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Dutch and British revealing more evidence of Russian GRU attempt to hack into the OPCW - the independent body testing #Novichok
Hacking attempt disrupted on 13th April. Four Russian officers were escorted out of the country on the same day.
Dutch Defence Minister says this pubic disclosure is an "exceptional" step but is being done to hamper operations and send a message.
Now we will hear from the Head of Dutch Intelligence and Security Service (DISS):
Photo of the four GRU agents arriving at Schipol airport on 10th April
10th April - four GRU agents arrive on diplomatic passports from Moscow.Met at Schipol airport by a diplomat from the Russian Embassy.
11th April - four men hire a car which is photographed tab the Marriott Hotel next to the OPCW. There for reconnaissance.
Equipment found in the boot of the Russian hire car. It was parked close to the OPCW with its boot facing the OPCW
Worth reiterating - at the time the OPCW was investigating the Skripal poisoning and chemical attack in Douma, Syria.
Head of Dutch Intel says: "Why were they not on holiday, sightseeing?"
* They had spy equipment on them.
* They took security measures like removing rubbish from hotel and putting it in the vehicle so remove traces.
* One was carrying 20,000 euros and $20,000.
One of the Russian officers had a taxi receipt that was from the street where the GRU is based to Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow.
One of the laptops had data on putting it at scene of WADA in Lausanne and Kuala Lumpur close to the MH17 investigation.
Dutch Head of Intelligence wraps up and hands over to British Ambassador Peter Wilson who will explain some of the UK's role in this operation.
The GRU officers planned to travel to the OPCW in Spiez, Switzerland. Train tickets found showing route via Basel and Bern.
UK Ambassador reveals:

March: GRU attempted to compromise FCO computer systems
April: GRU targeted computers at Porton Down
May: GRU hackers targeting OPCW employees using phishing emails
UK Ambassador: "GRU is an aggressive, well-funded arm of the Russian state"
UK Ambassador: "We are now stepping up our collective activity against malign activity and specifically against the GRU"
Dutch Defence Minister wrapping up the press conference
US Department of Justice will publish charges against Russians this afternoon.
Russian Ambassador to Netherlands has been summoned to Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Similar action to take place across Europe. NATO Secretary General has been briefed.
US indictment will be announced around 1430 UK time

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