Veteran Journalist Calls Skripal Case a ‘Carefully Constructed Drama’

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Not everyone believes the British government's claim that Russia attacked a Russian ex-spy and his daughter with a nerve agent in England.

"The Skripal case is a carefully constructed drama," veteran journalist John Pilger said in an interview on RT.

According to news reports, Sergei Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in the English city of Salisbury on March 6. Three days later, British police announced that the two were poisoned with a nerve agent in a targeted murder attempt and linked the Russian government to the attack.

"There's no evidence. ... Russia's request for a sample of this nerve agent has been turned down," Pilger explained. "The British police have made no commentary on this. This is extraordinary. So you have an attempted murder. You have a crime scene. And you have no evidence. And neither do you have a motive. Why on earth would Russia on the eve of an election, and on the eve of staging the World (football) Cup, want to destroy, if you like, its international name with such a crime? ... But there's plenty of motive on the other side."

Pilger, who has a history of strong criticism against imperialism, pointed out that the Skripal attack happened not far from the Porton Down facility, England's military research base, where chemical weapons are developed.

He also compared the current anti-Russia global climate to the lies that fueled the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

"This is a propaganda campaign promoted specifically in the media and in the government," Pilger concluded.

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