Vigil Ending: Russian Spies, Naval Conspiracies and Murders at Sea


Why had Doward become a Russian spy?

Unlike Jackie, who did her job for the Russians to save her son, we don’t know what motivated Doward, and maybe it doesn’t matter. “No comment” was his reply during interrogation (he’s obviously been watching too much of World Production’s other great BBC thriller Line of Duty). Silva suspected that Doward had no specific political allegiance to Russia, but undertook the sabotage because he was a narcissist and it made him feel special and powerful, and that’s as good as we’ll get.

Did Ben Oakley Kill Jade Antoniak?

No, but he was hardly a friend to her. Jade trusted Ben, the leader of the anti-nuclear peace camp Dunloch where she lived. When Jade became suspicious of Peter Ingles’ presence at a protest, Jade took his photo, mistakenly thinking he was a plant for MI5. After her friend Craig Burke died aboard HMS Vigil, Jade showed the photo to Ben as he wanted to expose the suspected MI5 factory. Ben had an existing relationship with Peter Ingles (a Russian agent whose real name was Piotr Vasilyev) and thus recognized him. Ben then told Ingles about the photo’s existence and warned him to be more careful in the future. Ingles, knowing that the photo would jeopardize the identity of Doward, the Russian asset he had just planted aboard HMS Vigil, asked Ben to arrange a meeting between him and Jade where he would shed light. on what had really happened to her boyfriend. . Jade and Ben met Ingles, who drowned Jade and stole her phone. Ben did nothing to help, knowing he would look like Ingles’ accomplice if he called the police.

Two hours after Jade died, Ben downloaded the photo from her laptop to his phone, deleted her copy, and hid her computer. He later took the photo to Patrick Cruden MP (an old friend from their CND days and happened to be Jade’s secret father), pretended to have taken the photo and planned to leak it to expose the fact that the Russians had a factory in the British Navy, making Trident submarines seem vulnerable to enemies and negatively impacting the upcoming parliamentary vote on Trident renewal.

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What will happen to Doward, Ingles and Ben Oakley now?

MI5 isn’t going to tell the Russians they discovered and arrested Doward, they’re just going to hold a closed trial for him, convict him with the evidence gathered by DCI Silva, and leave him to rot in prison in isolation. Cleaned up neatly. Ben Oakley is going to jail for a long time for his part in the lead up to Jade’s death, and for withholding evidence and trying to evade arrest, DS Longacre promises. And Ingles has diplomatic immunity, meaning he cannot be prosecuted in the UK and was flown back to Russia shortly after his cover was tampered with. The GRU will probably give him a warm welcome.

Why was Craig Burke murdered?

The Russians had to kill one of Vigil’s Sonar Operatives so that their factory CPO Doward could be brought in as a replacement from another boat to work his sabotage. Peter Ingles (see above) had already approached Craig Burke (after an introduction by Ben Oakley) about becoming a Russian asset, but Burke declined. That left Ingles vulnerable to identification by Burke, who had started a dossier on his fellow Vigil crew members, presumably in an effort to track down anyone who had also been approached by, and worked for, Ingles. Burke knew that the British Navy had covered up the serious incident at Port Havers, Florida, so knew he couldn’t trust officials or his crew with what he knew. So he collected the evidence he had collected on a hidden USB stick meant for Jade. The Russians had Craig Burke killed to kill two birds with one stone – removing the threat to Ingles and creating a premise for Doward to come aboard.

Who Killed Craig Burke?

The boat’s cook, Jackie Hamilton, poisoned him with a nerve agent in exchange for her son’s early release from an Indonesian prison on suspicion of drugs. She had also apparently been approached by Peter Ingles, and forced to act for the Russians to help her son, and the couple had communicated via coded messages on a fishing website. However, the guilt was too great for Jackie, so instead of carrying out the second part of the Russian plan and releasing the nerve agent on a grander scale to force Vigil into a surface evacuation, she deliberately opened the device when she was alone. was and then tried it, but died almost immediately as a result.

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