An explosive Sky News interview yesterday, in which the CEO of Porton Down chemical weapons facility admitted it had not identified the source of the nerve agent used in the Salisbury attack, appears to have Boris Johnson and the Foreign Office (FCO) reeling and trying to cover their tracks.
Johnson claimed in a filmed interview that Porton Down scientists had “categorically” told him that “there is no doubt” that the poison came from Russia. The FCO initially tried to dismiss the false claim, saying that Johnson ‘misspoke’ – but the FCO then deleted its own tween in which it made the same claim, showing that it was no slip of the tongue.
The BBC has covered the Porton Down statement, but has not looked at what it reveals about the Foreign Secretary’s false claim.
Now Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has spoken to Sky News – which has focused on the revelation of Johnson’s – and the government’s – dishonesty about Porton Down’s analysis – to say that Johnson has clearly ‘exceeded the evidence’ and ‘has serious questions to answer’:
Labour’s Chris Williamson, unfettered by the need for statesmanlike language, went even further:
Boris Johnson is not just an embarrassment to our country's standing in the world, he's downright dangerous. The chilling thing is most Tory MPs are too. They're cavalier about heightening international tensions and how that could play out.https://t.co/TAVCtP4aNY
— Chris Williamson MP (@DerbyChrisW) April 4, 2018
For the security of the country, Johnson cannot be allowed to continue in post.
And for her position at ‘the head of the clattering train‘, as Johnson put it in his Deutsche Welle interview, May must resign too.
It’s time the country ceased to be put at risk for the sake of Tory party internal politics.
Unlike Sky News, BBC News appears not to be making the obvious connection between the Porton Down admission and Johnson’s false claim and has been asked why. It has not responded so far.
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