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The entire UK press is refusing to tell the British public of revelations about the Skripal poisoning in Salisbury which - if revealed - would surely lead to the sacking of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and could even bring down the entire Theresa May regime.

The UK's press has gone strangely quiet on the Skripal case. After the huge uproar over the Salisbury poisoning incident and the miraculous recovery of all the victims of "Putin's deadly nerve agent Novichok", there is only silence. But remarkable revelations in the small print of a local newspaper and the website of a specialist health journal tell us why.

First, consider for a moment what is missing: Where are the further statements from Julia Skripal? Where is she and why have there been no further briefings about the health? Has she visited her father in hospital? If yes, why has this not been reported? If, no, why not?

What has happened to the daily updates on Sergei Skripal? The last reports suggested that he would shortly be able to leave hospital, so has he done so? If not, how is he? How did he take the news that the British state killed all his pets and incinerated the evidence that they were not contaminated with Novichok?

But the failure of the UK's mainstream media to update the British public on important aspects of the Skripal case goes much, much further than this.

First, we have the little noticed fact that the May regime has used at least one D Notice to stifle press coverage of the affair. The government order gagging the press was apparently issued to protect the cover of the MI6 operative who was Sergei Skripal's 'handler'. With the customary incompetence of this government, the D Notice was actually issued after some sections of the press had published his name, and more importantly, the fact that he worked for Orbis Business Intelligence, the company which created the fake news "Dirty Dossier" about Donald Trump.

It is customary for the media not to reveal that they have been hit with a D Notice; after all, they don't like to admit that they are under government control and obey government censorship diktats - that's something that's supposed to happen only under 'totalitarian regimes', after all.

In this case, however, the truth was revealed by Alex Thomson, chief correspondent and presenter of Channel 4 News. Thomson tweeted about it on March 12th:

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While the D Notice apparently warned off Britain's pitifully compliant 'mainstream', however, one Bulgarian journalist was much more tenacious and principled.

In 2017 investigative journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhiev reported about massive air transports of weapons from Europe to Syrian 'rebels' under diplomatic cover and got fired over it. On April 26th, however, she made another interesting find. She tweeted that:

Clinical Services Journal is a specialist publication for healthcare professionals in the UK's acute healthcare sector. It is thus a serious publication written by and for people very familiar with issues such as opioid poisoning.

The Clinical Services Journal piece Gaytandzhiev had found is from March 5th, 2018, the day after the Skripal incident in Salisbury. In its original version it read:
Salisbury District Hospital declared a "major incident" on Monday 5 March, after two patients were exposed to an opioid [...] It followed an incident hours earlier in which a man and a woman were exposed to the drug Fentanyl in the city centre. The opioid is 10,000 times stronger than heroin.
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On April 27th, a day after the article was publicised, but more than seven weeks after the Skripals were poisoned, the article was changed. Once more, it was Dilyana Gaytandzhiev doing the work that the compliant and cowardly UK media failed to do. She tweeted again:

The second line of the doctored article now reads:
"It followed an incident hours earlier in which a man and a woman were exposed to a substance in the city centre."
All reference to Fentanyl as the cause of the Skripals' illness in the March 5th article was removed between April 26th and April 27th. That said - again displaying the sloppy incompetence of those responsible for the monstrously irresponsible Novichok hoax - the article still contains a reference to an opioid:

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Nor was the CSJ the only outlet which reported the Fentanyl. The local Salisbury Journal reported it on March 5th and - at present - the piece is still up on its website:
"Police declared a major incident after a man in his 60s and a woman in her 30s were found unconscious on a bench in the shopping centre on Sunday.

"Emergency services at the scene suspected the substance may have been a powerful drug called fentanyl, but nothing has yet been confirmed.

"They were taken to Salisbury District Hospital where they are in a critical condition in intensive care."
Now, it could be argued that the initial fentanyl diagnosis was mistaken, and that the Skripals were indeed suffering from the effects of the ultra-deadly nerve agent which failed to kill either them, the people who first went to their aid on the bench, the police officer, the guinea pigs or the cat.

Such a claim would however clash with the government's explanation for the Skripals' miraculous survival - that as soon as they arrived they were given the antidote to Novichok which just happened to be in stock at an ordinary District General Hospital which does not even have a Poisons Unit.

Self-evidently, if they had been rendered unconscious through Novichok poisoning but treated for Fentanyl ingestion, the treatment would have failed and they would either have died or been left in a permanent vegetative state. After all, the press and medical experts all assured us that the effects of Novichok are fast-acting and irreversible.

If, on the other hand, they were indeed poisoned by Fentanyl, and treated as such, they would have stood a much better chance of survival and recovery.

All the more so because staff at Salisbury DGH have become somewhat expert at dealing with the effects of the heroin substitute. In November 2017 the Salisbury Journal reported about an unrelated fenatanyl overdose case. In 2016 Salisbury had a spike in Fentanyl OD cases.

Another local news site, Devon Live, also carried the original report on March 5th, under the headline: 'Major chemical incident declared after 10 people vomited fentanyl and two are critically ill':
"It is understood that police suspect fentanyl, a synthetic opiate many times stronger than heroin, may have been involved. A man and a woman are in a critical condition and up to 10 other people are involved.

"Officers and paramedics were called to The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury after the man and a woman fell ill. The woman, who was unconscious, was airlifted to Salisbury district hospital at about 4.15pm, while the man was taken by ambulance. [...]

"It was recently reported that fentanyl has claimed the lives of at least 60 people in the UK over the last eight months."
The Devon Live report is still (at present) online in its original form. It links to the first Wiltshire Police statement on the case and quotes from it. Curiously the link is dead. The first official police statement on the Skripal case is "currently unavailable." 1
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All of which leaves us with one huge, unanswered question: Is the total silence of the entire British press on this extraordinary demolition of the government's "case" against Russia over the Skripal poisoning the result of a further D Notice?

Or is it a shocking example of collective self-censorship by a media elite which is as committed as the May regime and the hawks in Washington to the demonisation of Russia and increased Western intervention in Syria and Ukraine?

Because the evidence uncovered by a solitary young Bulgarian journalist could and should bring down at the very least Britain's sabre-rattling buffoon of a Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson. And, given the extraordinary international crisis the deliberate misdiagnosis has caused, Theresa May and the entire Tory government as well.

The scandal was far more dangerous, the failed cover-up is far more ridiculous, and the exposure is far more dramatic, than the events that brought down Nixon and made the classic film about Watergate. And Skripalgate surely has just as good a ring to it? But does the British media have a Bob Woodward or a Carl Bernstein? I think you can guess the answer...
Author Nick Griffin is a former Member of the European Parliament (2009 - 2014)

1 The Wiltshire police report is cached on the Wayback Machine archive