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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman

The self-styled “research collective” Bellingcat, along with the so-called Insider Russia website, presented the latest twist in the Skripal incident – a US/UK false flag wrongfully blamed on Russia.

Bellingcat’s founder Eliot Higgins is affiliated with the Russophobic neocon Atlantic Council. He’s a nonresident digital forensic research lab senior fellow.

The so-called Bellingcat “investigation team” claimed falsely accused Ruslan Boshirov of masquerading as GRU colonel Anatoliy Chepiga, adding he and Alexander Petrov are “undercover officers of the Russian Military Intelligence, widely known as GRU.”

No proof was presented, “multiple (unnamed) sources…confirm(ing) the suspect’s identity” alone cited

Accusations without credible proof are groundless. Charges of Russian responsibility for the Skripal incident were diabolically cooked up, part of US/UK demonization of the country.

Both men are being used as convenient patsies for something they had nothing to do with. Unfortunately they traveled to the wrong country at the wrong time as tourists, never imagining how they’d be deviously used to demonize their homeland.

No evidence suggests they were on a mission to harm the Skripals or anyone else. No plausible reason was given for Russia wanting to poison them.

In cahoots with Washington, UK intelligence falsely blamed the Kremlin for what it had nothing to do with.

Like Western media, Bellingcat notoriously publishes material, citing unnamed sources – either invented or used to demonize Russia.

Alleged GRU colonel Chepiga may exist, but no one by this name is included in Interpol red notices to member countries, listing individuals wanted for extradition.

Nor are there red notices for Boshirov and Petrov – likely private Russian citizens unconnected to its government or intelligence community. According to the Russian language Kommersant broadsheet, these aren’t their real names.

No credible UK evidence links these individuals to the Skripal incident because none exists. Bellingcat presented no credible evidence that Boshirov is Chepiga.

Claiming the Skripals were poisoned by a deadly novichok nerve agent was a bald-faced lie, the substance able to kill anyone exposed to a minute amount in minutes.

Father and daughter Skripal are alive, well, and held incommunicado to conceal information they might reveal, contradicting the official falsified narrative.

According to Sputnik News, “Bellingcat previously alleged that Petrov and Boshirov were military intelligence agents, (citing) Federal Migration Service (FMS) data.”

Deputy Interior Minister Igor Zubov said it’s impossible to obtain this type information from FMS documents. 

Bellingcat clearly lied, again in its fabricated September 26 report. Skripal incident Big Lies were discredited months ago.

RT said Bellingcat “came to (its) conclusion…by creating a preferred profile of a Russian military intelligence officer and then looking for a person to fit it.” 

“(T)hey came up with Chepiga as their guy,” an alleged GRU agent who may not exist.

RT stressed that no highly decorated senior Russian military or intelligence officer, how Chepiga was described, would be sent on a mission to harm the Skripals or anyone like them.

Bellingcat’s claims and alleged documents have no credibility – the latest Skripal incident Big Lie, likely more of the same coming.

The late investigative journalist Robert Parry called Bellingcat a UK online operation, “bas(ing) its research on photographs and other stuff pulled off the Internet,” adding:

Its founder Eliot Higgins notoriously “made journalistic errors that would have ended the careers of many true professionals, yet he continues to be cited and hailed by the likes of The New York Times and The Washington Post, which have historically turned up their noses about Internet-based journalism.”

“The secret to Higgins’s success seems to be that he reinforces what the US government’s propagandists want people to believe but lack the credibility to sell.” 

“It’s a great business model, marketing yourself as a hip ‘citizen journalist’ who just happens to advance Official Washington’s ‘group thinks.’ ”

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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.