Skripal Affair, Cambridge Analytica: London’s Secret Services Are No Novices

Numerous independent political observers outside of the mainstream media have exposed the blatant attempts by Prime Minister Theresa May and her government to lead the “free world” into a acrusade against Russia purportedly for poisoning a former Russian spy turned British agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury on March 4.  They point to the total lack of evidence presented by the British authorities, as well as to the absence of any cui bono from the side of the Russians.

That, of course, did not stop the May government from immediately drawing conclusions on the guilty party. The Metropolitan police, however, warned that it could take “months” before their investigaion is concluded, while the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons, which was only allowed in well over two weeks after the attack, will need weeks to carry out their tests.

Despite the uncertainties, British Defence Minister Gavin Williamson on March 15 undiplomatically said of Russian protests that “Russia should shut up and go away,” while Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson drew a parallel between Vladimir Putin presiding over the next World Cup to Hitler at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. So, they are clearly unhinged.

But that is not the only headache for Her Majesty’s highly unpopular government, which was in fact fighting for its very survival just days before the bizarre “Skripal affair”. The British have also come under attack for other, dirty secret service operations.

It surfaced in mid-March that Cambridge Analytica, a data mining firm used (among others) by the Trump campaign, had improperly obtained data from Facebook to influence the 2016 presidential elections. Immediately, a barrage of attacks was launched against both Donald Trump and Facebook.

However, such attacks are very serious diversions from the real culprits, according to a bombshell article published March 20 by investigative journalist Liam O’Hare , entitled “SCL, a Very British Coup” in Bella Caledonia. He looks into the parent company of Cambridge Analytica, called SCL (Strategic Communications Laboratories), whose board is made up of “an array of Lords, Tory donors, ex-British army officers and defense contractors,” offering military grade psy ops as a private company. The two companies, according to The Observer, are for all practical purposes one and the same.

The organization boasts that it has conducted behavioral change programs in over 60 countries with clients including the British Ministry of Defense, the U.S. State Department, and NATO. SCL has a contract with the U.S. State Department to counter terrorist propaganda and disinformation. And it participated in “countering Russia propaganda operations” in support of Ukraine for NATO.

Mark Turnbull, who heads up SCL Elections, used to head a Pentagon-funded PR campaign in occupied Iraq which included production of fake Al Qaeda videos. The president of SCL is Sir Geoffrey Pattie, the Defense Secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s government.

Liam O’Hare ends his profile by noting that the “shadowy actors using dirty tricks in order to rig elections”, are not in Moscow but are “British, Eton educated, headquartered in the City of London and have close ties to Her Majesty’s government.”

Moreover:

* On March 21, Prime Minister May was asked in Parliament about the role of the UK in “subverting the democratic process in another country,” by Ian Blackford of the Scottish National Party, who went on to document numerous ties between Cambridge Analytica and May’s Tory Party.

* In addition, Julian Assange of Wikileaks published a dozen tweets on March 22, concerning the role of the UK in the coup against Donald Trump, naming a number of British individuals, including Christopher Steele, Claire Smith of the U.K. Joint Intelligence Committee, and Sir Andrew Wood, former U.K. Ambassador to Russia.

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