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Did Litvinenko poison himself?

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posted on Mar, 22 2008 @ 11:07 AM
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Did Litvinenko poison himself?


www.russiatoday.ru

A journalist with the New York Sun newspaper is claiming that Aleksandr Litvinenko may have accidentally poisoned himself while trying to smuggle polonium-210. Edward Epstein reached his conclusions after an investigation lasting well over a year. Aleksandr Litvinenko, a former Russian Intelligence officer, died of polonium-210 poisoning in November 2006.

The investigation of the case led to a crisis in relations between the two countries. Britain expelled four Russian diplomats from London...
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posted on Mar, 22 2008 @ 11:07 AM
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Theory of mystery, man who became a myth.

Still there are no official conclusion, and I believe that maybe never comes. Only what we know is that secret service is a dirty business, and it stakes are high: British councils are still closed in Russia and relations has cooled all time low.

London is the main city of many myths: Diana, Litvinenko, 7/7... And always there is somewhere Lord Rothschild.

www.russiatoday.ru
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posted on Mar, 22 2008 @ 11:16 AM
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Hmm.

Originally i was under the suspicion that the Russian Service was involved in the poisioning, that somehow they had forced Litvin to ingest some of the material.

However, it is plausible that MI6 had some involvement considering he was apparently on their payroll at the time, so perhaps he was holding the material as a courier.

Still, Polonium is made from Uranium Ore, and all known isotopes are radioactive, so to act as a courier and be unaware of the hazardous effects of the material is somewhat odd.

At the height of speculation, one could assume the MI6 'sold him out' to the Russians for information.

Unfortunately, the Spy Game in Britain is as subtle as it is effective.



posted on Mar, 22 2008 @ 11:23 AM
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Timing is always most interesting, conclusion is almost impossible. Why this come out now, and is it heading to western MSM too?

Tensions between Russia and Europe are rising every day in Kosovo. Medvedev is going to firing lane next week when he will took the office. Maybe cases with England are coming to table in coming months, and this case is one of those, witch can use as hard pressure, or as shown from good opening cooperation with "New Russia" ...

Timing, thats diplomacy.



posted on Mar, 23 2008 @ 10:47 AM
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I highly doubt Litvinenko was that stupid.

All indications are that he was trading Russian nuclear secrets or actual nukes, as well as polonium itself, on the black market and was killed on Putin's order.

Polonium 210 is used as the trigger material for nukes and is extremely unstable and fugitive, and is frankly a bizarre material; even lead can't contain it. It has a very short half-life--IIRC somewhere around a few years, and thus the polonium triggers of nukes need to be replaced and refashioned almost yearly, because of this degradation.

In short, you don't keep this stuff in your luggage in your London hotel room.

So, you may have a nuke to sell, but it won't go off, because the polonium trigger no longer functions. Litvinenko was doubtless shopping for or selling polonium, which is obviously extremely rare and valuable, and Putin offed him.

That polonium was used to kill him was a clear message for other intelligence agencies and black market dealers, worthy of a James Bond villain, that the Russians knew what he was up to and were going to be ruthless in stopping it.

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[edit on 23-3-2008 by gottago]



posted on Mar, 23 2008 @ 11:45 AM
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Polonium is also used in medical CAT scanners though, not just for nukes.

Any idea why polonium is used as a trigger? Seems like a bad choice considering this apparent need to continuously replace it.

Ive read that polonium was chosen as the poison simply because its the most gruesome form of radiation poisoning (alpha and beta particles inside the body).



posted on Mar, 24 2008 @ 04:13 AM
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An international manhunt was launched last night for a Russian-born British media magnate whose mysterious disappearance has possible links to the murder of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko.


www.thisislondon.co.uk... ticle.do

Hunt for tax refugees are running still hot, when Putin takes prime minister duty, and starts to put domestic issues to new era.

Asking why this news come out now, will come now to daylight...



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