After the poisoning of the Skripals the narrative here was that Mr Skripal had not reallybeen doing anything since he’d been involved in the spy swap,he’d been living a very quiet life in Salisbury pottering around.
But actually it turns out that was wrong.
And in fact he was very active indeed.
To understand why Skripal was attacked,we had to find out where he’d been going and also, what he’d been up to.
To find out we decided to go to Prague and then go to Spain.
While it’s not unusual for defectors like Skripal to brief the intelligence services ofallied countries, a well-placed source said Czech intelligence officers probably didask for names of Russian spies operating in the country.
And this senior journalist believes Skripal still had relevant information.
He was working in a high level position, most likely he had information about the guyswho are still working for GRU [Russia’s MI6].
That is significant because the Russian embassy in the Czech Republic is a hubfor Russian spying activity running operations around Europe including to Germany.