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Skripal Passed Secrets to UK's MI-6 Through Books Using Invisible Ink - Reports

© AP Photo / Matt DunhamA general view shows the MI6 building in London, Thursday, March 5, 2015.
A general view shows the MI6 building in London, Thursday, March 5, 2015. - Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, who is believed to have been poisoned in the UK town of Salisbury in March, twice passed secrets to the UK Secret Intelligence Service MI-6 through books using invisible ink, Daily Mail reported, citing an extract from the upcoming book, The Skripal Files.

According to the book's author, BBC journalist Mark Urban, the book is based on his hours-long interviews with Skripal recorded last year, well before the Salisbury incident.

The journalist claimed that he had been initially planning to write a book about spying in the post-Cold War period but the incident in Salisbury made him publish a separate piece on Skripal. The extract from the book, published in Daily Mail, is accompanied by Skripal’s multiple family photos.

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The book claims that a MI6 agent, referred to as Richard Bagnall, met with Skripal in Madrid in the 1990-s and, after a while, offered him to work for the UK intelligence. Skripal allegedly received a few thousand dollars for each meeting.

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When Skripal’s assignment in the Russian Embassy in Spain came to an end, the two allegedly had to find another way to exchange information.

Since that, the journalist claims, Skripal twice transferred information in invisible ink. The first one was a Russian novel purportedly handed by Skripal’s wife Liudmila to Bagnall as a "gift" in 1997, while she was on holiday with daughter Yulia in Spain’s Alicante. The woman was unaware of the contents of the book, Skripal allegedly told the interviewer.

Next year, information was transferred by the same way by Liudmila during their holiday to another Spanish resort of Malaga.

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Skripal was convicted in Russia in 2006 for passing sensitive information to UK’s MI6. In 2010, he was allowed to move to the United Kingdom as part of a spy swap and has lived there for eight years.

In early March, Skripal and his daughter Yulia were said to have been poisoned in Salisbury. The United Kingdom accuses Moscow of having orchestrated the attack with what the UK experts claim was the A234 nerve agent, which Moscow firmly refutes.

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