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24.03.2018

Embassy Press Officer responds to a media question regarding MoD Porton Down secret laboratory activity

Q: How would you comment on the statement by the head of MoD secret laboratory at Porton Down, Gary Aitkenhead, who said that “we would not be allowed to operate if we had lack of control that could result in anything leaving the four walls of our facility”? Doesn’t that mean that there is something that potentially could escape the “four walls”?

A: Indeed, we have noted that statement by the lab’s chief executive. This amounts to admitting that the secret facility is a place where new components of military-grade poisons are being researched and developed. Most notably, Mr Aitkenhead did not deny the existence of chemical weapons stocks. Apparently, they include the A-234 agent that, according to official British statements, was used to poison the Skripals and Sgt Bailey.

By the way, on 19 March Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also hinted at those stocks in his interview to Deutsche Welle’s Zhanna Nemtsova.

These statements leave us with no choice but to reiterate our demand for full information on the Salisbury poisoning investigation to be provided and for the Porton Down military poisons programme to be fully disclosed.




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