Skripal was convicted in 2006 and imprisoned for betraying Russian agents.
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Rowley didn't say what nerve agent was suspected in the attack on Skripal, a former Russian agent who served jail time in his homeland for spying for Britain.Police and forensics officers continued to scour several sites in and around the cathedral city Wednesday, three days after the attack.Skripal, a former colonel in Russia's GRU military intelligence service, betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence before his arrest by Russian authorities in 2004 .Moscow accused Britain of using the case to fuel an "anti-Russian campaign" and further strain ties with Britain.Skripal and his daughter were found collapsed on a bench near a shopping mall Sunday in Salisbury, 145 kilometers southwest of London. Police believe they were exposed to a substance, and Britain's military research facility at Porton Down is thought to be conducting tests to determine what it is.Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told lawmakers Tuesday that if Moscow is shown to have been involved in the Skripal case, the government would act – possibly downgrading England's participation in this year's football World Cup in Russia.While police say that they are keeping an open mind about the case, it has reminded Britain of the 2006 poisoning of former spy Alexander Litvinenko.
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