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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Was he working on a dirty bomb?


4 posted on 01/22/2007 12:05:27 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant

No idea....lots of theories as to just what was going on.


5 posted on 01/22/2007 12:07:08 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Brilliant; Lizarde

Could've been a smuggling operation or someone wanted him dead....your guess is as good as anyone's.


6 posted on 01/22/2007 12:12:00 PM PST by Dog
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If it wasn't a hit (and using a $10 million to $25 million dollar weapon when a bullet fired from a really nice sniper rifle or a $30 dose of ricin would have done the job just as nicely doesn't sound like a hit), a dirty bomb, or worse seems likely:

Polonium-210 mixed with beryllium-9 produces a strong neutron source. Plutonium bombs, including 'suitcase nukes' need a neutron source as part of the trigger mechanism. It's the part that needs to be renewed to keep them in working order.

Given his Chechen connections and conversion to Islam, Litvinenko may well have been supporting a project to revive an old plutonium bomb some Islamist group had acquired.

The multiple contaminated sites, and multiple doses he seems to have received fit as well with Litvinenko carrying a container of Po-210, which, unknown to him had a leak, and managing to ingest some on a few occasions, as with multiple attempts to kill him using a bizarrely expensive means.


9 posted on 01/22/2007 4:45:49 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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