GA GRØNT LYS: Britisk etterretning er nå sikre på at president Vladimir Putin selv ga grønt lys for operasjonen, der agentene forsøkte å bruke nervegift til å ta livet av Sergej Skripal. Foto: AP / NTB scanpix
GA GRØNT LYS: Britisk etterretning er nå sikre på at president Vladimir Putin selv ga grønt lys for operasjonen, der agentene forsøkte å bruke nervegift til å ta livet av Sergej Skripal. Foto: AP / NTB scanpixVis mer

Putin godkjente nervegiftangrepet personlig - men så begynte spionene å tabbe seg ut

Hundrevis av russiske agenter ble avslørt, og russiske etterretningsoperasjoner over hele verden ble rullet opp.

Britisk etterretning er nå sikre på at president Vladimir Putin selv ga grønt lys for operasjonen, der agentene forsøkte å bruke nervegift til å ta livet av Sergej Skripal.

De har sporet kommandokjeden helt til topps i det russiske statsapparatet - og mener å kunne dokumentere at Putin selv godkjente drapsraidet på britisk jord.

Det melder Daily Telegraph søndag.

OVERLEVDE: Sergej og Julia Skripal overlevde det russiske attentatet. Foto: Rex / NTB scanpix
OVERLEVDE: Sergej og Julia Skripal overlevde det russiske attentatet. Foto: Rex / NTB scanpix Vis mer

Har oversikt

Flere uavhengige kilder hevder etterretningsorganisasjonen som sto bak angrepet – GRU – er lagt død i Storbritannia etter at Skripal-attentatet og flere lignende operasjoner er blitt avslørt. Russerne nekter skyld, og de to Skripal-attentatmennene forsøkte i et famøst TV-intervju å forklare at det hele var en uskyldig guttetur. Dette betyr heller ikke at ikke russerne allerede skal være i gang med å bygge opp et nytt, lignende apparat i Storbritannia.

Men opprullingen av flere omfattende russiske etterretningsoperasjoner, der flere har det til felles at de er slurvete utført, har blitt en kraftig ripe i lakken for den russiske etterretningen.

- Vi er trygge på at vi nå vet alt vi trenger å vite om Salisbury-operasjonen, sier en av flere anonyme kilder til den britiske avisa.

- Det vil ta GRU flere tiår å etablere seg i Storbritannia på ny.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 05, 2018 A handout picture taken at Salisbury train station in Salisbury, west of London on March 3, 2018, and released by the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on September 5, 2018, shows Alexander Petrov (R) and Ruslan Boshirov, who are wanted by British police in connection with the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. - Investigative group Bellingcat on October 9, 2018 identified the second suspect in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal as a doctor employed by Moscow's GRU military intelligence service. "We have now identified 'Alexander Petrov' to be in fact Dr. Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, a trained military doctor in the employ of the GRU," the British-based group said in a report published on its website. Bellingcat worked with the Russian investigative team at The Insider to name the first of the two Skripal suspects 'Ruslan Boshirov' as GRU agent Anatoly Chepiga last month. The Kremlin has rejected past charges about its involvement in the case as fabrications aimed at discrediting Russia. (Photo by HO / METROPOLITAN POLICE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / Metropolitan Police Service" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 05, 2018 A handout picture taken on Fisherton Road in Salisbury, west of London on March 4, 2018, and released by the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on September 5, 2018, shows Alexander Petrov (L) and Ruslan Boshirov, who are wanted by British police in connection with the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. - Investigative group Bellingcat on October 9, 2018 identified the second suspect in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal as a doctor employed by Moscow's GRU military intelligence service. "We have now identified 'Alexander Petrov' to be in fact Dr. Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, a trained military doctor in the employ of the GRU," the British-based group said in a report published on its website. Bellingcat worked with the Russian investigative team at The Insider to name the first of the two Skripal suspects 'Ruslan Boshirov' as GRU agent Anatoly Chepiga last month. The Kremlin has rejected past charges about its involvement in the case as fabrications aimed at discrediting Russia. (Photo by HO / METROPOLITAN POLICE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / Metropolitan Police Service" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 05, 2018 A handout picture taken on Fisherton Road in Salisbury, west of London on March 4, 2018, and released by the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on September 5, 2018, shows Alexander Petrov (R) and Ruslan Boshirov, who are wanted by British police in connection with the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. - Investigative group Bellingcat on October 9, 2018 identified the second suspect in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal as a doctor employed by Moscow's GRU military intelligence service. "We have now identified 'Alexander Petrov' to be in fact Dr. Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, a trained military doctor in the employ of the GRU," the British-based group said in a report published on its website. Bellingcat worked with the Russian investigative team at The Insider to name the first of the two Skripal suspects 'Ruslan Boshirov' as GRU agent Anatoly Chepiga last month. The Kremlin has rejected past charges about its involvement in the case as fabrications aimed at discrediting Russia. (Photo by HO / METROPOLITAN POLICE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / Metropolitan Police Service" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 05, 2018 A handout picture taken on Wilton Road in Salisbury, west of London on March 4, 2018, and released by the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on September 5, 2018, shows Alexander Petrov (R) and Ruslan Boshirov, who are wanted by British police in connection with the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. - Investigative group Bellingcat on October 9, 2018 identified the second suspect in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal as a doctor employed by Moscow's GRU military intelligence service. "We have now identified 'Alexander Petrov' to be in fact Dr. Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, a trained military doctor in the employ of the GRU," the British-based group said in a report published on its website. Bellingcat worked with the Russian investigative team at The Insider to name the first of the two Skripal suspects 'Ruslan Boshirov' as GRU agent Anatoly Chepiga last month. The Kremlin has rejected past charges about its involvement in the case as fabrications aimed at discrediting Russia. (Photo by HO / METROPOLITAN POLICE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / Metropolitan Police Service" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 05, 2018 An handout picture taken at Gatwick Airport, south of London on March 2, 2018, and released by the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on September 5, 2018, shows Ruslan Boshirov, who is wanted by British police in connection with the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. - Investigative group Bellingcat on October 9, 2018 identified the second suspect in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal as a doctor employed by Moscow's GRU military intelligence service. "We have now identified 'Alexander Petrov' to be in fact Dr. Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, a trained military doctor in the employ of the GRU," the British-based group said in a report published on its website. Bellingcat worked with the Russian investigative team at The Insider to name the first of the two Skripal suspects 'Ruslan Boshirov' as GRU agent Anatoly Chepiga last month. The Kremlin has rejected past charges about its involvement in the case as fabrications aimed at discrediting Russia. (Photo by HO / METROPOLITAN POLICE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / Metropolitan Police Service" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 video grab file image provided by the RT channel, men identified as Ruslan Boshirov, left, and Alexander Petrov attend their first public appearance in an interview with the RT channel in Moscow, Russia. Investigative group Bellingcat reported Monday Oct. 8, 2018 on its website that the man British authorities identified as Alexander Petrov is actually Alexander Mishkin, a doctor working for the Russian military intelligence unit known as GRU. The other suspect in the March nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England, — Ruslan Boshirov. — is a decorated Russian agent named Anatoliy Chepiga, Bellingcat reported last month. (RT channel video via AP, File)

Kastet ut diplomater

En hovedårsak til den anonyme kildens selvsikre påstand er de 23 russiske diplomatene som ble kastet ut av Storbritannia, og de 60 som ble kastet ut av USA, etter Skripal-attentatet.

De 23 diplomatene som ble kastet ut av Storbritannia skal bortimot alle ha vært sentrale i etterretningstjenestene GRU og SVR – og britene skal ha truffet meget bra da de pekte ut hvem som burde utvises fra landet.

Slik Dagbladet tidligere har skrevet var flere av GRUs operasjoner belemret med tilsynelatende amatørmessige feil. Også i Storbritannia var det detaljer som gjorde det lett å rulle opp etterretningstjenestens virksomhet:

Eksempelvis hadde alle de 23 utviste agentene pass der passnumrene kom etter hverandre i stigende rekkefølge.

En rekke slike observasjoner gjorde det mulig for britisk etterretning, sammen med deres allierte, å kartlegge utenlandsoperasjonene til russisk etterretning.

GIFTANGREP: Politi i spesialutstyr sikrer bevis etter attentatet mot Sergej Skripal og datteren. Foto: Andrew Matthews / PA / NTB scanpix
GIFTANGREP: Politi i spesialutstyr sikrer bevis etter attentatet mot Sergej Skripal og datteren. Foto: Andrew Matthews / PA / NTB scanpix Vis mer

- Et dårlig år

Ytterligere 40 agenter ble avslørt da det kom fram at passene deres alle var registrert på Khoroshevskoye Shosse 76 B – kontoret til GRU i Moskva. En topptrent agent som var pekt ut for dødelige, hemmelige operasjoner i utlandet hadde Ladaen sin registrert på en GRU-adresse i Moskva.

Der hundrevis av russiske agenter ble avslørt, og russiske etterretningsoperasjoner over hele verden ble rullet opp - overlevde Skripal attentatet.

I slutten av juni i fjor, over tre måneder etter attentatet, ble to briter funnet bevisstløse i et hus i Amesbury nær Salisbury. De to ble uskyldige ofre for nervegiften, som befant seg i en parfymeflaske de hadde funnet. En av dem, Dawn Sturgess, døde.

En av Telegraphs anonyme etterretningskilder sier det slik:

- Det må være lov å si at GRU ikke har hatt noe godt år.