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Sergei Skripal: Former double agent may have been poisoned with nerve agent over ‘freelance’ spying, sources say | The Independent

Members of the emergency services reposition a tent over the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found Getty

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The Russian double agent poisoned in Salisbury may have become a target after using his contacts in the intelligence community to work for private security firms, investigators believe.

Sergei Skripal could have come to the attention of certain people in Russia by attempting to “freelance” for companies run by former MI5, MI6 and GCHQ spies, security sources say.

Mr Skripal, who remains in hospital in a critical condition alongside his daughter, Yulia, had kept in touch with members of the intelligence community, past and present. Investigators are examining whether he was using those contacts for work.

There are large numbers of private security firms in the UK which are actively involved, for commercial as well as state clients, in researching the activities of powerful individuals with links to the Kremlin power structure.

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Sorgente: Sergei Skripal: Former double agent may have been poisoned with nerve agent over ‘freelance’ spying, sources say | The Independent

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