The Whistleblower

A Russian chemical weapons specialist tells all about the world’s most deadly nerve agents.

Vil Mirzayanov suspected Russia from the start. As soon as he read about the mysterious attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in the quaint English town of Salisbury, he assumed that Sergei Skirpal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were victims of a Russian assassination attempt with a nerve agent.

President Donald Trump was slower to draw the same conclusion. Three weeks after the attack, and 12 days after Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats, the White House expelled 60 Russian diplomats from Washington, New York, and Seattle, 12 of whom were identified as intelligence agents, the toughest action so far against the Kremlin by President Trump.