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There are but only two types of foreign officers: declared intelligence officers and undeclared intelligence officers.
I read the economist for small pieces of insight such as this. Simple and yet sophisticated, this TE explains give us ,the lay person, a glimpse on the life of diplomats/intelligence officers and the rules of what it seems to be an intricate life of intelligence operations and personnel. Very exciting!
Obviously Skripal was spying for Russia. MI6 wanted him dead. But that could lead to international condemnation. So it staged a plot to kill him and accuse Russia. This makes good sense. After all he was Russian spy. Why UK should tolerate Russian spies.
Perhaps you're right.
But if it was MI6 that wanted him dead, wouldn't they use a
First to go after his daughter as a way to hide their true
Undeclared intelligence officers? What about officers with unidentified intelligence? Or better, unidentifiable intelligence? Plenty of those about.