Gary Aitkenhead, chief executive of the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down in England, told Sky News that while the scientists managed to identify the chemical used in the Skripal poisoning case as a "military-grade nerve agent," they were unable to determine its "precise source."
About two weeks earlier, however, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson insisted during an interview with Deutsche Welle that Porton Down scientists were "absolutely categorical: when they allegedly assured him that "there’s no doubt" that the chemical came from Russia.
Many social media users were nonplussed by this development, voicing their concerns via Twitter and calling on Johnson to be held accountable.
Retweeted EL4C (@EL4JC):— john burgess (@John_Burgess001) 4 апреля 2018 г.
For the avoidance of doubt — here is Boris Johnson clearly claiming that Porton Down had confirmed to him the source of the Salisbury nerve agent. Words matter. He lied. pic.twitter.com/ji0jr5y6NV
Absolutely categorically, Boris Johnson is a liar! Porton Down have confirmed that they don't know where the 'novichok' came from, yet Johnson stated that they had told him personally, the source was Russia. Will the PM now sack him for his continued un-ministerial behaviour? pic.twitter.com/1sZ522N3hj— StrongerStabler (@StrongerStabler) 3 апреля 2018 г.
Boris Johnson lied through his teeth about the source of the nerve agent, saying that Porton Down absolutely confirmed it.— Baroness Hyacinth de Moron 🦄🏴🇪🇺 (@MediaWeasel) 3 апреля 2018 г.
Dozens of diplomats and ambassadors sent back home in a tit for tat across Europe and elsewhere. Boris Johnson lied. He's a security risk.
Some also complained about the BBC apparently being reluctant to report on this issue.
Hmmmm… I wonder if the BBC will drop Corbyn as the headline tomorrow and grill Johnson… 🤔— Steve Rouse (@thefishgod) 3 апреля 2018 г.
I can find no mention on #BBC of Johnson's lie about Porton Down. Any reason for this, BBC? The Foreign Secretary appears to have lied outright about a matter of national security. That isn't news?— simon maginn (@simonmaginn) 4 апреля 2018 г.
Dear BBC— Twenty8Sixty8 (@WilliamPMack) 4 апреля 2018 г.
Given the wall-to-wall coverage you relayed of the Skripal poisonings, the jingoism of May and Johnson and the attempts to humiliate Jeremy Corbyn, do you not think it is in the public interest to inform them of the latest developments at Porton Down? @BBCNews
And others simply cracked jokes and quipped about Johnson’s predicament.
Porton Down scientists say they are unable to trace the origins of Boris Johnson.— Newsfox (@theNewsfox) 3 апреля 2018 г.