Springtime for Novichok

Like “yellow rain” and aerosolized anthrax, we now have another wide-open accusation of Soviet–well, okay, Russian–CBW capers that will be denied and disparaged by Moscow while Western governments sit tight on whatever evidence they claim to possess. Thank goodness that Matthew Meselson at least put an end to the bee poop scare long ago. A dog-eared script awaits new personalities to reprise classic Cold War roles for dissident scientists, defectors, spooks, and mysterious casualties. It is safe to assume that only the public will be left in the dark, which is where these dramas play best.

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