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  • Mystery into Yasser Arafat’s death continues as leaked French autopsy reveals…

    12/03/2013 6:39:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13:33 EST, 3 December 2013 | Jill Reilly
    French experts have ruled out a theory that Yasser Arafat was killed by poisoning, according to a source close to the investigation into the Palestinian leader’s 2004 death. “The report rules out the poisoning theory and goes in the sense of a natural death,” the source told AFP. The French experts’ findings differ significantly from those of Swiss scientists, who said last month that their research offered some support for the suggestion Arafat was killed by polonium poisoning. …
  • Rachel Maddow Rips the Lid Off Secret George W. Bush Plot to Bring About the Apocalypse

    11/11/2013 1:34:25 AM PST · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 11/10/2013
    (video at link)Rachel Maddow, Rhodes Scholar, speaks truth to those in power--unveiling a dastardly foreign policy scheme circa 2004. And it's all tied back to the REAL cause of Yasser Arafat's death. You're welcome, America.
  • Arafat polonium — junk science

    11/07/2013 7:50:40 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 16 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 11/7/2013 | BRIAN THOMAS
    The entire resurrection of the Arafat poisoned by Polonium-210 story is complete junk science. I’ve said it before at Israellycool but lets expand on it. The story so far: Nine years ago, on November 11, 2004, Yasser Arafat died. That he could have died from natural causes or some “lifestyle disease” was too unpalatable for his followers so they came up with a rather bizarre theory that he was poisoned with Polonium-210. After decomposing in Ramallah for eight years his wife and followers dug up his corpse to try to prove it. >>SNIP<< With the most amazing measuring equipment, in...
  • Radiation experts confirm polonium on Arafat clothing

    10/14/2013 3:13:39 PM PDT · by Garvin · 57 replies
    http://www.arabnews.com ^ | 14 October 2013 | AFP
    Swiss radiation experts have confirmed they found traces of polonium on clothing used by Yasser Arafat which "support the possibility" the veteran Palestinian leader was poisoned. In a report published by The Lancet at the weekend, the team provide scientific details to media statements made in 2012 that they had found polonium on Arafat's belongings. Arafat died in France on November 11 2004 at the age of 75, but doctors were unable to specify the cause of death. No autopsy was carried out at the time, in line with his widow's request. His remains were exhumed in November 2012 and...
  • The Polonium Diversion

    12/27/2006 12:16:00 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 10 replies · 555+ views
    EdwardJayEpstein.com ^ | December 10, 2006 | Edward Jay Epstein
    The Polonium Diversion At least a dozen people have been contaminated by the rare radioactive isotope Polonium 210. The list includes Alexander Litvinenko, the ex-Lieutenant Colonel in the KGB who died from a dose of Polonium 210 in London on November 23rd; Andrei Lugovoi, a former colleague of Litvinenko in the KGB, who met with Litvinenko at the Pine bar of the Millennium Hotel in London the day he became ill, November 1st; Dmitry Lugovoi, Lugovoi’s business associate, who also attended that November 1st meetings; 7 employees of the Millennium Hotel; Mario Scaramella, an Italian security consultant, who dined with...
  • Why a spy was killed (The Mogilevich-Litvinenko Link)

    01/30/2008 2:12:44 PM PST · by Ivan the Terrible · 4 replies · 243+ views
    Guardian ^ | January 26, 2008 | Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy
    ...Litvinenko "was giving Scaramella lots of information about Russian and criminal infiltrations in Italy, but most of it was very difficult to verify and crosscheck. It was a little bit out on a limb." In the old days, Litvinenko had been familiar with criminal clans in Russia, now he was making risky approaches to the Italian mafia. Scaramella believed if they could get inside this network, they would be able to leverage much more damaging intelligence about Italian politicians. They spread their net wider. The Litvinenko dossier lists a dizzying roll call of names investigated by the pair, among them...
  • Dead Billionaire Had Feared Enemy Plot (Georgian Opposition Leader Victim of Kremlin-a-cide?)

    02/13/2008 11:47:49 AM PST · by Squidpup · 15 replies · 180+ views
    Sky News ^ | February 13, 2008 | Sky News
    The sudden death of an exiled Georgian billionaire may have been another "Alexander Litvinenko-style" murder, it is feared. A major crime squad is investigating the death of 52-year-old Badri Patarkatsishvili, whose body was found at his country mansion in Surrey at about 11pm last night. His family said he suffered a heart attack - but Surrey Police have launched an investigation to confirm the exact cause of death after reports of a plot to kill him. Sky News' home affairs correspondent Mark White said: "The police want to leave no stone uncovered. "In the light of Litvinenko's death in 2006...
  • British Government Seeks to Limit Disclosure in Litvinenko Case

    02/26/2013 4:33:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2013 | Alan Cowell
    The British government sought on Tuesday to limit the information it would disclose at a planned inquest into the death of Alexander V. Litvinenko, a former officer in the K.G.B. who succumbed to radiation poisoning in London more than six years ago. The coroner hearing the case said that it may now be postponed. “Due to the complexity of the investigation which necessarily precedes the hearings,” the coroner, Sir Robert Owen, said, “it may not be possible to adhere” to the planned May 1 start date for the hearings. The inquest would be the first — and probably the only...
  • Arafat's remains said to be exhumed Tuesday

    11/24/2012 3:41:02 PM PST · by Morgana · 30 replies
    myway ^ | 11.24.2012 | DALIA NAMMARI
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed Tuesday as part of a renewed investigation into his death, a Palestinian investigator said Saturday. Arafat died in November 2004 in a French military hospital, a month after suddenly falling ill. Palestinian officials claim he was poisoned by Israel, but have not presented evidence. Israel has denied such allegations. Earlier this year, the detection of a lethal radioactive substance in biological traces on Arafat's clothing sparked a new investigation. Tests were inconclusive, and experts said they need to check his remains to learn more....
  • Was Yasser Arafat poisoned? Palestinians ready to exhume body

    07/05/2012 11:41:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinian president cleared the way Wednesday for a possible autopsy on Yasser Arafat's remains, following a request from his widow after a Swiss lab said it found elevated levels of a lethal radioactive isotope on the longtime Palestinian leader's belongings. The developments have reignited a storm of speculation over what killed Arafat, who died on Nov. 11, 2004 at the age of 75 at a military hospital outside Paris after decades of fighting with Israel. Arafat's widow, Suha, who rejected an autopsy at the time of his death, said she wanted one done now in...
  • Yasser Arafat's body to be exhumed

    07/04/2012 4:20:59 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 45 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 4, 2012 | NASSER ATTA
    Palestinians leaders agreed Wednesday to exhume the body of Yasser Arafat after a television documentary suggested that he had been assassinated while being treated in a Paris hospital. Arafat was 75 and had long been ill when he slipped into a coma and died on Nov. 11, 2004. He had been suffering from a mysterious illness. The cause of the death was never determined and French medical officials would not release details of his illness because of privacy laws. The medical report was given to his family. The television network al Jazeera broadcast a documentary this week in which a...
  • Kissinger says Putin is a 'patriot'

    03/12/2012 1:52:30 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 34 replies
    AFP ^ | 03/12/2012
    WASHINGTON — Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger said Sunday that Russia's president-elect Vladimir Putin is a "patriot" who could turn out to be a constructive partner with the United States on certain issues. Kissinger said Putin, who was elected to a third term as president in an election marred by irregularities and protests against his rule, "is not anti-western." "He is, above all, a Russian patriot who feels humiliated by the experience of the 1990s, which were in the most formative period of his career," Kissinger said in an interview with CNN, referring to the 1991 collapse of...
  • France's Sarkozy leaves hospital after heart check

    07/27/2009 12:50:49 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 9 replies · 833+ views
    My Way.com ^ | Jul 27, 7:19 AM (ET) | DEBORAH SEWARD
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy was discharged Monday from the hospital where he spent the night after collapsing while jogging. Doctors said his illness was due to heat and overwork and ordered the 54-year-old to rest but prescribed no further medical treatment, his office said. Sarkozy, dressed in a dark suit and tie, walked hand-in-hand with his wife, Carla, from Val de Grace military hospital to his car. He smiled and shook hands with white-clad medical personnel but declined any comment. Medical tests Monday on Sarkozy's heart showed no signs of irregular heartbeat and no long term consequences for the president's...
  • Russian president Medvedev attends EU summit in France with food tasters

    11/22/2008 3:16:02 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies · 454+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/22/2008 | Justin Stares in Brussels and Miriam Elder
    It's what every tyrant needs and now, apparently, so does the President of Russia: a team of food tasters to check against the risk of poison in the kitchen. Dmitri Medvedev brought two with him for last week's European Union-Russia summit, sending them down into the kitchens of the grand Palais Sarde in the southern town of Nice - where they were officially described as "doctors". Startled French security officials revealed that everything the Russian president eats, drinks or tastes must be sampled first by his personal testers - even if it is the finest French cuisine. "A paranoid Medvedev...
  • Saakashvili fears Russia would stop him returning home

    08/28/2008 11:06:44 AM PDT · by F-117A · 7 replies · 986+ views
    The Standard (HK) ^ | 8-27-2008 | AFP
    Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said he will not leave Georgia because he fears Russia would prevent him from returning home, in an interview with a German newspaper. ''If I leave Georgia then the Russians will close our airspace and prevent me from returning home,'' Saakashvili was quoted as saying by the German daily Bild. For this reason the Georgian leader said he would not attend an emergency European Union summit in Brussels on Monday called to discuss the crisis in the Caucasus, according to the newspaper. He said that he wanted from the summit a ''clear commitment from the EU...
  • Prime suspect in Litvinenko case to run for Russian parliament(OJ Simpson of Russia enter politics)

    09/16/2007 8:57:50 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies · 89+ views
    Earth Times ^ | 09/16/07
    Prime suspect in Litvinenko case to run for Russian parliament Posted on : 2007-09-16 | Author : DPA News Category : Europe Moscow - Andrei Lugovi, the prime suspect in the murder case of Kremlin opponent Alexander Litvinenko, is to run for Russian parliament (Duma) as number 2 on the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) list, Duma Deputy Speaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky announced Sunday. According to the Interfax news agency, Lugovoi agreed to run in the election with the LDPR, led by the nationalist Zhirinovsky. Former Russian secret service agent Lugovoi is accused by Britain's Scotland Yard of administering a lethal dose...
  • Litvinenko waiter recounts polonium poisoning

    07/15/2007 9:05:34 AM PDT · by DancesWithCats · 5 replies · 895+ views
    London Daily Telegraph ^ | july 15th, 2007 | DancesWithCats
    An assassin sprayed a deadly poison into Alexander Litvinenko's tea, the man who served the victim and his killer has revealed.In the first eyewitness account of the moment the former Russian spy was consigned to death, Norberto Andrade describes how, as he tried to serve drinks to Mr Litvinenko and the former KGB agents Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun, he was deliberately distracted in order, he claims, to allow the killer to add radioactive polonium to a pot of green tea. Mr Andrade, 67, the head barman of the Pine Bar at the Millennium Hotel in London, says investigators later...
  • From Moscow, a New Chill

    05/27/2007 3:24:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 807+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 27, 2007 | STEVEN LEE MYERS
    FROM the day Alexander V. Litvinenko, a former K.G.B. officer, died of polonium poisoning in London last November, officials in Russia treated the investigation of his death as if it were simply a matter of bad public relations. They dismissed accusations of Russian involvement as nonsense fabricated by President Vladimir V. Putin’s enemies. Britain last week punctured Russia’s strategy. A decision by the Crown Prosecution Service to accuse another former K.G.B. officer of the murder and demand his extradition pushed Russia out of the international court of public opinion and into the international court of law. If recent history is...
  • Britain to charge former KGB agent for Litvinenko murder (Roundup)

    05/22/2007 8:18:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 473+ views
    M&C News ^ | 05/22/07
    Britain to charge former KGB agent for Litvinenko murder (Roundup) May 22, 2007, 14:43 GMT London/Moscow - Britain said Tuesday it would press murder charges against a former KGB agent accused of the 'deliberate poisoning' of ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko with a radioactive agent in London last November. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was sufficient evidence to bring murder charges against Andrei Lugovoy, a Moscow- based businessman who met Litvinenko at a London hotel on the day he was believed to have been given an fatal dose of polonium-210 in a cup of tea. But the authorities in Moscow...
  • England - Charge In 'Extraordinarily Grave Crime' (Litvinenko polonium murder)

    05/22/2007 2:52:43 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 739+ views
    Sky News (excerpt) ^ | May 22, 2007
    Excerpt - A Moscow based man is to be charged in connection with the murder of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said it will ask for the extradition of a former KGB agent Andrei Lugovoy. At a news conference Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Ken Macdonald said: " I have today concluded that the evidence given to us by the police is sufficient to charge Andrei Lugovoy with the murder of Mr Litvinenko by deliberate poisoning. "I have instructed CPS lawyers to take immediate steps to seek the early extradition of Andrei Lugovoy...
  • Former Russian Leader Boris Yeltsin Dies

    04/23/2007 8:35:38 AM PDT · by wai-ming · 2 replies · 421+ views
    Yahoo.com ^ | April 23, 2007 | Jim Heintz
    MOSCOW - Former President Boris Yeltsin, who engineered the final collapse of the Soviet Union and pushed Russia to embrace democracy and a market economy, died Monday. He was 76. Kremlin spokesman Alexander Smirnov confirmed Yeltsin's death, and Russian news agencies cited Sergei Mironov, head of the presidential administration's medical center, as saying the former president died Monday of heart failure at the Central Clinical Hospital. ADVERTISEMENT Although Yeltsin pushed Russia to embrace democracy and a market economy, many of its citizens will remember him mostly for presiding over the country's steep decline. Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet president, summed...
  • Poison: KGB men to face Litvinenko murder charges [Scotland Yard prepared to act]

    04/22/2007 8:43:51 AM PDT · by aculeus · 12 replies · 701+ views
    This is London ^ | April 21, 2007 | Unsigned
    Scotland Yard detectives are to issue arrest warrants against three former KGB officers suspected of poisoning ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. Police have told sources close to Mr Litvinenko's widow Marina that they intend to lay charges of murder and poisoning against the men, who met the victim three weeks before his death in London. The move will damage the already strained relationship between Downing Street and the Kremlin, which is almost certain to block any request for the men's arrest and extradition. Warrants are expected to be issued against Andrei Lugovoy, Dmitri Kovtun and Vyacheslav Sokolenko within the next few...
  • Greek Restaurant Cited Before Putin Meal

    03/16/2007 6:06:53 PM PDT · by melt · 14 replies · 592+ views
    AP via ABC News ^ | 3/16/07 | AP
    ATHENS, Greece Mar 16, 2007 (AP)— Health inspectors seized more than 200 pounds of bad meat from a restaurant several hours before Russian President Vladimir Putin dined there with the leaders of Greece and Bulgaria, a state hygiene agency said Friday. The Hellenic Food Authority said it carried out the inspection early Wednesday at the luxury Dionysos restaurant under the ancient Acropolis before Putin's visit to Greece for the signing of a $1.2 billion oil pipeline deal. It said it seized 51 pounds of beef, 168 pounds of pork and pork cutlets, and 11 pounds of cheese croquettes, all considered...
  • Murdered spy was a thief and a thug, Putin insists

    02/01/2007 3:37:04 PM PST · by xcamel · 26 replies · 659+ views
    Tumes online ^ | February 02, 2007 | Tony Halpin in Moscow
    *Litvinenko 'did not have to flee' *Reporters told of crimminal oligarchs Alexander Litvinenko, the former spy who was murdered in London, was a thug and a thief who had no need to flee to Britain because he was so insignificant, President Putin said yesterday. Litvinenko had not been privy to state secrets and was dismissed from the Federal Security Service (FSB) “for beating people during detentions when he was a security service officer and for stealing explosives”. Mr Putin said: “He got a three-year suspended sentence and there was no need for him to flee. He had said all the...
  • UK wants to try Russian for Litvinenko murder

    01/25/2007 7:55:39 PM PST · by PaRepub07 · 3 replies · 414+ views
    The Guardian ^ | January 26, 2007 | Ian Cobain, Julian Borger and Luke Harding in Moscow
    The British government is preparing to demand the extradition of a Russian businessman to stand trial for the poisoning with polonium-210 of the former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko. Senior Whitehall officials have told the Guardian that a Scotland Yard file on the murder which is about to be passed to the Crown Prosecution Service alleges that there is sufficient evidence against Andrei Lugovoi for the CPS to decide whether he should face prosecution. Read More: http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,,1999204,00.html
  • British Police Identify Suspected Killer of Poisoned Ex-Russian Spy

    01/21/2007 5:47:59 AM PST · by nuconvert · 54 replies · 1,878+ views
    FOX News ^ | January 21, 2007
    British Police Identify Suspected Killer of Poisoned Ex-Russian Spy January 21, 2007 LONDON — Police have identified the man they believe poisoned Alexander Litvinenko. The suspected killer was captured on cameras at Heathrow as he flew into Britain to carry out the murder. Friends of the ex-spy say that the man was a hired killer, sent by the Kremlin, who vanished hours after administering a deadly dose of radioactive polonium-210 to Litvinenko. He arrived in London on a forged EU passport and reportedly slipped the poison into a cup of tea he made for Litvinenko in a London hotel room....
  • Police Believe Litvinenko Poisoned Twice

    01/06/2007 7:14:03 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 813+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-7-2006 | David Harrison
    Police believe Litvinenko poisoned twice By David Harrison, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 12:29am GMT 07/01/2007 Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian spy, was the victim of a "double hit" by the assassins who poisoned him with radioactive polonium-210, police believe. Traces of polonium have been found at Pescatori Detectives suspect that Mr Litvinenko, 44, who lived in north London, was first poisoned several days before he was attacked at a central London hotel on November 1. Officers had initially believed he was first poisoned that day at the Itsu sushi bar in Piccadilly, central London, when he met Mario Scaramella, an...
  • Spy killed by $US10m worth of polonium

    12/17/2006 6:10:09 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 61 replies · 2,149+ views
    The Australian ^ | 18 Decenber 2996 | Daniel McGrory and Tony Halpin
    BRITISH investigators believe that Alexander Litvinenko's killers used more than $US10 million of polonium-210 to poison him. Preliminary findings from the post mortem examination on the former KGB spy suggest that he was given more than ten times the lethal dose. Police do not know why the assassins used so much of the polonium-210, and are investigating whether the poison was part of a consignment to be sold on the black market. They believe that whoever orchestrated the plot knew of its effects, but are unsure whether the massive amount was used to send a message - it made it...
  • Russian Unit May Have Got Polonium To Kill Litvinenko

    12/15/2006 6:05:44 PM PST · by blam · 2 replies · 470+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-16-2006 | Duncan Gardham
    Russian unit may have got polonium to kill Litvinenko By Duncan Gardham Last Updated: 1:41am GMT 16/12/2006 A special unit of the Russian secret service could have provided the polonium that killed the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, The Daily Telegraph has learned. Sources in Russia have suggested that a secret unit called Department V could have obtained the radioactive substance that has left a trail across Europe. Polonium 210 is only produced in a small number of state-controlled facilities and Department V, also known as Vympel, is charged with guarding Russia's nuclear installations. The "Spetsnaz", or special forces unit...
  • New Theories Emerging in "Poisoned Spy" Case

    12/13/2006 6:27:20 PM PST · by genefromjersey · 15 replies · 589+ views
    The Inside Straight ^ | 12/13/06 | vanity
    Little by little, the media is letting go of the "Putin-did-it" theory...because the facts keep getting in the way !
  • Spy-killing polonium-210 cost $25 million

    12/13/2006 12:22:30 PM PST · by jdm · 28 replies · 2,043+ views
    UPI via Wash Times ^ | Dec 13, 2006
    German investigators say the radioactive polonium-210 used to kill a former Russian spy in London last month would have cost $25 million on the black market. The Berliner Zeitung quoted a police source Wednesday as saying police were investigating the possibility some of Alexander Litvinenko's business activities involved the illegal smuggling of nuclear materials. "We know that there has been a demand for nuclear materials in terrorist circles for several years," the source said. Litvinenko was a former Russian spy who defected to Britain and became an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He died of radiation poisoning in...
  • "Polonium" Restaurant Capitalizes on Ex-KGB Spy Case

    12/09/2006 1:02:05 PM PST · by lizol · 13 replies · 497+ views
    novinite ^ | 5 December 2006
    "Polonium" Restaurant Capitalizes on Ex-KGB Spy Case Business: 5 December 2006, Tuesday. The owners of a restaurant in northern England are having their hands full these days, unexpectedly capitalizing on the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. The reason for the rising popularity of the establishment in Sheffield is in its name - "The Polonium Restaurant". Ever since word broke that the former Russian spy was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210, the place has been fully packed. The Polish owner say the place was not named after the radioactive stuff, but a Polish folk band he played in some 30...
  • Illness spreads to third Litvinenko contact: report

    12/08/2006 10:08:25 AM PST · by ElkGroveDan · 3 replies · 472+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 12/8/2006 | Oleg Shchedrov
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A second Russian businessman who met murdered ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko on the day he fell ill is now sick from radiation poisoning, local media quoted medical sources as saying on Friday. Andrei Lugovoy has damage to vital organs consistent with exposure to dangerous levels of radiation, Interfax news agency reported, the same condition that killed Kremlin critic Litvinenko in London on November 23. Lugovoy's business partner Dmitry Kovtun is also in hospital and Mario Scaramella, an Italian contact of Litvinenko, has undergone treatment in London for the effects of contamination. Litvinenko, who was buried in London on...
  • Second Man In Coma? (and bartenders at London Hotel are radioactive)

    12/07/2006 5:05:34 PM PST · by RDTF · 9 replies · 975+ views
    Sky News via Drudge Report ^ | November 7, 2006 | Sky News
    There is confusion over reports that a man who met former Russian spy Alexander Livtinenko has fallen into a coma with radiation poisoning. Dmitry Kovtun met Mr Livtinenko on November 1, the day it is believed he was poisoned with radioactive substance polonium-210. Russian's interfax news agency said that Mr Kovtun fell into a coma immediately after being questioned by British and Russian detectives, with doctors describing his condition as "critical". However, a lawyer for another wintess in the Litvinenko denied the reports. Andrei Romashov said: "His health right at this minute is no different from the state of his...
  • Poisoned Spy Case : Leave it to the Police !

    12/06/2006 3:53:47 PM PST · by genefromjersey · 2 replies · 289+ views
    The Inside Straight ^ | 12/06/06 | vanity
    It's pretty diverting to be a "conspiracy buff"-and the "Poisoned Spy" case provides more than a little diversion !
  • Friend names suspect in spy poisoning

    12/03/2006 9:27:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 815+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/3/06 | David Stringer - ap
    LONDON - Britain's senior law enforcement official said Sunday an inquiry into the death of a former KGB agent had expanded overseas, and a U.S.-based friend of the former agent said he told police the name of the person he believes orchestrated the poisoning. Yuri Shvets said had known the poisoned ex-spy, Alexander Litvinenko, since 2002 and spoke with him on Nov. 23, the day Litvinenko died following his exposure to a rare radioactive element, polonium-210. "The truth is, we have an act of international terrorism on our hands. I happen to believe I know who is behind the death...
  • Focus: Cracking the code of the nuclear assassin

    12/02/2006 8:32:32 PM PST · by the Real fifi · 32 replies · 864+ views
    timesonline ^ | Dec 3, 2006 | Richard Woods, et al
    The nuclear poison used to kill Alexander Litvinenko has left a trail that appears to lead back to Moscow. It's a killing that could yet seriously undermine relations between Britain and Russia
  • Poison plotters claim their second victim

    12/01/2006 6:05:26 PM PST · by blogblogginaway · 26 replies · 1,271+ views
    Times On Line ^ | dec. 2, 2006 | Richard Beeston and Daniel McGrory
    Police fear that the murder of a former Kremlin spy may have been part of a double killing plot after a second man was taken to hospital last night with radiation poisoning. The Anti-Terror Group is examining whether the killers of Alexander Litvinenko also tried to poison Mario Scaramella, an Italian security expert who met the Russian exile on the day that he fell ill. Toxicologists confirmed yesterday that Mr Scaramella had also been contaminated by a “significant” amount of deadly polonium-210. The level leads them to suspect that it was more than he could have ingested from simple physical...
  • Former Spy's Wife Positive for Radiation

    12/01/2006 1:45:58 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 30 replies · 1,130+ views
    AP via ABC News.com ^ | 12/1/06 | TARIQ PANJA
    <p>An Italian security expert who met with a former KGB agent the day the ex-spy fell fatally ill with radiation poisoning has also tested positive for the substance, British authorities reported Friday.</p> <p>Mario Scaramella met with Alexander Litvinenko at a sushi bar in London on Nov. 1 the day the former intelligence agent first reported the symptoms that ultimately led to his death.</p>
  • Italian Mario Scaramella tests positive for Polonium poisioning - was a contact of Mr Litvinenko.

    12/01/2006 8:13:26 AM PST · by rjp2005 · 17 replies · 1,104+ views
    BBC ^ | Dec 1st, 2006 | BBC
    "Italian Mario Scaramella, a contact of dead ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko, has tested positive for polonium-210. Mr Scaramella is not thought to be suffering physical symptoms but the amount found is "likely to be of concern for [his] immediate health". He met Mr Litvinenko at sushi restaurant Itsu in central London on the day he fell ill. Meanwhile, the post-mortem examination on Mr Litvinenko, a former KGB agent, has started."
  • Polonium-210? it's yours for $69, no questions asked

    11/30/2006 12:55:43 AM PST · by vertolet · 17 replies · 919+ views
    Times Online ^ | November 30, 2006 | Tony Halpin
    The radioactive poison used to kill the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko is being offered for sale over the internet for less than Ł40. A company in the US claims to supply polonium-210 to anyone for just $69 plus postage and packing. A three-pack set of “alpha, beta, gamma” radioactive isotopes also includes polonium-210. United Nuclear, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, tells purchasers: “If you’re looking for clean, accurate, certified radiation sources, here they are. . . All isotopes are produced fresh in a nuclear reactor and shipped directly to you.” The company says that it has supplied radioactive materials...
  • British Airways Stewardess Questioned Regarding Polonium 210 Spy Death! ** EXCLUSIVE! **

    11/29/2006 2:16:24 PM PST · by Registered · 57 replies · 4,352+ views
    RegisteredMedia ^ | 11.29.2006 | registered
  • BRITISHAIRWAYS.COM: First radioactive flight @ October 25, BA875 Moscow/London Heathrow

    11/29/2006 12:05:36 PM PST · by b2stealth · 63 replies · 2,559+ views
    British Airways website ^ | British Airways
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  • LATEST: Two planes at Heathrow test positive for radiation in wake of ex-spy death

    11/29/2006 11:18:11 AM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 12 replies · 841+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday 29 November 2006
    Aircraft tested in spy death caseTwo BA planes at Heathrow Airport are being tested in the wake of the death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, the Home Office said. Plans were also being made to examine a third plane in Moscow, they added. Traces of radioactive polonium-210 were discovered in Mr Litvinenko's body, when he died in London last week. Initial results of the forensic tests showed very low traces of a radioactive substance onboard two of the three aircraft, said British Airways.
  • Poison Of Ex-Spy For Sale On The Web

    11/29/2006 7:23:43 AM PST · by anymouse · 16 replies · 557+ views
    InformationWeek ^ | Nov 28, 2006 | Antone Gonsalves
    The radioactive material that killed a former Russian spy in Britain can be bought on the Internet for $69. Polonium-210, which experts say is many times more deadly than cyanide, can be bought legally through United Nuclear Scientific Supplies, a mail-order company that sells through the Web, based in Sandia Park, N.M. Chemcial companies sell the Polonium-210 legally for industrial use, such as removing static electricity from machinery. United Nuclear claims that it's "currently the only legal Alpha source available without a license." The type of Polonium-210 sold emits alpha radiation, which can't penetrate the skin, but is deadly if...
  • Mystery illness hits former Russian PM

    11/28/2006 8:20:26 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 58 replies · 1,650+ views
    Financial Times ^ | November 28, 2006 | Arkady Ostrovsk
    Yegor Gaidar, Russia’s former prime minister and the architect of the country’s market reforms, last week suffered a sudden, unexplained and violent illness on a visit to Ireland, a day after Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB spy, died in London from an apparent radiation poisoning. Mr Gaidar is now in a stable condition at an undisclosed Moscow hospital, undergoing tests. In a telephone interview with the FT, Mr Gaidar said the doctors had so far been unable to identify the cause of the violent vomiting and bleeding that he suffered during a conference in Ireland. Anatoly Chubais, his former associate...
  • No need for alarm, says Reid as three are tested for radiation (Polonium 210)

    11/27/2006 8:12:33 AM PST · by Ben Mugged · 25 replies · 902+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 27 Nov 2006 | Unattributed
    Home Secretary John Reid said there was no need for public alarm over the discovery of radiation at several locations associated with the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. In an emergency Commons statement, Mr Reid said the nature of this radiation was such "that it does not travel over long distances - a few centimetres at most. "There is no need for public alarm over the fact that radiation may have been found, since there is such a short distance encompassed in its effect." The statement came as it emerged that three people have been sent for urgent...
  • British official cites Putin in two recent deaths

    11/26/2006 2:39:15 PM PST · by bd476 · 15 replies · 614+ views
    MSNBC and Associated Press ^ | Updated: 1:47 p.m. AKT Nov 26, 2006
    Report: Poisoned ex-spy feared alleged agent; body set for autopsy LONDON - A British Cabinet minister accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of "attacks on individual liberty and on democracy" and said Sunday that relations with Moscow were strained after a former KGB agent was poisoned to death in London. Peter Hain, the government's Northern Ireland Secretary, said Putin's tenure had been clouded by incidents "including an extremely murky murder of the senior Russian journalist" Anna Politkovskaya. They were the strongest comments leveled at Moscow since Alexander Litvinenko died Thursday from poisoning by the radioactive element polonium-210. In a dramatic statement...
  • Polonium-210 could have come from Russia

    11/26/2006 2:32:18 PM PST · by lizol · 45 replies · 1,627+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 26, 2006 | November 26, 2006
    Polonium-210 could have come from Russia November 26, 2006 BY STEVE GUTTERMAN MOSCOW -- The radioactive substance that doctors think killed a Kremlin critic and former Soviet spy could have come from Russia, but nuclear experts said Saturday it would be hard for investigators to pinpoint blame for the death even if the toxin's origin is determined. Alexander Litvinenko, who died in a London hospital Thursday, blamed President Vladimir Putin in a statement signed days before his death. Polonium-210, the substance doctors think killed Litvinenko, is usually made artificially in a nuclear reactor or particle accelerator, and likely would come...
  • Sushi bar man is nuclear waste expert (last man to meet Litvienko)

    The last person to meet Alexander Litvinenko before he succumbed to the agonising effects of radioactive poisoning is a self-professed expert in nuclear materials. International 'security consultant' Mario Scaramella, who joined Litvinenko for the now infamous clandestine meeting in a London sushi bar, headed an organisation which tracked dumped nuclear waste, including Soviet nuclear missiles left over from the Cold War.