s the diplomatic fallout from the attempted assassination of a former Russian agent in Salisbury rages on, a familiar pattern of deranged conspiracy is emerging. Beyond the predictable rush from certain political figures to exonerate Russia’s involvement, a number of assorted cranks from the political fringes have constructed a more sinister narrative.
They suggest that not only did Russia have nothing to do with the attacks, but that instead Israel is to blame. A chief proponent of this theory is Craig Murray, who was the British ambassador to Uzbekistan between 2002 and 2004, before being moved under difficult circumstances. Murray recently published an article on his website where he speculates, without evidence, that Israel could be behind the attack as a part of a plot to “damage Russia’s international position”.