Two people unconscious on a park bench, a doctor arrives and treats them. Half an  hour later, a policeman arrives (Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey), who then ‘catches’ whatever the two, father and daughter, have got (but the doctor is fine). Blood samples are taken, and a ‘Russian’ nerve-poison Novichok is said to be detected. This is also found in the home of the father and daughter, maybe on some clothes. It’s March 4th. No wait, it’s on the door-handle.

The  local hospital knows NOTHING about an such nerve-poison story. We quote from a letter to The Times, March 16th: Sir, further to your report (“Poison exposure leaves almost 40 needing treatment”, Mar 14), may I clarify that no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve gas poisoning in Salisbury and there have only been three patients with significant poisoning. Several people have attended the emergency department concerned that they may have been exposed. None has had symptoms of poisoning an d none has needed treatment. Any blood test performed have shown no abnormality. No member of the public has been contaminated by the agent involved. STEPHEN DAVIES

(For a discussion of what he meant, see here.)

No interviews have been allowed of the couple, no independent verification by anyone else – it’s just a government story. No-one has even been allowed to see the couple since then. The Russian family of the Skripals have no ideas where they are, and their next-door neighbours have not been allowed to visit them in hospital (28 March).  

An exceptionally dumb Foreign Secretary declares it is almost certain that ‘Russia did it’. 

Since then we’ve had no information on their condition.  

So, this takes us right back to the Reds under the beds paranoia of the 1930s.

Who needs evidence when all the papers are agreed that ‘Russia did it?’

After all the WMD-hoax exposure –  with a whole terrible war because of fake UK Government Intel – can they really do it again? 

This is just a few miles from Porton Down and the MI6 agent is named Skripal. Relatives are concerned that they can’t seem to get any info on their condition. 

It’s far from clear whether this substance exists – the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons OPCW has not added it to their list of nerve toxins, because it was not evident that they existed.  Also, ‘Porton Down scientists are not able to identify the nerve gas as being of Russian manufacture.’

The clue

Mr Skripal was 66 years old and his daughter was 33 years old, 3+3=6,   =>666. This suggests a prank by some MI5 satanists, with a nod to Freemasons who will also pick up on the 33 and 66 symbolism; relying on the limited cognitive faculties of Britain’s Foreign Secretary (That park bench outside Salisbury shopping center was 6 2/3  miles from Porton Down… selected as an area with no CCTV coverage).

In storyland, this deadly new nerve agent is a ‘binary munition’ ie made by mixing together two non-lethal substances. It’s a Hollywood-movie kind of thing. “ there has never been any physical evidence of the existence of Russian Novichoks” – it came out of a TV program last November

The British government cannot comply with the Russian request to be given a sample of the substance, because it does not exist.

We’re now getting Ze evil Russians instead of Ze evil Nazis, as the latter are getting a bit passe.

One can only say, and not for the first time – thank God for Jeremy Corbyn. He preserved a dignified and intelligent scepticism towards the whole demented tale. There are here three respected left-wing British politicans – J.C., George Galloway and Red Ken, who are basically the only British politicians to talk sense on this matter! (For Galloway on Corbyn’s performance in Commons, see here.  at 7 minutes)

A joint comunique by the UK, France Germany and the USA on 15th March stated:

This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War.

No, you lying snakes, correction:

This allegation of use of a military-grade nerve agent, is the first such fake-news accusing Russia of using nerve gas since 1982. The British government did indeed make this claim (in 1982, Yellow Rain in South-East Asia) then it turned out to be a natural substance from bees – the UK Government never apologized or retracted its untruthful accusation.

Destruction of Stockpiles

Russia was last year congratulated on having achieved the complete destruction of its chemical weapon stockpile“The completion of the verified destruction of Russia’s chemical weapons programme is a major milestone in the achievement of the goals of the Chemical Weapons Convention. I congratulate Russia and I commend all of their experts who were involved for their professionalism and dedication”  -Director-general of Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW),Ahmet Üzümcü. The OPCW’s reports on Russia confirm that the agency found no evidence of the existence of an active Novichok programme.

In contrast, The “novochok” group of nerve agents ‘will almost certainly have been analysed and reproduced by Porton Down. That is entirely what Porton Down is there for.’ (Craig Murray 

The Daily Mail’s report on the British claims has virtually all of its comments as sceptical and scornful. On 18th March the ‘off-Guardian’ exposed the story as a pack of lies, concluding: “the media are trying to work up a jingoistic anti-Russia hysteria that has no parallel in recent times.”

UK has refused Russia’s request to give them samples of the alleged “novichok” for analysis and has blocked Russia’s Resolution in the UN calling for a “co-operative international investigation in line with OPCW standards”

A letter to the Times from a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Salisbury Hospital on March 14 stated that “no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury and there have only ever been three patients with significant poisoning.” That is a diplomatic way of saying that they have not come across any nerve agent poisoning.

The story came out from a TV thriller last year: 

Episode 50 ran in the U.K on November 21 2017 and in the U.S. on February 23 2018:

Meanwhile, General Lázsló shuts down Section 20, forcing Donovan to work in secret. She discovers that Zaryn is in fact Karim Markov, a Russian scientist who allegedly killed his colleagues with Novichok, a nerve agent they invented.Episodes 51 ran in the U.K on November 28 2017 and in the U.S. on March 2 2018:

Section 20 track Berisovich’s meth lab in Turov where Markov is making more Novichok and destroy it, though Berisovich escapes with Markov.Episodes 52 ran in the U.K on January 31 2018 and in the U.S. on March 9 2018:

Section 20 track down Maya, a local Muslim woman Lowry radicalised, to a local airport. When she attempts to release theNovichok, Reynolds shoots her. The Novichok is fake however, as Berisovich does not want an attack committed in his country. … By the time Section 20 arrives, Berisovich had already called in the FSB to extract Markov and confiscate the Novichok. Yuri resurfaces to kill McAllister and Wyatt. However they turn the tables and strangle him to death. They then manage to engage the FSB and contain the gas. But in the process Reynolds is exposed. Markov works on an antidote but is killed by the Russians before he can complete. McAllister improvises and saves Reynolds, before Novin blows up the lab. Lowry uses the remainder of the gas to kill Berisovich for trying to betray her.

Under great pressure, Jeremy Corbyn has caved in, averring: “the nerve agent used has been identified as of original Russian manufacture. Either this was a crime authored by the Russian state; or that state has allowed these deadly toxins to slip out of the control it has an obligation to exercise.” What a marvellous opportunity he has lost. How are the mighty fallen! Only the power of Truth can  save us now.

Thank you, Britain

Putin has now scored a far higher election victory than expected, with over 70% of the vote. Russian psephologists have put this down to the boorish abuse and accusations from the UK, external threats always draw the Russian people together! So the story has a happy ending – for now. 

 Russia Responds

Finally, Russia is pointing out, the evidence simply points to British intel capturing two Russians. 

According to the official, “either the British authorities are unable to protect from a terrorist attack on its territory or staged the attack themselves.

“Russia owes nothing and can bear no responsibility for the actions or lack of actions on the British soil,” Ermakov added.

Moscow issurprised that UK authorities deny consular access to Skripal’s daughter in violation of international norms, Vladimir Ermakov stressed. (Craig Murray accuses Boris)

Comment from Porton Down:

Comment from Porton Down Chemical and Biological Analyst:
“Blood samples from Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal were analysed and the findings indicated exposure to a nerve agent or related compound. The samples tested positive for the presence of a Novichok class nerve agent OR CLOSELY RELATED AGENT.”

Craig Murray comment: “This constitutes irrefutable evidence that the government have been straight out lying – to Parliament, to the EU, to NATO, to the United Nations, and above all to the people – about their degree of certainty of the origin of the attack. It might well be an attack originating in Russia, but there are indeed other possibilities and investigation is needed. As the government has sought to whip up jingoistic hysteria in advance of forthcoming local elections, the scale of the lie has daily increased.” (‘Boris Johnson, a Categorical liar’)

6th anniversary: Putin was first elected President of Russia on 4th March 2012.

Salisbury Constabulary is currently without a permanent Chief Constable. Senior police management void filled by a temporary CC, in situ, just-in-time for the Sergei Skripal,

State-fabricated terror

This event is state-fabricated terror, it is false-flag terror and it isn’t anything else. Two Russians are captured, and a brazen lie is concocted – let’s let The Saker tell this: 

 “This tactic is extremely crude yet very effective. You begin by vociferously proclaiming some falsehood. The fact that you proclaimed it in such vociferous and hyperbolic matter achieves two immediate results: it sends all your friends and allies a clear message “you are either with us or against us”, that leaves no room for nuance or analysis, and it gives otherwise rather spineless politicians no way to back down, thus strengthening their ‘resolve’.”

What Happened?

The Skripals were found on a park bench at around 4 pm. The young woman who first discovered them reported they were so incapacitated that she did not feel she could do anything to help them. Thirteen minutes earlier, the CCTV capture shows the Skripals striding purposefully forward. They both appear to be alert and untroubled, sufficiently alert that they notice, and look up toward, the CCTV camera location. We see the route of their walk, from the Zizzi restaurant through the market place (where they are caught on CCTV at 3.47) to the bench where they are found. 

Supposing the ‘deadly nerve agent’ was sprayed into the face of Mr Skripal. The assailant here must wear breathing apparatus. So the daughter would run and start screaming. Remember this is an open park.  A light rain was falling so not many would be walking about. Could a beam weapon have been used, to hit both if them? The police have announced (28 March) that the poison was smeared on the front door of the Father’s home.

Yulia Skripal, 33, had arrived from Russia the day before March 3rd to visit her father. At 1 pm on the 4th the two of them drive to the cemetry to pay their respects to Mr Skripal’s wife, then they go to the Zizzi restaurant to have lunch. Then they stroll down towards the park. None of this sounds like a deadly nerve-agent is working on them. And how come they both get it? Only the Father with the front-door key would have come in contact. This story is absolute, total BS.

A sound analysis

Russian ambassadors and diplomats expelled from loads of European countries (27 March), on the basis of an alleged event for which no evidence whatsoever exits: does that remind you of all the NATO nations piling into Afghanistan in 2002 with the ‘Bin laden did it ‘ mantra?

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Russian Liberal Democratic Party, wrote:

Western nations need the current conflict with Russia to consolidate the region in the face of the migrant crisis and looming collapse of the European Union. “The European Union is falling apart. How can they prevent this without an external threat? They need some fear factor… They are no longer afraid of the Islamic world, there are millions of refugees from Arab nations and Africa living in Europe anyway. China is too far. Russia is all that they are left with. Besides, the USA benefits from this whole situation. If Europe remains unstable, funds from the whole world would pour into the United States. A similar effect was recorded in the time of World War II, which was mostly waged on European territory.

It has to have been pre-planned, explained Russia’s ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov:

The smoothly coordinated and broad effort that led to the biggest collective expulsion of Russian diplomats in history was likely premeditated, the Russian ambassador to the US has said. The Salisbury incident was just a trigger… The scale of inflicted damage and the preceding information campaign speak of the fact that it had been planned beforehand – simply postponed for the right moment, – Antonov told media on Tuesday.

Moscow has called for a meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on 2nd April to have ‘an honest discussion’ of the matter. This puts the UK in a tricky position, as it has created a total pack of lies on this matter.  Lavrov adding that if “our Western partners” dodge this, then it will be further “evidence” that everything that’s happened is a “provocation.” The daughter Julia ids said to be recovering, but no Russians have been allowed contact with her, which is totally against international law.

Wise words from China in their national newspaper Global Times, 27th March: 

The British government did not provide evidence that linked Russia to the crime but was confident from the beginning there could be no other “reasonable explanation” for the attempted assassination….The fact that major Western powers can gang up and “sentence” a foreign country without following the same procedures other countries abide by and according to the basic tenets of international law is chilling. … It is beyond outrageous how the US and Europe have treated Russia. Their actions represent a frivolity and recklessness that has grown to characterize Western hegemony that only knows how to contaminate international relations. Right now is the perfect time for non-Western nations to strengthen unity and collaborative efforts among one another. These nations need to establish a level of independence outside the reach of Western influence while breaking the chains of monopolization declarations, predetermined adjudications and come to value their own judgment abilities..What Russia is experiencing right could serve as a reflection of how other non-Western nations can expect to be treated in the not-to-distant future. 

Again we quote The Saker: “we are left with the true, honest, barebone impulses of the leaders of the Empire: messianic hubris (essentially self-worship), violence and, above all, a massive reliance on deception and lies on every single level of society, from the commercial advertisements targeted at children to Colin Powell shaking some laundry detergent at the UNSC to justify yet another war of aggression. Self-worship and a total reliance on brute force and falsehoods – these are the real “Western values” today. Not the rule of law, not the scientific method, not critical thought, not pluralism and most definitely not freedom. “

The Litvinenko case of polonium poisoning was an earlier ‘false-flag’ event, blamed upon Russia. for what is known, listen here. This is the second case of a poisoning, both a part of Operation Beluga, whereby the Axis of Evil US-UK aims to to discredit Putin. Far-reaching geopolitical implications develop from the diabolical, hellish lies brewed up by British Intel: ‘Beluga killed Litvinenko.’

April 3rd Porton Down’s view:

UK scientists have been unable to prove Russia made the nerve agent A-234 (also known as “Novichok”) which was used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury. Scientists at the top secret army base Porton Down are unable to link the samples to Russia. This makes national headlines on March 4th. 

In response, Russia now avers that Britain did it.

London’s reluctance to share information on the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal has led Moscow to strongly suspect that it was the actual perpetrator of the crime, the Russian ambassador to Britain said…“We have very serious suspicion that this provocation was done by British intelligence,” Yakovenko told Russia’s NTV channel. He clarified that Russia has no direct proof of this suspicion, but the behavior of the British government constitutes strong circumstantial evidence in support of this theory…“I am sure Russia will not allow the Britons to escape the legal field. They will have to give answers,” he said.

He’ll be lucky!

A valuable interview with father of Litvinenko – he describes how initially it was not said that his son was being poisoned with polonium – that only was alleged after his death! He’s a doctor so he would know. He believes British intel poisoned his son. 38 million dollars worth of polonium – worth it? Ditto Novichek ‘if we believe it’ would have cost a million dollars. That interview is powerful stuff.

Yulia speaks

5th April “I woke up over a week ago now”  – she was unconscious for over three weeks! She said that the “entire episode is somewhat disorientating”.

To a relative in Moscow: Viktoria can be heard telling her cousin “If I get my visa tomorrow, on Monday I will fly to you”, to which Yulia responded, “nobody will give you a visa.”

Viktoria Skripal, cousin of Julia, was being interviewed on RT together with Walter Litvinenko, whose son was poisoned in London. He said to her:

“You have to go to England and demand to see that girl,” he said, referring to Yulia. “She will die there. They’ll simply poison her, just like they poisoned my son three times in hospital. It’s very dangerous to get involved with the British.” Ms. Skripal was shown nodding her head as she appeared to stare at the floor.

– as reported in the New York Times! She was of course, denied an entry visa

Responding to the news her visa application has been refused, Viktoria told Sky News: “What am I supposed to feel? I was sure that this would happen… Of course I knew I would not be given one. They [the British] must have something to hide.”

French paper sees story as total hoax (quite amusing…) Ditto for humorous Russian review of theBrit new-pack-of-lies, here.

The Abduction of Yulia Skipal

The phone call Yulia made – maybe borrowing someone else’s mobile – was not supposed to happen. Expect to see here fade away as an ‘unperson’ with none of her family allowed to see her. A statement quite obviously written by British Intel and not her style said:

I have specially trained officers available to me, who are helping to take care of me and to explain the investigative processes that are being undertaken. I have access to friends and family, and I have been made aware of my specific contacts at the Russian Embassy who have kindly offered me their assistance in any way they can. At the moment I do not wish to avail myself of their services, but, if I change my mind I know how to contact them.

The statement distanced her from her cousin Victoria whom she had managed to phone: “Her opinions and assertions are not mine and they are not my father’s.”

‘Truth bomb’ released by Russia

The substance used on Sergei Skripal was an agent called BZ, according to Swiss state Spiez lab, the Swiss chemical lab that worked with the samples that London handed over to the Organisation for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW). This lab is a Swiss state research center controlled by the Swiss Federal Office for Civil Protection and, ultimately, by the country’s defense minister. It is also an internationally recognized center of excellence in the field of the nuclear, biological, and chemical protection and is one of the five centers permanently authorized by the OPCW.

It was “of a type possessed by the UK and US” Sergei Lavrov affirmed.

The Swiss Lab has now (18 April) responded, saying ‘It can neither confirm nor deny’ the story, explaining that ‘“We are contractually bound to the OPCW for confidentiality.” The Swiss state research center is controlled by the country’s Federal Office for Civil Protection. So it now hides behind a ‘confidentiality’ clause?

But,  how would that tie in with the ‘clarification’ letter from Dr Stephen Davies at Salisbury Hospital in which he said “No patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning”? BZ symptoms start to clear up in a few hours and are gone in two days. it is good for incapacitating but is not very likely to kill unless massive doses are given. This is an ideal agent for the Skripal scenario. See Off-Guardian discussion here.

But, why did the lab contact the Russians? ‘My feeling is that someone at the Swiss Lab probably realised their conclusions were being misrepresented in the OPCW report and felt duty bound to tell the Russians…Either way, I doubt this lab will be called upon again any time soon. (JudyJ comment)

We get the impression that the British government is deliberately pursuing the policy of destroying all possible evidence, classifying all remaining materials and making a transparent investigation impossible,” the Russian ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko, said during a press conference on Friday. That’s been pretty obvious from the start.

‘It seems to me that the reason none of the MSM are doing any investigating/reporting of the Salisbury affair, apart from official handouts, is that the government have slapped a D-Notice over the whole incident and it is not possible to report that a notice has been issued’ – Clive Ponting (!Blast from the past); so they are not allowed to talk about the MI6 handler of Skripal living nearby.

 The doctors at Salisbury Hospital were treating the Skripals for Fentanyl poisoning for at least the first day. Fentanyl is a powerful opioid, 10,000 times stronger than heroin. This evidence was published on March 5th in the “Clinical Services Journal”. i.e., the day after the Skripal’s were poisoned on March 4th. (I have not understood this)

New Critique by John Delacour

  1. The extraordinary thing about this hoax is that from start to finish it does not even pretend to produce evidence.

  2. No photos:   ‘It is alleged they were first sighted at 4:03pm [on the bench], that the emergency services were called at 4:15 and arrived within minutes. The police then taped off a small area within, say, 30 yards of the bench. Reports say that the pair were taken to hospital from there about 5:15pm. The public were able to approach near enough to the scene from three quarters, to take whatever photographs they wanted. At least four professional photographers to my knowledge were also at the scene. In the full hour that for some extraordinary reason these two people were kept out in the cold and not taken to hospital, where is a single photograph or video showing hide or hair of either of them or of their carers?

  3.  not only have we no evidence of anybody, let alone Skripals, near the bench, but we have no evidence of ANYBODY having seen them in hospital

  4.  Anybody who has asked to visit has been turned down point-blank.

  5.  not a shred of evidence that they, or anybody purporting to be them, were ever at the slumping bench, or ever removed from there to any hospital.

  6. The fact that Skripal’s career as a “Russian spy” had ended many years ago and that he was now a semi-retired British spy, was not emphasized at the beginning.

  7.  no mainstream media outlet reported the story on the day, nor till the evening of 5th March, and there was very little reported even then. At least two or three local photographers, either freelance or employed by the local press, were able to get to the scene fairly soon after the police arrived about 4:20pm and to take pictures,

  8. according to all reports, these ‘victims’ were treated, at the scene, in the open [sic], for about one hour before it was seen fit to transport them to any accident and emergency unit, the nearest of thse being at Salisbury District Hospital, less than two-and-a-half miles away, say five or six minutes’ drive in an ambulance.

  9. During that one hour, neither the professional photographers at the scene nor any passer-by in possession of a camera or a smartphone, thought fit, or was able, to capture anything resembling an Anglo-Russian double agent or any young woman known to him.

  10.  no eye-witness has suggested Sergey ever ‘slumped.’ The closest Yuliya is reported to have come to ‘slumping’ is being, according to Freya Church, ‘sort of leant in on him’.

  11. Police called 4.15: old man and young woman on a bench in the Maltings; something very wrong. But, Mirror 8th March: ‘Firefighters, paramedics and police were called to The Maltings at 4.15 pm on Sunday afternoon; So, they just stand around while some ‘passing doctor’ administers first aid for half an hour. then a Detective Inspector arrives, why? And why is he touching the couple?

  12. Freya Church, on bridge 4.03 saw the couple: ‘ “She was sort of leant in on him it looked like she had passed out, maybe’

  13. Poison mentioned: Mirror, ‘The pair are currently in intensive care at Salisbury Hospital under supervision of experts from Public Health England’s Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards.’ ie Porton down just down the road. By midnight on the Tuesday, [6th] then, there had been no reports of “nerve agent” or even of “extremely rare substance.” The police announce that at present it is not being considered a terrorist incident but that they are keeping an open mind.

  14. Wednesday 7th March, the MP for Salisbury refers to “a very rare toxic substance”. Thus, seventy-two hours after the slumping on the bench we have the first intimation that a nerve agent is involved.

  15.  Fireplace salesman and newly appointed Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson supplies the bottom line, Russia was becoming an “ever greater threat.”

  16. 12th March Novicok mentioned –  has taken these world-leading experts eight days to identify the ultra-rare nerve agent. The poison selected for the purpose was a nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union and known as ‘A234’

  17. Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust sought leave in a three-day secret hearing of the Court of Protection (20-22 March) to take samples from the ‘Skripals’ – ie NHS HAD NO blood samples (‘the Williams Judgement) . We learn, On 4 March 2018 Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal were admitted to hospital in Salisbury. Tests carried out by Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down concluded that they had been exposed to a nerve agent. So how come Porton Down were at once summoned, and if so how come no-one knew for a week what the toxin was?

  18. It ought to be quite obvious to anybody, that all that is required to produce a poisoned sample of blood or urine belonging to X is a sample taken from X, and something to poison it with. Samples were given to the OPCW following the Williams judgment of 22nd March, 18 days after the alleged poisoning. Just what the value as evidence is of any blood or urine taken after such an interval I will not presume to guess;

  19. ‘I would go further, and assert that no person not signatory to the Official Secrets Act and cleared for Top Secret, will have had sight of the Skripals after 4th March, and probably for some days before that.’

  20.  there is no mention in the media of any visit to Salisbury by the OPCW.

  21. Going back to 7th March: up to this point, three days and a night following the spy-on-the-bench drama, the very existence of Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey had not been revealed to the world.Suddenly, Daily Mail, “Anti-terror chief reveals pair who were ‘targeted’ and a policeman who was first on the scene are ALL in comas fighting for their lives.” 

  22. then 8th March, ‘A detective sergeant, not previously mentioned, let alone named, suddenly materialises in hospital, where he is in a coma, his condition deteriorating; nevertheless he is stable and conscious and sitting up talking. His chief, who loves and likes him to bits, hopes he’ll soon be back at work with his massively adoring chums.’  Yeah, we get the picture.

  23. A Mr Keith Prichard said, ‘Nick is receiving medical intervention and care from highly specialist medical practitioners experienced in these matters.’ These ‘highly specialised medical practitioners’ will have come, without the shadow of a doubt, from Porton Down, where the only practitioners ‘experienced in these matters’ hang out, and perform their cruel and macabre experiments. Precisely how they are supposed to have ministered to him, we can only imagine, since in all highly-likelihood there was nothing whatever the matter with him.

  24. No-one was believing the story, so Sir Ian Blair had to be called in: ‘Blair told BBC radio [Radio 4 Today airs till 8:55am] that Det. Sgt. Nick Bailey “has actually been to the house [of the Skipals]. ‘Sources say that, while it is not certain, it is believed more likely that Bailey became contaminated on his visit to the home.’

  25. O no, not the cat!

17th March They have had to put Yulia’s cat down “because it was distressed.” I suspect that Manyunya [the cat] and the guinea-pigs were taken to a safe place to be later reunited with their owners one they had ‘recovered’ and been taken to convalesce at some secret location away from the attentions of hoax-debunkers.

-A brilliant analysis, by John Delacour.