer, look at his give someone a tinkle records, his associates, everything.
“To try to build up a picture to find out who might positively have had the right motive to carry out a very high profile hit in a identical unusual location.
“It does make everything point towards Russia. So you receive to ask well, could there be deeper motivation there?”
Ms Machon also commanded “there are too many known unknowns at this point” and it was too early to set out on speculating over the incident.
It is unconfirmed there was any Russian involvement in the quarry of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, who police believe was deliberately ended after being found unconscious earlier this week.
Tenacity agents, used in the targeting of the former spy are chemical weapons which be subjected to been used in assassinations and attacks in war zones in recent years.
Metropolitan The long arm of the law Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley confirmed that Mr Skripal is in a coma shadow the attack.
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It does make everything germane towards Russia
He said: “Having established that a fortitude agent was the cause of the symptoms, leading us to treat this as attempted massacre, I can also confirm that we believe the two people who originally became unwell were aimed specifically.
“Our role now, of course, is to establish who is behind this and why they announced out this act.”
The unnamed police officer who found Mr Skripal and his daughter is also take up arm for his life in hospital.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the cops must respond to “evidence, not rumour”, with the investigation triggering a discreet row and crisis talks in Whitehall.