Suspicious substance leaves former Russian double agent critically ill

A former Russian double agent, convicted of treason in Moscow for passing on the names of dozens of spies in Great Britain, was found unconscious on a park bench with his daughter after being exposed to what authorities say was an unidentified substance.  Sergei Skripal, once a colonel in Russia's GRU military intelligence service, was discovered near a shopping mall in Salisbury.  Police say both Skripal and his daughter are in critical condition, suffering from an unknown illness. Reuters: Skripal, who passed the identity of dozens of spies to the MI6 foreign intelligence agency, was given refuge in Britain after he was exchanged in 2010 for Russian spies caught in the West as part of a Cold War-style spy swap at Vienna airport. While the British authorities said there was no known risk to the public, police sealed off the area where the former spy was found and a pizza restaurant called Zizzi in the center of Salisbury.  Some...(Read Full Post)