The Daily Telegraph of January 22nd, 2019 conveys the most bizarre and fanciful “Russian green men under the floorboards” story yet concocted by an exposed British intelligence apparatus frantically trying to put at least a fig leaf on its naked self. Here it is: “Well-placed sources now believe that the plot to kill Col. Skripal may have included a black ops attempt to sow doubt on the veracity of the explosive dossier that claims Donald Trump received Kremlin backing. The year before the attempted assassination of Col. Skripal, a mysterious post on LinkedIn suggested his MI6 handler, who is not being named, worked as a senior analyst at Orbis Business Intelligence, the firm that produced the Trump dossier. But a number of sources have told The Telegraphthat the LinkedIn profile is false — if it ever properly existed at all — and that Skripal’s MI6 handler never worked for Orbis. It is now suspected that the LinkedIn profile was created by the GRU, the Russian military intelligence unit which tried to kill Col. Skripal with novichok nerve agent.”
The Telegraph rambles on: “A well-placed source said: `By creating this link, they are suggesting that MI6 are involved with the dossier or Skripal or both. It adds to the confusion and acts as a wedge between the White House and Downing Street. It is exactly the kind of operation the Russians would order to sow confusion.'”
So, here we go folks. According to the logic of this absurd claim, the Russians actually plotted to assassinate Skripal a full 14 months before his Novichok poisoning, and, as part of the plot, in January of 2017 made up a LinkedIn profile linking Pablo Miller, Skripal’s MI6 handler, to Christopher Steele’s Orbis Business Intelligence, somehow to discredit Steele’s dodgy dossier against Trump. Oh, those clever Russkies.
Overlooked in this paranoid claim is the simple fact that Steele’s dodgy dossier is self-discrediting. Pablo Miller, a former MI6 agent, is part of the Integrity Initiative and otherwise involved in the close spy circle of the former head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, which includes Christopher Steele, the former head of MI6’s Russia desk. Miller and Steele worked together in Russia. Aside from the Integrity Initiative there are numerous overlaps of the Dearlove network and Hakluyt, the retirement home for MI6 spies who all engage in active operations.
The rest of the Telegraph screed is an attack on former British Ambassador Craig Murray, who decimated the U.K.’s preferred fable concerning the Skripal poisoning. Murray had suggested that it was possible that Skripal was poisoned by the Brits themselves to cover for Skripal’s knowledge of Steele’s dodgy dossier. The Telegraph article denounces this as a conspiracy theory and claims that Miller never worked for Orbis and Skripal was not a source for Steele’s fabricated Trump dossier.
The real concern of the Telegraph‘s spook informants is in the now-exposed fact, that MI6 was totally involved in both the Skripal poisoning and the debunked dirty Steele dossier. Note the present tense in their follow-on statement: “it acts as a wedge between the White House and Downing Street.” Apparently, we have drawn blood. The Integrity Initiative, the now-exposed British military psychological and information warfare operation, has also wiped its website clean while the theft of its internal documents is being investigated.