Russian diplomat turns spotlight on Bellingcat
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.”