the escalating and bitter confrontation following the Salisbury nerve agent attack, The Independent has learned. The disclosure could start, it is feared, with those who work for MI6 and the 23 British diplomats being thrown out of Moscow.
Security officials are deeply concerned that the Kremlin may reveal the identities of British intelligence officers in
Senior members of Vladimir Putin’s government are incensed by what they con- sider to be inflammatory remarks by British ministers. A Whitehall official said that releasing the identities of officers would be “utterly unjustified and irresponsible”.