During the Syrian Civil War and the Trump presidency, it became very clear that the western mainstream media works with the spooks to shape and mould opinion, and manufacture consent.
Talked to someone in North America this week: “Heard your friend Putin just poisoned another opposition politician.” Porton Down and the Skripals were part of a long game: events like this are is how you condition a population to respond like Pavlov’s dogs.
Only you can decide if being spied on by the US government or the Chinese government is worse for you.
When I was in high school, the USSR was infamous for its persecution of dissidents. When I grew up, the US became famous for its persecution of whistleblowers.