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At issue are going to be fundamental questions not only about the conduct of the Russian state and security services, but about the capacity and integrity of the British intelligence services, and also the British police.  Also at issue are fundamental questions about the ability of the `Fourth Estate' in Britain to subject claims made by the intelligence services, and the police, to critical examination.

Well - if that's the issue you can probably stop right there.

I know of no evidence suggesting that the various elements of the British establishment are anything other than systemically corrupt.

To date we've had Iraq, Hillsborough, Leveson, phone hacking and the subsequent arrests, the bizarre fall-out from the Jimmy Savile investigation, and a number of other stories I can't be bothered to list - all suggesting that corruption and dishonesty are the default.

So when it comes to the official British account, I wouldn't waste time on it.

Unfortunately that leaves very little to go on in the rest of this case.  

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 11:11:31 AM EST
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