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  • France ends probe into Arafat’s death, says no proof he was poisoned

    09/02/2015 8:55:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09/02/2015 | [jar/jr (AFP, Reuters)]
    French magistrates have closed their investigation into the 2004 death of Arafat, the prosecutor’s office said Wednesday. “At the end of the investigation… it has not been demonstrated that Mr. Yasser Arafat was murdered by polonium-210 poisoning,” the three judges ruled, according to the lead prosecutor at Nanterre court near Paris. But lawyers for his widow, Suha Arafat, have argued that his death was a political assassination and vow to appeal the decision in court. …
  • After Long Legal Fight, Inquest Is Set to Begin in Death of Putin Critic

    01/25/2015 12:51:07 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 32 replies
    NYT ^ | 24 Jan 15 | Alan Cowell
    LONDON — It has consumed more than eight years of maneuvering, obstruction and a widow’s dogged legal campaign, fought often on a shoestring. But finally, on Tuesday, a public inquiry is set to begin its quest for an answer to the question that has driven the whole process: Why did Alexander V. Litvinenko have to die? On Nov. 1, 2006, Mr. Litvinenko, a former officer of the Soviet K.G.B. in self-exile in London and a vocal critic of President Vladimir V. Putin, sipped tea from a poisoned pot, took sick and died 22 days later. Only after his death did...
  • Is this Alexander Litvinenko's beyond the grave attack on Putin?

    01/24/2015 7:24:02 PM PST · by No One Special · 12 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | January 23, 2015 | Lyndsey Telford, Edward Malnick and Claire Newell
    A tape apparently recorded by murdered Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko a year before he was poisoned has revealed he was digging up links between Vladimir Putin and one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists. A Telegraph investigation uncovered the audio recording, in which the dissident claims from beyond the grave that Russia’s president had a “good relationship” with Semion Mogilevich - a Ukrainian crime boss who was on the FBI's most wanted list and whom Mr Litvinenko believed was selling weapons to al-Qaeda. The apparent recording of Mr Litvinenko is published for the first time ahead of a public inquiry...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Russians close to carrying out 'perfect murder' when they poisoned Alexander Litvinenko

    07/05/2008 8:58:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 183+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | 05/07/2008 | Sean Rayment
    Russian agents came close to carrying out the perfect assassination on British soil when they killed Alexander Litvinenko... Security sources have disclosed that the former Russian spy would have died within hours had the poisoned tea he was given been served hot. Litvinenko, a former KGB agent who had become a critic of the government of Russia's then president, Vladimir Putin... Security sources say that during the meeting Litvinenko took just a few sips of the tea but left the remainder of the cup because it was cold. "If Litvinenko had drunk all the tea he would have been dead...
  • 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...
  • Russian Poisoning Suspect Seeks Office

    09/16/2007 10:04:24 AM PDT · by vahet pole · 2 replies · 243+ views
    AP ^ | September 16, 2007 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW (AP) — The sole suspect in the radiation poisoning death of a former KGB agent announced plans to run for parliament Sunday on the ticket of a pro-Kremlin ultranationalist party. Andrei Lugovoi, another former KGB officer who met with Alexander Litvinenko at a London hotel bar on Nov. 1 hours before Litvinenko fell ill, told state-run Russia Today television that he had no desire to go into politics but changed his mind because of British accusations. Now a Moscow businessman who runs a private security agency, Lugovoi said Sunday that he would be No. 2 on the list of...
  • Radioactive poison that killed Litvinenko found at London lap dancing bar

    08/18/2007 6:21:22 AM PDT · by NCjim · 11 replies · 435+ views
    Evening Standard ^ | August 17, 2007
    Traces of the lethal radioactive poison which killed Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko have been found at four previously undisclosed sites - including a Mayfair lap dancing bar. The revelations come nine months after the former spy's murder and shed new light on the scale of the investigation into his death. The polonium-210 poison was found at the Hey Jo nightclub on Jermyn Street, on a shisha pipe in the West End restaurant Dar Marakesh, in a taxi and in Mr Litvinenko's Mercedes. Westminster council has disclosed that a total of 47 venues were checked, among them five buses, eight aircraft,...
  • Radio active poison that killed Litvineko found at a London Lap Dancing Bar

    Traces of the lethal radioactive poison which killed Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko have been found at four previously undisclosed sites - including a Mayfair lap dancing bar. The revelations come nine months after the former spy's murder and shed new light on the scale of the investigation into his death. The polonium-210 poison was found at the Hey Jo nightclub on Jermyn Street, on a shisha pipe in the West End restaurant Dar Marakesh, in a taxi and in Mr Litvinenko's Mercedes. Dancers from Hey Jo lap dancing club where traces of radiation have been detected Westminster council has disclosed...
  • Dairies Dump Milk on Radiation Threat

    08/04/2007 6:23:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies · 515+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Saturday August 4, 9:01 pm ET
    FALLON, Nev. (AP) -- Two dairy farms have dumped milk after the discovery of a naturally occurring radioactive isotope in 25 nearby drinking water wells. Officials from Sorensen's Dairy and Oasis Dairy said they will stop selling milk until it is tested for the isotope, polonium-210, by the Food and Drug Administration. Officials said there's no known health risk at this time. A study released Friday by the U.S. Geological Survey found the radioactive isotope in 24 private wells and one public well around Fallon, about 60 miles east of Reno. Polonium-210 is known to cause cancer in humans. All...
  • Ex-KGB agent charged with Litvinenko's murder

    05/22/2007 3:58:43 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 11 replies · 502+ views
    AFP (via Yahoo) ^ | May 22, 2007 | Robin Millard
    Ex-KGB agent charged with Litvinenko's murder by Robin Millard Tue May 22, 2007 The Crown Prosecution Service demanded Tuesday the extradition of a former KGB man to face charges over the radiation murder of Alexander Litvinenko, in a move likely to seriously strain ties with Moscow. Russian authorities immediately said they would not hand over Andrei Lugovoi, a wealthy Russian businessman, despite London's demands for "full cooperation" from Moscow over the affair. Prosecutors called for his extradition over the poisoning of Litvinenko last November, which CPS chief Sir Ken Macdonald called an "extraordinarily grave crime." "I have today concluded that...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Italian Who Met spy Litvinenko Arrested (Scaramella nabbed for poisoning)

    12/24/2006 7:08:44 AM PST · by cgk · 18 replies · 879+ views
    Irish Examiner ^ | 12-24-06
    24/12/2006 - 2:18:23 PM Italian who met spy Litvinenko arrested  :: latest Police today arrested an Italian security expert who met former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko the day he fell ill from poisoning. Mario Scaramella was arrested in Naples, where he landed on his way back from London, Italian news agencies reported. Rome prosecutors have been investigating Scaramella for violating secrets of his office and possible arms trafficking. Scaramella met Litvinenko at a London sushi bar on November 1, the day the former spy fell ill. On his deathbed on November 23, Litvinenko - a former KGB agent and harsh...
  • The smoky bomb threat

    12/19/2006 9:51:12 AM PST · by mfnorman · 9 replies · 837+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 12-19-06 | Peter D. Zimmerman
    LONDON: The exotic murder-by-polonium of the former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko throws into question most of the previous analyses of "dirty bombs," terrorist attacks using radioactive isotopes wrapped in explosives (or using other dispersion techniques) to spread radioactive material in crowded areas. Essentially all analysts, myself included, played down the possibility of using alpha radiation — fast- moving helium nuclei ejected during the radioactive decay of certain isotopes, such as of polonium 210, the substance that killed Litvinenko — as a source of dirty bombs.
  • 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...
  • Russia no longer murders spies: KGB veteran

    12/14/2006 12:01:09 PM PST · by james500 · 21 replies · 439+ views
    Reuters via ABC News ^ | Dec 14, 2006 | Louis Charbonneau
    BERLIN (Reuters) - The head of an organization of former Russian spies was quoted as saying on Thursday Moscow abandoned its policy of assassinating enemies long ago, and that Alexander Litvinenko was probably murdered by criminals. Former KGB agent Valentin Velichko said fellow former agent Litvinenko, who died in London on November 23 from radiation poisoning, was a traitor but was not killed by Moscow. "That was long ago. It belonged to the days of Stalin," Velichko, head of the Veterans of Foreign Intelligence, told Die Welt newspaper in an interview. Millions died under the rule of dictator Josef Stalin.
  • UN atomic watchdog reviews classification of polonium as 'safe'

    12/14/2006 12:50:10 AM PST · by Schnucki · 12 replies · 393+ views
    FT ^ | Dec. 13, 2006 | Stephen Fidler
    The United Nations atomic watchdog is undertaking a review of its relatively safe classification of polonium 210 following the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian intelligence officer. Until now the radioactive isotope responsible for Litvinenko's death was deemed "unlikely to be dangerous" and placed in category 4 of a five-category classification of radioactive sources, where category 1 is the most dangerous. The definitions were not designed to deal with cases where people had ingested significant amounts of the substances. But a spokesman for the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency said it was "definitely something we need to look at...
  • An Inconvenient Truth (Dirty Bomb Plot in London?)

    12/12/2006 9:39:06 AM PST · by Rutles4Ever · 69 replies · 2,899+ views
    Canadian Free Press ^ | 12/11/2006 | William John Hagan
    Alexander Litvinenko, a former officer of the KGB and its more recent incarnation known as the FSB, is a perfect example of an intelligence officer who transferred his loyalties from his country, and the people he was entrusted to serve, to the “enemy” for reasons other than monetary gain...His areas of expertise included counter-terrorism and organized crime. For reasons unknown, Litvinenko became a supporter of the Islamic terrorists leading the rebellion in the separatist region of Chechnya, despite the fact that they had murdered hundreds of his fellow Russians. [SNIP] The fact that Litvinenko recently died as a result of...
  • 'Spy case has damaged Russia'

    12/12/2006 1:23:26 AM PST · by M. Espinola · 30 replies · 853+ views
    Channel 4 News ^ | 11 Dec 2006
    Russia's G8 envoy says speculation surrounding the death of Alexander Litvinenko has caused 'untold damage' to the regime. The admission comes after the focus of the investigation switched to Germany, with police revealing yesterday that one of the key witnesses to Mr Litvinenko's death, Dimitry Kovtun, was contaminated with polonium-210 in Hamburg. That was several days before he met the former Russian spy in a London hotel bar. The German inquiry is focusing on whether Mr Kovtun was in illegal contact with radioactive materials. Igor Shuvalov told Channel 4 News the death was done by someone who wanted to harm...
  • 'Walking Dirty Bomb' Tells of London Meetings

    12/11/2006 10:30:05 PM PST · by Maynerd · 2 replies · 606+ views
    Der Speigel ^ | 12/11/06 | Anna Sadovnikova
    'Walking Dirty Bomb' Tells of London Meetings By Anna Sadovnikova, Hans Hoyng, Thomas Hüetlin and Uwe Klussmann A few days before he was put in quarantine in a Moscow hospital, Russian businessman Andrei Lugovoi, believed to be one of Scotland Yard's main suspects in the killing of Alexander Litvinenko, spoke to DER SPIEGEL about his meetings with the former spy. Russian businessman Andrei Lugovoi during an interview on Ekho Moskvy radio in Moscow, November 23. Andrei Lugovoi, 40, former KGB agent, currently a kind of mini magnate in the Russian soft drinks industry, is the man British investigators believe left...
  • Wrap: New polonium poisoning cases in Germany

    12/11/2006 4:02:47 PM PST · by sergey1973 · 14 replies · 1,417+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 12-11-2006 | RIA Novosti
    MOSCOW, December 11 (RIA Novosti) - The ex-wife of a witness in the case of a murdered former Russian security officer, her two children and boyfriend have been hospitalized in Germany with suspected polonium-210 poisoning, the head of the investigation team in Hamburg said Monday. He said a medical examination will show if their organisms contain a dangerous concentration of the radioactive element. Authorities did not identify them by name. Businessman Dmitry Kovtun met with defector Alexander Litvinenko around the time of his poisoning at the beginning of November. Litvinenko, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin's administration and a...
  • Police to get ‘dirty bomb hoods’ in terror alert

    12/09/2006 5:17:18 PM PST · by Flavius · 9 replies · 1,145+ views
    times oline ^ | December 10, 2006 | Daniel Foggo
    POLICE forces have been told to buy anti-radiation masks for their 100,000 frontline officers to protect them in the event of a “dirty bomb” terrorist attack. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has told all forces they should look to purchase specially designed chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) hoods as soon as possible. Senior officers are concerned that, with only 1,000 thought to have been distributed, their ability to deal with any radiation threat will be severely hampered. The transparent “escape hoods” are able to protect the wearer from harm for about 20 minutes, allowing him or her to...
  • Another Litvinenko witness hit by radiation: Ifax

    12/08/2006 10:07:18 AM PST · by Ben Mugged · 5 replies · 480+ views
    ABC News ^ | Dec 8, 2006 | Unattributed
    Andrei Lugovoy, a contact of poisoned Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko, is suffering from radiation poisoning, Interfax news agency said on Friday, quoting medical sources. "Disruption in the functioning of some organs affected by radiation nuclides has been found," the agency quoted a source as saying. It said it had more than one source for the information, which came from Lugovoy's medical notes. Businessmen Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun were among the last who saw Litvinenko in London on November 1, the day he fell ill. Litvinenko died on November 23 poisoned by the highly radioactive substance polonium 210. Interfax earlier quoted...
  • 7 (Bartenders) Test Radioactive at Bar Where Ex-Spy Met Russians

    12/07/2006 6:49:33 PM PST · by jdm · 42 replies · 1,280+ views
    NY Times ^ | Dec 7, 2006 | By ALAN COWELL and STEVEN LEE MYERS
    LONDON, Dec. 7 — Seven bartenders at an upscale hotel in central London have tested positive for radioactive contamination, the British authorities said Thursday, raising new questions about the radiation poisoning death of Alexander V. Litvinenko, a former Russian agent. In Moscow, Russia said it had opened its own criminal investigation into the death of Mr. Litvinenko, who was buried Thursday, two weeks after he died, in a private ceremony in London. Russian authorities also said a Russian businessman, Dmitri V. Kovtun, who was interviewed by British investigators in Moscow, was found to have signs of radioactive poisoning. In London,...
  • Spy Death by Nuclear Poisoning Tied to American Hiroshima

    12/07/2006 10:56:48 AM PST · by BigFinn · 57 replies · 2,327+ views
    canada free press ^ | December 6, 2006 | By Paul L. Williams Ph.D.
    The death of Alexander Litvinenko by radiological poisoning points to the possibility that the former Soviet spy may have been involved with Islamic terrorists in the preparation of tactical nuclear weapons for use in the jihad against the United States and its NATO allies. (snip) In recent years, considerable attention has been paid to suitcase nukes that were developed by U.S. and Soviet forces during the Cold War. Reliable sources, including Hans Blix of the United Nation, have confirmed that bin Laden purchased several of these devices from the Chechen rebels in 1996. According to Sharif al-Masri and other al...
  • Litvinenko contact Kovtun critically ill: Ifax

    12/07/2006 9:59:10 AM PST · by Rutles4Ever · 64 replies · 1,556+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/7/2006
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Dmitry Kovtun, a contact of dead Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko, is in critical condition in hospital from radiation poisoning, Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed source as saying on Thursday. "Doctors have classified Kovtun's condition as critical," Interfax quoted its source as saying. Kovtun met Litvinenko in London on November 1, the day the former spy fell ill. Interfax also reported that Kovtun fell into a coma after British and Russian investigators working on the Litvinenko case had finished questioning him in a Moscow hospital. However, it gave no source for the information on a coma. A...
  • Spy death was murder say police as poison case takes fresh twist

    12/07/2006 1:23:58 AM PST · by Mrs Ivan · 6 replies · 635+ views
    The Times ^ | December 07, 2006 | Tony Halpin & Daniel McGrory
    British detectives have questioned a Russian businessman who entertained Alexander Litvinenko in a London hotel on the day the former spy fell ill. At the same time Scotland Yard confirmed that the investigation into Litvinenko’s death by radiation poisoning had become a murder inquiry. Police have been following the trail across London left by Dimitri Kovtun and his close friend, Andrei Lugovoy. It includes a number of locations where polonium-210 has been found. Mr Kovtun was interviewed by Russian prosecutors yesterday in the presence of the British detectives, who arrived in Moscow on Monday. He and and Mr Lugovoy were...
  • Litvinenko Case Called Murder

    12/06/2006 3:25:40 PM PST · by sergey1973 · 13 replies · 392+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | Dec 7, 2006 | Nabi Abdullaev
    British investigators are now treating the poisoning death of former Federal Security Service agent Alexander Litvinenko as murder. "It is important to stress that we have reached no conclusions as to the means employed, the motive or the identity of those who might be responsible for Mr. Litvinenko's death," Scotland Yard said in a statement.
  • Radioactive traces at Arsenal stadium(polonium 210, Litvinenko case)

    12/06/2006 5:01:00 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 529+ views
    SMH ^ | 12/06/06
    Radioactive traces at Arsenal stadium December 6, 2006 - 12:11PM British investigators have found minute traces of polonium 210, the radioactive isotope that killed former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, at a London soccer stadium. The traces were found at the stadium of English Premier League club Arsenal. "Minute quantities [of polonium] were found at barely detectable levels at localised areas," said Health Protection Agency spokeswoman Katherine Lewis. "There is no risk to public health." British police are in Moscow investigating Litvinenko's death in a case that has strained ties between Britain and Russia since the exiled former spy on his...
  • Polonium, $22.50 Plus Tax

    12/03/2006 10:16:38 PM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies · 2,337+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 3, 2006 | WILLIAM J. BROAD
    All Aglow THE trail of clues in the mysterious death of Alexander V. Litvinenko may lead to Moscow, as the former spy claimed on his deathbed. But solving the nuclear whodunit may prove harder than Scotland Yard and many scientists at first anticipated. The complicating factor is the relative ubiquity of polonium 210, the highly radioactive substance found in Mr. Litvinenko’s body and now in high levels in the body of an Italian associate, who has been hospitalized in London. Experts initially called it quite rare, with some claiming that only the Kremlin had the wherewithal to administer a lethal...
  • 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...
  • Putin wanted Blair to gag poisoned spy

    12/03/2006 1:25:58 AM PST · by MadIvan · 22 replies · 986+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | December 3, 2006 | David Cracknell, Mark Franchetti and Jon Ungoed-Thomas
    THE Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has expressed his anger at Britain’s failure to gag Alexander Litvinenko in the final hours of his life, the cabinet has been told.Margaret Beckett, the foreign secretary, told ministers that the Russian government had “taken exception” to the poisoned former spy’s deathbed letter accusing the Putin regime of murdering him. This weekend a potential suspect — Andrei Lugovoi — admitted he had been contaminated with the radioactive poison polonium-210 but insisted: “I’ve been framed.” Beckett, who spoke to her Russian counterpart before Thursday’s cabinet meeting, said the Russians had “seemingly failed to understand” that Litvinenko...
  • Italian Who Dined With Dead Spy Tests Positive for Nuke Poison(Radiation Hits Second Man)

    12/01/2006 7:08:51 AM PST · by standingfirm · 24 replies · 1,674+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | 12/1/06 | skynews via foxnews.com
    Breaking News Mario Scaramella Radiation Hits Second Man Updated: 14:53, Friday December 01, 2006 A contact of an ex-Russian spy who died after ingesting a radioactive toxin has the same substance in his body, Sky News has learnt. Italian academic Mario Scaramella tested positive for isotope Polonium-210. He had met Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko at a sushi restaurant in London, shortly before he fell ill. Sky's Martin Brunt said Mr Scaramella had not shown the same symptoms as Mr Litvinenko, who suffered vomiting and loss of hair before he died.
  • 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...
  • 33,000 BA passengers alerted over radiation

    12/01/2006 7:44:12 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 5 replies · 315+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 11:02am GMT 11/30/2006 | Duncan Gardham
    British Airways is trying to contact all 33,000 passengers who may have been exposed to radioactive traces that were found on two of its planes. Thousands of BA passengers were caught in the radiation scare last night after traces of a substance, thought to be the same that killed the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, were found on the planes. A spokesman for the airline said that, so far, 2,500 of the 33,000 passengers who are believed to have flown on 221 flights across Europe since the traces were found have called in to BA's dedicated helpline. The Government grounded...
  • Polonium-210? it's yours for $69, no questions asked

    11/30/2006 9:49:00 AM PST · by jdm · 19 replies · 3,641+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | Nov 30, 2006 | Tony Halpin in Moscow
    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...
  • BBC: Radioactive traces on BA planes

    11/29/2006 1:43:40 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 755+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 29 November 2006, 21:29 GMT | BBC Staff
    Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 November 2006, 21:29 GMT E-mail this to a friend Printable version Radioactive traces on BA planes Mr Litvinenko was a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin Traces of a radioactive substance have been found on two British Airways planes at Heathrow Airport, says BA.The planes, plus a third in Moscow, are being tested as part of the probe into the death from radiation poisoning of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko. BA is trying to make contact with up to 33,000 passengers who travelled on the 221 European flights affected, including the London to Moscow route....
  • British Airways Grounds 3 767s to Check for Polonium 210

    11/29/2006 10:44:22 AM PST · by Howlin · 249 replies · 10,303+ views
    Fox News ^ | November 29, 2006
    Just breaking on Fox...
  • Ex-spy's poison on the Internet $69 can get you a trace - commonly used lethal industrial substance

    11/28/2006 2:36:46 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 35 replies · 1,304+ views
    SF Gate.com ^ | Tuesday, November 28, 2006 | Keay Davidson
    $69 can get you a trace of the commonly used lethal industrial substance... It's one of the deadliest imaginable poisons, a radioactive substance about 100 billion times as deadly as cyanide -- and a Web site run by a physicist and flying saucer enthusiast offers to sell you a trace amount of it for $69 and send it via the U.S. Postal Service or UPS. Contrary to early news reports, polonium-210 -- the poison suspected in the death of an ex-Russian spy in England -- is not some exotic material available solely from nuclear laboratories. The isotope is available from...
  • A Rare Material and a Surprising Weapon (Polonium 210)

    11/25/2006 8:06:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 37 replies · 2,683+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 25, 2006 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    If substantial amounts of polonium 210 were used to poison Alexander V. Litvinenko, whoever did it presumably had access to a high-level nuclear laboratory and put himself at some risk carrying out the assassination, experts said yesterday. Polonium 210 is highly radioactive and very toxic. By weight, it is about 250 million times as toxic as cyanide, so a particle smaller than a dust mote could be fatal. It would also, presumably, be too small to taste. There is no antidote, and handling it in a laboratory requires special equipment. But to be fatal it must be swallowed, breathed in...
  • Polonium 210 Found in Body of Former Russian Spy

    11/24/2006 7:04:42 AM PST · by edpc · 258 replies · 15,790+ views
    Drudge Report.com ^ | November 24, 2006 | Drudge
    Just a headline, as of 10AM.