- Johnson falsely claimed Porton Down had confirmed Russia as the Novichok source
- FCO originally admitted it but later deleted tweets
- BBC covered for Johnson by ‘losing’ filmed interview question
- Marr repeated claim this morning
- video evidence exposes both the false claim and the cover-up
On Wednesday, with the Foreign Office in disarray over the admission by Porton Down’s CEO that they had not identified the source of the poison used in the Salisbury attack.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had told an interviewer it had – but the BBC started an operation to rehabilitate Johnson’s lie when its news channel claimed that Johnson had only claimed the poison was a Novichok, not that Porton Down had confirmed a source – and even claimed it couldn’t find him being asked the question, when it had voiced over that very question just half an hour earlier.
The video evidence was undeniable – and the cover-up was immediately debunked and discredited.
But that hasn’t prevented the BBC continuing to use it.
This morning on its flagship Marr show, host Andrew Marr repeated an almost identical claim – one that is still shown to be complete nonsense by even a cursory examination of the evidence, as this video demonstrates:
The question is not hard to follow and its meaning is clear. In fact, the Foreign Office initially admitted it to Sky News, before deleting a tweet saying the same thing and changing its story:
Boris Johnson lied. He was recorded doing it. The Establishment – including the supposedly-impartial BBC – is in overdrive to cover it up while Johnson tries to misdirect with nonsensical accusations against the Labour leader.
His position is untenable – but with the help of the ‘MSM’ he is clinging onto it grimly and Theresa May appears too weak to dare sack him.
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