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Italian claims Kremlin ordered ex-spy's death
Middle East Times ^ | November 25, 2006 | AFP

Posted on 11/27/2006 7:33:30 PM PST by SunkenCiv

An Italian contact of Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko, killed by radioactive poisoning in London, claimed that the Kremlin ordered his death because he knew too much, an Italian newspaper reported Saturday.

"Litvinenko didn't die from stomach pain," Mario Scaramella, one of the last to see him alive, said in an interview with the daily Corriere della Sera.

A professor at the University of Naples, Scaramella had been a consultant for an Italian parliamentary inquiry into agents recruited in Italy by the former Soviet KGB secret service.

Litvinenko collaborated with the Italian inquiry commission.

When asked by the newspaper if he wanted police protection, Scaramella said: "I don't ask for anything. But there is no doubt it was the Kremlin. And as I am the only one to have gathered his wealth of information...," leaving the statement unfinished.

According to British newspaper The Guardian, Scaramella met with Litvinenko in a London sushi restaurant on November 1 and showed him e-mails indicating that the FSB, the current Russian secret services, planned to use force against Litvinenko and businessman Boris Berezovsky, as critics of President Vladimir Putin.

(Excerpt) Read more at metimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Russia; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: litvinenko; putin; scaramella

OUTSPOKEN: Italian professor Mario Scaramella, the last person to dine with former Russian spy and suspected poisoning victim Alexander Litvinenko, gestures as he addresses a news conference in Rome November 21. (REUTERS)

Italian claims Kremlin ordered ex-spys death

1 posted on 11/27/2006 7:33:33 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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Sushi bar man is nuclear waste expert (last man to meet Litvienko)
[This is London]
Posted on 11/25/2006 6:48:37 PM EST by JadeEmperor
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2 posted on 11/27/2006 7:33:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, November 16, 2006 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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So Russia is supposed to take heat for defending their country's interest? They take their intelligence issues with the deadly seriousness it deserves and we're whining?

The pussies in the West are going to have a very rude awakening someday.

3 posted on 11/27/2006 7:46:34 PM PST by zarf
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To: zarf

I wasn't whining, and defending Putin, an enemy of the US, isn't in the interest of Americans.


4 posted on 11/27/2006 8:08:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, November 16, 2006 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: zarf

Parody post?


5 posted on 11/27/2006 8:46:16 PM PST by SmoothTalker
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To: SunkenCiv
Maybe we could take our own intelligence system and information as seriously as the Russians do and help advance our own interests.

In the meantime the NYT will continue to get away with their own kind of murder.

6 posted on 11/27/2006 9:21:12 PM PST by zarf
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7 posted on 11/28/2006 1:18:04 AM PST by Bon mots
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So Russia is supposed to take heat for defending their country's interest?

Murdering foreign nationals in their own countries isn't legal, moral, or ethical.

Maybe he can get away with ordering the murder of Russian reporters in Moscow, but killing British citizens with radioactive weapons doesn't exactly fall under the heading of 'defending Russias interests'.

Putin's a cheap thug.

L

8 posted on 11/28/2006 1:29:02 AM PST by Lurker (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.)
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