Bell rats who claim to bell cat

British police say two GRU agents traveling under the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Borishov used a Soviet-made nerve agent to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury in March.

Investigative organization Bellingcat said it had used documents and other research to identify Petrov as Dr. Alexander Mishkin, a member of Russia's GRU intelligence agency. Last month, it said that Borishov's real identity is GRU Col. Anatoly Chepiga.

British authorities don't dispute the identifications.


British police did not say it was the GRU or GRU agents. British police asked for help in identifying the two men. "British authorities don't dispute the identifications." Actually, British police said they won't comment on speculations about who the two men are.

If Bellingcat is proved absolutely wrong on it all or even any of it, do you think there will be as much coverage about that as there's been in echoing Bellingcat's allegations, which are often presented as facts rather than speculations.

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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