You’re so tied up in Cambridge Analytica that you’ve let your attention slip from the other Big Story for March? Well it’s Ok, Dispatches and Matt Frei are here to remind and rekindle. It is “straight out of the explosive pages of a political spy thriller,” says Matt, inevitably, though it is hard to disagree.
There is a quick catch-up first on Sergei Skripal: child of the cold war, paratrooper, Fsb, recruitment by MI6, capture, prison, spy swap. He moved to Salisbury for a quiet life, but he and his daughter Yulia ended up slumped on a bench, catatonic, after their bodies were attacked by a nerve agent. The police moved in with their blue and white tape, and eerie biohazard suits. “When