NEED TO KNOW: SALISBURY POISONING WITH JEREMY DUNS

The world is turning into a plot line from a Cold War novel, so we thought that it may be a good idea to chat with a Cold War novelist to try and make sense of it all. 

So on today’s episode of “Need to Know” we are joined by author Jeremy Duns, who has written a number of Cold War based novels as well as books on contemporary issues such as the coverage of the Edward Snowden revelations back in 2013.

On this episode will have a look at a few stories that have caught our eye from the Salisbury poisoning and the reaction to it. 

PODCAST LINKS

 

SHOW NOTES

These are links to the items we discussed and a few extra.

Links to articles and items we discuss

Buzzfeed - From Russia with Blood

https://www.buzzfeed.com/heidiblake/from-russia-with-blood-14-suspected-hits-on-british-soil?utm_term=.jgOzevgDg#.ik9PRBxkx

“Disinformation: A Users Guide” Radio 4 documentary on disinformation

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09vx0db

When is a diplomat a spy?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-43556816

Craig Murray - WMD intelligence comparison (We discussed why he is problematic as a source)

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/03/the-novichok-story-is-indeed-another-iraqi-wmd-scam/

Times Article – UK Locates source of Salisbury nerve agent

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/uk-locates-source-of-salisbury-nerve-agent-nx8p39kqv

“Icarus” Documentary Film

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icarus_(2017_film)

 

Articles of note that we didn’t get around to discussing

Spy Museum Blog on KGB assassinations

http://blog.spymuseum.org/from-russia-with-love-a-history-of-poisonings/

Luke Harding – Lab X

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/09/russia-lab-x-poison-factory-that-helped-silence-soviets-critics?CMP=share_btn_tw

List of Russian linked deaths

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/06/poisoned-umbrellas-and-polonium-russian-linked-uk-deaths

What is Novichok the Russian Nerve Agent?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/03/12/what-is-novichok-the-russian-nerve-agent-and-the-scientist-who-revealed-it/?utm_term=.fb3551a1f847

'Paradise for disinformation' - NPR

 https://www.npr.org/2017/11/19/565153437/examining-russian-disinformation

Nick Cohen – Cranks have turned the world upside down

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/17/cranks-turned-world-upside-down-time-to-fight-back

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