Russian spy: Poisoning poses major challenge for MI6
The attempted killing of Sergei Skripal poses major challenges for British intelligence. This was a man who had been convicted for spying for Britain, pardoned, released and then targeted to be killed on British soil. The search for a motive remains a key question.
Skripal is thought to have been recruited by British intelligence in the 1990s while serving under diplomatic cover abroad with the GRU - the Russian military intelligence.
He is likely to have provided valuable intelligence at the time - especially the identities of other undercover operatives.
But he left the GRU around 2000... read more
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