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Originally posted by ewan
breaking news on sky - CEO of british airways states that---
over 240 flights involved.
33 000 passengers effected.
3000 ba staff effected.
full details to be released on www.ba.com
We know only what everyone else knows about this case, and we are working deductively. For all we know, Litvinenko had a very angry former girlfriend who worked in a nuclear lab. But while that's possible, one cannot dismiss the fact that his death -- in so public a manner -- fits in directly with the logic of today's Russia and the interests of Vladimir Putin and his group. It is not that we know or necessarily believe Putin personally ordered a killing, but we do know that, in the vast apparatus of the FSB, giving such an order would not have been contrary to the current inclinations of the leadership.
And whatever the public's impression of the case might be, the KGB/FSB has not suddenly returned to the scene. In fact, it never left. Putin has been getting the system back under control for years. The free-for-all over economic matters has ended, and Putin has been restructuring the Russian economy for several years to increase state control, without totally reversing openness. This process, however, requires the existence of a highly disciplined FSB -- and that is not compatible with someone like a Litvinenko publicly criticizing the Kremlin from London. Litvinenko's death would certainly make that point very clear.
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.
Originally posted by maloy
So because the FSB is allowed under Russian law to liquidate individuals who pose a credible threat to Russian security, and because the FSB exists to this day- they are guilty? This is at very best circumstantial. Hell- send Putin to the Hague tribunals right away- you seem to have an irrefutable case against him. I don't see how your conclusive evidence could possibly be false.
The more I read about what this dissident spy did and said, the more I actually agree that this guy should have been taken care of. It's not because he criticized Putin, nor is it because he came up with outrageous accusations against Putin's administration. Primarily and above all this guy was a traitor, and he has betrayed and abused his position in the highest security department of FSB. He was entrusted with vital security information, and then he ran off to Britain with it. What did you expect FSB to do- look and nod in approval? If it was FSB that targeted him, I am surprised they didn't kill him earlier. I am sure intelligence agencies in US and Britain don't take very well to agents that betray them. If such dissent by high-ranking intelligence officials is allowed, then the intelligence business turns into a joke.
And by the way- it is very doubtful that Gaidar's sickness has anything to do with this case. Gaidar had bad health long before this, and his sickness is no surprise to those who know him. Plus he is only a two-bit politician and not a dissedent. I could think of 100 people who FSB could target before Gaidar.
The killers must have had access to the laboratories, indicating a level of state involvement, according to intelligence sources. Reports say the source of the polonium 210 has now been traced by British scientists working at the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston to a nuclear power plant in Russia.
And MSNBC is reporting that a hotel which Scaramella stayed at has been closed and is being tested.