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(BBC)   At the least the Soviets made up good cover stories. These guys may as well have claimed they were in Salisbury for the steak   ( bbc.co.uk) divider line
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2018-09-13 08:55:23 AM  
"Of course we went there to see Stonehenge, Old Sarum, but we couldn't do it because there was muddy slush everywhere," Mr Petrov told RT.

There is a bus that takes you to Stonehenge, even in muddy slush. It is too far to walk.
 
2018-09-13 10:17:10 AM  
"salisbury in the uk?  see that's where we went wrong.  i thought we were going to salisbury maryland!  see we couldn't have done anything'
 
2018-09-13 10:24:23 AM  
 
2018-09-13 10:52:18 AM  
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Good cover shtories you shay?
 
2018-09-13 10:56:02 AM  
"Hey, bro!  Let's jet off to England for a couple days.  We can see Salisbury Cathedral!"
"Killer idea, bro!  The first week of March is the best time of year to go to England!"
 
2018-09-13 10:56:35 AM  
Their mothers and fathers were rabbits...
 
2018-09-13 10:57:48 AM  
They went to climb up the hill.
I hear the eagles there are something to observe.
 
2018-09-13 10:59:53 AM  
*checks trump's twitter feed*

so tough
 
2018-09-13 11:00:04 AM  
Russia just doesn't care. It's hilarious and sad at the same time.
 
2018-09-13 11:00:59 AM  

Rev. Skarekroe: They went to climb up the hill.
I hear the eagles there are something to observe.


Putin has come to take them домой.
 
2018-09-13 11:01:05 AM  
"Those are our real names,"

Saying that makes it sound a lot like those aren't your real names...
 
2018-09-13 11:01:22 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Russia just doesn't care. It's hilarious and sad at the same time.


It's only sad because our current President doesn't care because he and his entire party are on the Russian payroll.
 
2018-09-13 11:04:36 AM  
"Those are our real names,"

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2018-09-13 11:04:44 AM  
So they went all the way from Russia to Salisbury to see Stonehenge and the cathedral but didn't expect it to rain in England and so they left the same day.

Sounds legit.
 
2018-09-13 11:04:55 AM  

Rapmaster2000: "Hey, bro!  Let's jet off to England for a couple days.  We can see Salisbury Cathedral!"
"Killer idea, bro!  The first week of March is the best time of year to go to England!"


I'm not that familiar with UK geography.

Is that like the equivalent of saying, "I've never been to the States before and I could have visited New York, Chicago or LA, but something about Toledo, Ohio, really intrigued me."
 
2018-09-13 11:06:18 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Russia just doesn't care. It's hilarious and sad at the same time.


like trump, they care a lot about undermining the idea of 'truth'
 
2018-09-13 11:08:05 AM  
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So I zed to Boris 'Let uz goes to the place that makes thiz heavenly manna'
 
2018-09-13 11:08:37 AM  

SirEattonHogg: Rapmaster2000: "Hey, bro!  Let's jet off to England for a couple days.  We can see Salisbury Cathedral!"
"Killer idea, bro!  The first week of March is the best time of year to go to England!"

I'm not that familiar with UK geography.

Is that like the equivalent of saying, "I've never been to the States before and I could have visited New York, Chicago or LA, but something about Toledo, Ohio, really intrigued me."


Salisbury is a nice little city, but Stonehenge is nearby and that's obviously pretty cool, if you like that sort of thing. This pair arent exactly historians, or ravers, or new age types though. It's such obvious horseshiat.
 
2018-09-13 11:08:53 AM  
Da. Is story and am sticking to it.
 
2018-09-13 11:08:58 AM  

SirEattonHogg: Rapmaster2000: "Hey, bro!  Let's jet off to England for a couple days.  We can see Salisbury Cathedral!"
"Killer idea, bro!  The first week of March is the best time of year to go to England!"

I'm not that familiar with UK geography.

Is that like the equivalent of saying, "I've never been to the States before and I could have visited New York, Chicago or LA, but something about Toledo, Ohio, really intrigued me."


Or I flew to Greenville, SC to go see the Georgia Guidestones.
 
2018-09-13 11:10:32 AM  

1000Monkeys: So they went all the way from Russia to Salisbury to see Stonehenge and the cathedral but didn't expect it to rain in England and so they left the same day.

Sounds legit.


a (so-far, so far as I know) unrelated data point regrading stonehenge

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-w​i​ltshire-29083959

"Barack Obama in Stonehenge visit on return from Nato summit"
 
2018-09-13 11:11:32 AM  

SirEattonHogg: Rapmaster2000: "Hey, bro!  Let's jet off to England for a couple days.  We can see Salisbury Cathedral!"
"Killer idea, bro!  The first week of March is the best time of year to go to England!"

I'm not that familiar with UK geography.

Is that like the equivalent of saying, "I've never been to the States before and I could have visited New York, Chicago or LA, but something about Toledo, Ohio, really intrigued me."


Not far wrong, Salisbury is picturesque in the old streets, but once you get past the cathedral, and Stonehenge, there's no real tourist draws. Maybe Old Sarum, but you can get around all 3 easily enough in a day trip from London
 
2018-09-13 11:12:54 AM  

way south: Their mothers and fathers were rabbits...


Never Trust A Bunny (Hoodwinked! 2005)
Youtube eEJDYO53750
 
2018-09-13 11:14:09 AM  

Shaggy_C: there was muddy slush everywhere," Mr Petrov told RT.


Russians complaining about a bit of muddy slush.... no wonder no-one believes them
 
2018-09-13 11:14:21 AM  
One time I was doing some testing in Las Cruces, NM. It was boring and automated so to kill some time we drove three hours to Roswell. Looked around and drove back to Las Cruces. Did kill anyone with nerve toxin. I suspect it was the same for these two. Hanging out in a safe house in St. Pete, take a quick flight to the Uk and by pure chance walk past an former colleague's house
 
2018-09-13 11:15:08 AM  

21-7-b: 1000Monkeys: So they went all the way from Russia to Salisbury to see Stonehenge and the cathedral but didn't expect it to rain in England and so they left the same day.

Sounds legit.

a (so-far, so far as I know) unrelated data point regrading stonehenge

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wi​ltshire-29083959

"Barack Obama in Stonehenge visit on return from Nato summit"


omg is that the cutest story you've ever read?

Obama going round Stonehenge with some terribly nice earnest woman from English Heritage... lol sometimes the world just delivers.
 
2018-09-13 11:15:23 AM  

Geordiebloke: SirEattonHogg: Rapmaster2000: "Hey, bro!  Let's jet off to England for a couple days.  We can see Salisbury Cathedral!"
"Killer idea, bro!  The first week of March is the best time of year to go to England!"

I'm not that familiar with UK geography.

Is that like the equivalent of saying, "I've never been to the States before and I could have visited New York, Chicago or LA, but something about Toledo, Ohio, really intrigued me."

Not far wrong, Salisbury is picturesque in the old streets, but once you get past the cathedral, and Stonehenge, there's no real tourist draws. Maybe Old Sarum, but you can get around all 3 easily enough in a day trip from London


And the giant dwarves.
 
2018-09-13 11:17:52 AM  
They're just two nudniks who distracted the authorities from the assassin.

Need to hire OJ to find the real culprits.
 
2018-09-13 11:18:54 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Russia just doesn't care. It's hilarious and sad at the same time.


If you go to the point of leaving an ultra-exclusive military poison as your calling card, you care more about making sure any other turncoats know you murdered them and any "cover story" is simply for the agents in question.  Once they are safely back in Russia you can assume they are burned for further wet work and will be reassigned to training duties.  The "cover story" is for internal consumption and national pride, and the Russians can likely see through it as well.

Remember how redcaps lick up Trump lies?  Plenty of Russians feel the same way about Putin's lies.  You want to make sure the Russians know the world is being blantantly lied to and that Russia is getting away with it.
 
2018-09-13 11:19:04 AM  
Well I'm convinced. Two Russian GRU thugs decided to fly all the way to Salisbury to see the cathedral. Is it their fault that a Russian spy and his daughter were almost murdered with a nerve agent at the exactly the same time? Makes complete and utter sense.
 
2018-09-13 11:19:19 AM  
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To be fair the snow was really bad that day...
 
2018-09-13 11:20:42 AM  

Geordiebloke: SirEattonHogg: Rapmaster2000: "Hey, bro!  Let's jet off to England for a couple days.  We can see Salisbury Cathedral!"
"Killer idea, bro!  The first week of March is the best time of year to go to England!"

I'm not that familiar with UK geography.

Is that like the equivalent of saying, "I've never been to the States before and I could have visited New York, Chicago or LA, but something about Toledo, Ohio, really intrigued me."

Not far wrong, Salisbury is picturesque in the old streets, but once you get past the cathedral, and Stonehenge, there's no real tourist draws. Maybe Old Sarum, but you can get around all 3 easily enough in a day trip from London


Yeh, I could name plenty of cities and towns in England that would be a better tourist visit than Salisbury. London, Cambridge, Oxford, York, Manchester, Norwich, Liverpool, Bristol.  Yes Salisbury is a better choice than places like Birmingham, Newcastle or Ipswich to visit but only visiting it without a local connection like family? Yeh bullshiat.
 
2018-09-13 11:21:43 AM  

Lady J: omg is that the cutest story you've ever read?

Obama going round Stonehenge with some terribly nice earnest woman from English Heritage... lol sometimes the world just delivers.


fast forward three and a bit years

in the couple of days after putin announces russia has weapons that make nato "useless" a couple of alleged russian intelligence officers appear to rock up, claiming to want to visit stonehenge, and, in apparent peace-time, start spraying about one of the world's deadliest known chemical weapons
 
2018-09-13 11:22:01 AM  
I had lunch in the small touristy village of Laycock in the Salsbury area in July, and had the steak.  They really do serve it like that.
 
2018-09-13 11:24:29 AM  

Geordiebloke: Shaggy_C: there was muddy slush everywhere," Mr Petrov told RT.

Russians complaining about a bit of muddy slush.... no wonder no-one believes them


Seriously. "Muddy slush" is a beautiful July day in Moscow.
 
2018-09-13 11:24:30 AM  

OneFretAway: I had lunch in the small touristy village of Laycock in the Salsbury area in July, and had the steak.  They really do serve it like that.


who's they?

I'm British and I've never eaten anything called Salisbury steak, or indeed seen it for sale.
 
2018-09-13 11:25:01 AM  
It'll be enough for Trump.
 
2018-09-13 11:25:04 AM  

Norfolking Chance: Yes Salisbury is a better choice than places like Birmingham, Newcastle...


Someone's read my handle and is going fishing.....
 
2018-09-13 11:25:19 AM  
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-pu​s​sy-riot-poisoning-20180913-story.html

They must have bought their poison in bulk or something.
 
2018-09-13 11:25:31 AM  

Geordiebloke: Shaggy_C: there was muddy slush everywhere," Mr Petrov told RT.

Russians complaining about a bit of muddy slush.... no wonder no-one believes them


IIRC Muddy Slush was awarded "Hero of the Soviet Union" for its achievements during WWII.
 
2018-09-13 11:25:42 AM  
Keeping tabs on who is entering your country led the authorities to these suspects.  Seems like a good idea.
 
2018-09-13 11:26:13 AM  

yet_another_wumpus: If you go to the point of leaving an ultra-exclusive military poison as your calling card, you care more about making sure any other turncoats know you murdered them and any "cover story" is simply for the agents in question.


that's a great point and, imo, absolutely true. however, it should also be seen, imo, as a direct threat of a chemical nature to the uk and others, including america
 
2018-09-13 11:28:44 AM  

Geordiebloke: Norfolking Chance: Yes Salisbury is a better choice than places like Birmingham, Newcastle...

Someone's read my handle and is going fishing.....


Maybe it's a Norfolk thing.  My neighbor when I lived there said Geordies are like Scotsmen without the brains.
 
2018-09-13 11:29:44 AM  

Target Builder: "Those are our real names,"

Saying that makes it sound a lot like those aren't your real names...


Usually you'd say "yeah, that's my real name" and not speak for both people at once. Translation: "yes, those are the names we were assigned for this mission"

I'm sure they had tons of background info and cover story already in place for the mission, so reviewing it for an edited interview wouldn't be too hard.
 
2018-09-13 11:32:27 AM  

knbwhite: Keeping tabs on who is entering your country led the authorities to these suspects.  Seems like a good idea.


you have to be careful, because you need to keep in mind that, we believe, putin backed this action and putin backs the kind of people who push similar ideas to the one you forwarded
 
2018-09-13 11:32:29 AM  

knbwhite: Keeping tabs on who is entering your country led the authorities to these suspects.  Seems like a good idea.


Not just wrong. Weapons-grade wrong.

So much information was gathered about them because of the crazy number of CCTV cameras throughout England. Those cameras aren't for foreigners, they're for citizens. So what you are implying is that you are fine with the government closely surveilling its citizens. Do you love Big Brother?
 
2018-09-13 11:35:14 AM  
according to wikipedia

Protection rackets are indistinguishable in practice from extortion rackets, and distinguishable from private security, by some degree of implied threat that the racketeers themselves may attack the business if it fails to pay for their protection
 
2018-09-13 11:43:27 AM  
I have travelled a lot and there are only a couple of locations I would not return to. Salisbury is one. Was only there for a day and had three bad experiences in a few hours. I have advised any who asked to avoid it.

So the only way I would believe the Russians would be was if they said they went the first time as tourists and went back to burn it down.
 
2018-09-13 11:43:54 AM  

Mr Tarantula: knbwhite: Keeping tabs on who is entering your country led the authorities to these suspects.  Seems like a good idea.

Not just wrong. Weapons-grade wrong.

So much information was gathered about them because of the crazy number of CCTV cameras throughout England on high streets in town centres.


ftfy

There's no CCTV across the vast, vast majority of this country. I live in zone 2 of London and there's no CCTV where I live. There's CCTV on high streets, and other high foot traffic areas. Cash points. etc etc. A lot of cameras in town centres also belong to privately owned businesses... banks, pubs, clubs etc
 
2018-09-13 11:48:22 AM  
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DECOYS?!?!?!

I'm guessing these two were turned loose after the real killer was long back in Moscow kissing baby giraffes and bragging about his opulence.  Probably barely made it through spy school, were told they were doing "important work for the motherland" and set loose in the UK to get caught.
 
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