Rus­sian diplo­mat turns spot­light on Belling­cat

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Daily Tele­graph Re­porter

THE Rus­sian am­bas­sador to the UK has ac­cused Belling­cat of be­ing a front for the Bri­tish in­tel­li­gence ser­vices.

Dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the em­bassy in Lon­don, Alexan­der Yakovenko dis­missed claims of cy­ber at­tacks by the Rus­sian GRU mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence agency and in­volve­ment in the Sal­is­bury nerve agent in­ci­dent.

He said the four-man GRU “close ac­cess” team ac­cused by the Bri­tish and Dutch of try­ing to hack the com­put­ers of the Or­gan­i­sa­tion for the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Chem­i­cal Weapons in The Hague had sim­ply been in the city to con­duct se­cu­rity checks at the Rus­sian em­bassy.

Mr Yakovenko also re­jected claims by the Belling­cat web­site to have un­masked the true iden­ti­ties of the two Sal­is­bury sus­pects.

He said: “Belling­cat is not the me­dia. This is the tool of the deep es­tab­lish­ment to leak cer­tain things.”

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