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suspecta - November 21, 2006 01:32 PM (GMT)
Is Al Qaeda a Kremlin Proxy?

By J.R. Nyquist

Last month a journalist friend in Poland sent me a translation of an interview with FSB [KGB] defector Alexander Litvinenko. The following testimony, offered by Litvinenko, was published by FAKT. Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko (b. Voreonezh, 1962) served in the counterintelligence agencies of the Soviet KGB, and after 1991, as a counter-terrorism expert in the Central Staff of the MB-FSK-FSB (KGB successor organizations). In 1997 Litvinenko served in one of the most secretive departments of the Russian KGB -- the Department for the Analysis of Criminal Organizations. He was a senior operations officer and deputy head of the Seventh Section. Litvinenko defected from Russia and was granted political asylum by the United Kingdom in May 2001.

In a July 2002 article titled Ayman al-Zawahiri's Russian Adventure, I offered the following analysis: "Given Zawahiri's travels to Russia and China, given the full context of Russia's double game in Chechnya (described in last week’s column), we ought to entertain the possibility that China and Russia secretly supported the terrorists who attacked America on 9/11."

Poland's FAKT contacted Litvinenko after the London bombings last month and the following conversation was reported:

FAKT: Alexander, who, in your opinion, is the originator of this [London] terrorist attack?

A. Litvinenko: You know, I have spoken about it earlier and I shall say now, that I know only one organization that has made terrorism the main tool of solving political problems. It is the Russian special services. The KGB was engaged in terrorism for many years, and mass terrorism. At the special department of the KGB they trained terrorists from practically every country in the world. These courses lasted, as a rule, for a half-year. Specially trained and prepared agents of the KGB organized murders and explosions, including explosions of tankers, the hijacking of passenger airliners, strikes on diplomatic, state and commercial organizations worldwide.

FAKT: Could you name ... some of the terrorists prepared at the "special courses" of the KGB-FSB?

A. Litvinenko: The bloodiest terrorists in the world were or are agents of the KGB-FSB. These are well-known, like Carlos Ilyich Ramiros, nicknamed "the Jackal," the late Yassir Arafat, Saddam Hussein, Adjalan (he is condemned in Turkey), Wadi Haddad, the head of the service of external operations of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Hauyi, the head of the communist party of Lebanon, Mr. Papaionnu from the Cyprus, Sean Garland from Ireland and many others. All of them were trained by the KGB, received money from there, weapons and explosives, counterfeit documents and a communication equipment for carrying out of acts of terrorism worldwide.

FAKT: Some may object that each of the listed figures, and the forces supporting them, were engaged in solving their own political problems.

A. Litvinenko: Certainly, all these figures and movements operated under their own slogans; however, none of them especially hid their "intimate" ... relationship with the Kremlin and Lubyanka. There is a simple question: whether the Russian special services would train and finance people and groups that were not supervised by Lubyanka and did not serve the interests of the Kremlin? You understand perfectly, they would not. Each act of terrorism made by these people was carried out as an assignment and under the rigid control of the KGB of the USSR. And [the terrorism] ... is not casual after the disintegration of the USSR and [reform of the KGB]....

FAKT: Every terrorist you have named is from 'the old staff' of the KGB. Could you name someone from recent history?

A. Litvinenko: Certainly, here it is. The number two person in the terrorist organization al Qaeda, who they are crediting with the series of explosions in London, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is an old agent of the FSB. Being sentenced to death in Egypt for terrorism and hunted by Interpol, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in 1998, was in the territory of Dagestan, where for half a year he received special training at one of the educational bases of the FSB. After this training he was transferred to Afghanistan, where he had never been before and where, following the recommendation of his Lubyanka chiefs, he at once ... penetrated the milieu of bin Laden and soon became his assistant in al Qaeda.

FAKT: Could you hint at least, where this data comes from?

A. Litvinenko: I can. During my service in one of the most secret departments of the FSB, top officials from the UFSB of Dagestan, who had directly worked with Ayman al-Zawahiri ... were called to Moscow and received high posts.

FAKT: What can you say concerning the acts of terrorism in London ? From what region and with what forces was this strike directed?

A. Litvinenko: In reply to this question I can definitely say that the center of global terrorism is not in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan or the Chechen Republic. The terrorist infection is spread worldwide from Lubyanka Square and the Kremlin cabinet. And until the Russian special services are outlawed, dispersed and condemned, the terrorism will never stop: bombs will blow up and blood will be shed. Terrorism has no expiration date.... I would like to repeat, that all the terrorists, whom I have named, were supported by the heads of the Soviet and Russian special services - Yuri Andropov, Vladimir Putin, Nikolay Patrushev and others. These people are the main terrorists.... And until we condemn them ... global terrorism will continue.



The Antagonist - November 21, 2006 02:22 PM (GMT)
What a clever trick! If it's not suicide-pact, death-cult, Islamofascist extremists, it must be the next best thing, those old commie favourites the wrong side of the Iron Curtain, or, better yet, both in collusion with each other.

However, worth bearing in mind are the words of Fréderic Laurent, as written in The Black Orchestra [Stock Publishing House, 1978] which explain how, generally speaking, evidence suggests that other groups are far better placed and connected to orchestrate acts of terror against the people:
QUOTE
"Neo-fascism is a reality. For those who have studied it, it is even a more worrying reality than the phantasmagorical “terrorist international” which is regularly portrayed by certain media as a terrifying threat with a terrifying future, with their powerful bosses leading from the darkness, in Moscow, Tripoli, or Pyongyang".

suspecta - November 21, 2006 03:24 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (The Antagonist @ Nov 21 2006, 02:22 PM)
What a clever trick! If it's not suicide-pact, death-cult, Islamofascist extremists, it must be the next best thing, those old commie favourites the wrong side of the Iron Curtain, or, better yet, both in collusion with each other.

However, worth bearing in mind are the words of Fréderic Laurent, as written in The Black Orchestra [Stock Publishing House, 1978] which explain how, generally speaking, evidence suggests that other groups are far better placed and connected to orchestrate acts of terror against the people:
QUOTE
"Neo-fascism is a reality. For those who have studied it, it is even a more worrying reality than the phantasmagorical “terrorist international” which is regularly portrayed by certain media as a terrifying threat with a terrifying future, with their powerful bosses leading from the darkness, in Moscow, Tripoli, or Pyongyang".

Well yes I thought he'd left rather a lot out - what about the CIA, Mossad, MI5, MI6, SIS etc?

I suspect most of the intelligence agencies are in cohoot with each other in a vast network, using a variety of agents and merceneries to carry out their dirty work. Once you start looking the deeper it goes.

freedomfiles - November 21, 2006 05:05 PM (GMT)
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What a clever trick! If it's not suicide-pact, death-cult, Islamofascist extremists, it must be the next best thing, those old commie favourites the wrong side of the Iron Curtain, or, better yet, both in collusion with each other.


I think the article, even as a piece of propaganda, is written quite badly, as it doesn't give a creative explanation for the contradiction that this network came into existence because muslims were recruited to fight in Afghanistan against the Russians.

Also the inclusion of for example someone like Saddam Hussein is hilarious, given his close ties with the US prior to the Gulf War, and his treatment of communists in Iraq. During the cold war, Saddam proved a loyal ally against the communists.

But sadly enough, many people don't think rationally and will believe such fairy tales.

The Antagonist - November 22, 2006 09:47 PM (GMT)
And, of course, there's also this story, by Litvinenko, published shortly after Mr Putin rather curiously lifted a young boy's shirt and kissed him on the stomach for no apparent reason:
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The Kremlin Pedophile
By Alexander Litvinenko

July, 05, 2006

A few days ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin walked from the Big Kremlin Palace to his Residence. At one of the Kremlin squares, the president stopped to chat with the tourists. Among them was a boy aged 4 or 5.

'What is your name?' Putin asked.

'Nikita,' the boy replied.

Putin kneed, lifted the boy's T-shirt and kissed his stomach.

The world public is shocked. Nobody can understand why the Russian president did such a strange thing as kissing the stomach of an unfamiliar small boy.

The explanation may be found if we look carefully at the so-called "blank spots" in Putin's biography.

After graduating from the Andropov Institute, which prepares officers for the KGB intelligence service, Putin was not accepted into the foreign intelligence. Instead, he was sent to a junior position in KGB Leningrad Directorate. This was a very unusual twist for a career of an Andropov Institute's graduate with fluent German. Why did that happen with Putin?

Because, shortly before his graduation, his bosses learned that Putin was a pedophile. So say some people who knew Putin as a student at the Institute.

The Institute officials feared to report this to their own superiors, which would cause an unpleasant investigation. They decided it was easier just to avoid sending Putin abroad under some pretext. Such a solution is not unusual for the secret services.

Many years later, when Putin became the FSB director and was preparing for presidency, he began to seek and destroy any compromising materials collected against him by the secret services over earlier years. It was not difficult, provided he himself was the FSB director. Among other things, Putin found videotapes in the FSB Internal Security Directorate, which showed him making sex with some underage boys.

Interestingly, the video was recorded in the same conspiratorial flat in Polyanka Street in Moscow where Russian Prosecutor-General Yuri Skuratov was secretly video-taped with two prostitutes. Later, in the famous scandal, Putin (on Roman Abramovich's instructions) blackmailed Skuratov with these tapes and tried to persuade the Prosecutor-General to resign. In that conversation, Putin mentioned to Skuratov that he himself was also secretly video-taped making sex at the same bed. (But of course, he did not tell it was pedophilia rather than normal sex.) Later, Skuratov wrote about this in his book Variant Drakona (p.p. 153-154)."

Source: Chechen press

All of which has overtones of the godfather of gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson's, peculiar fate. The following is quoted from a post of at Alex Cox's forum:
QUOTE ("The Antagonist")
Not quite 10,000 ways to die, but with his vocal dissent immediately 9/11 happened and his reported connection to this, it seems there might have been at least a few ways to die for the Godfather of Gonzo.


freedomfiles - November 27, 2006 11:41 AM (GMT)
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Murdered Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko passed documents to former Yukos CEO in Israel months before his death - report
November 25, 2006, 9:10 AM (GMT+02:00)
http://www.debka.com/headline.php?hid=3540

Leonid Nevzlin, former CEO of the oil giant and current chairman of the Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv, says the former Russian spy came to Israel with classified documents on Yukos which may be damaging to Russian leaders. Nevzliln estimates that Litvinenko’s death was connected with this information, which he has handed to London police investigators of the murder.

DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources add that the Russian ex-spy is believed to have been a double agent, who sold trade secrets to different parties in and outside Russia, among them some of the Russian oligarchs living in exile in the West. Livinenko served as a colonel in a Russian Federal Security Services unit which investigated and carried out special operations against businessmen.

British police found traces of the radioactive Polonium 210 in Litvinenko’s urine.

The London media accuse Vladimir Putin of being behind the murder which they claim was politically-motivated.

See also :

Former Owner Says Litvinenko Death Linked to Yukos Dossier
MosNews
November 27, 2006
http://www.mosnews.com/news/2006/11/27/nev...itvinenko.shtml

Litvinenko Spoke of Recruiting Assassins
By David Stringer / The Associated Press
November 27, 2006
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2006/11/27/018.html

Timing Couldn't Be Worse for Putin
By Nabi Abdullaev and Maria Levitov
November 27, 2006
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2006/11/27/002.html

matt - November 27, 2006 06:10 PM (GMT)
over at BFN, Hocus Locus puts the interesting theory that Litvinenko was lined up for this outcome some time back...


from BFN
QUOTE (Hocus Locus)
Someone just 'retired' Litvinenko [today]
Someone doesn't like Putin. [1998-today]
Someone wants us to be afraid, generally.[today]
Someone wants us to be afraid, specifically of radiation. [today]
Someone "doesn't care" about collateral exposure at sushi bar and hotel. [today]
Someone likes to use allegations of 'anti-semitism' as a weapon.[in 1998, if they wrote the script]
Someone had a loose end to clean up. [done?]

This guy sounds like a real doofus, someone I wouldn't hire to assasinate a goldfish. I find it difficult to believe that in 1998, FSB would give him an assignment, then "threaten him" is he failed to carry it out? Then stand back while he goes and spills the beans on Russian TV?

No, if FSB had ordered Litvinenko to kill anybody and he was going to expose them like that, he would have been boom! gone, then.

HOWEVER, someone could have hired him in 1998 to go public with an (untrue) strory of a (never happened) order to kill a prominent Russian Jew (who was never in danger). The formula anti-semite comment is sweet, someone in the FSB is (falsely) quoted as saying that refusal to carry out the order would [be] "preventing patriots from the motherland from killing a Jew who robbed half his country"

Who writes this stuff?
Whose loose end was this?

Mossad?

EDIT: or someone trying to implicate them ( but isn't that Always The Case ) , someone who would have had a motive to do so in 1998. The "patriots from the motherland" quote (obviously literal trans from Russian) sounds a bit campy, but in the USSR they do use direct emotional fervor when debating politics, sort of a Nation of Alex Joneses.

Still the question: if there is a 'who' behind the 'rise of anti-semitism in Russia today' then who for what purpose? I am a firm believer in the precept that unless something political or economic has been demonstrably seething, or someone with an agenda is weilding the blunt club of hate, people usually pick other than race/origin issues to get excited about. Because I neither believe in 'original sin' nor 'original hate'.


QUOTE

1-Jul-1999 Moscow Times Editorial
EDITORIAL: Leave Voting To Citizens, Not Chekists

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin addressed a meeting of the
Federal Security Service. His message: FSB agents have a crucial role to play
this winter in keeping undesirable elements from being elected to the
parliament.

We would disagree with the prime minister's assertion entirely. Let the
voters decide who should be in the parliament.

It's hard to imagine a situation in any democracy where the security services
should be encouraged to place their own political judgments above those of
the electorate. But it's even harder when that security service is the
not-so-reformed former KGB. This is the same organization that in April
offered parliament its cheeky and unsolicited opinion that the Duma's drive
to impeach President Boris Yeltsin was illegal.

Stepashin told his Chekists that "criminals" are about to slip into the Duma
through the December elections and called for vigilance. Now, again, this is
the same FSB that earlier this year was torn between two camps -- each of them
accusing the other of running organized crime rings within the agency.
Alexander Litvinenko and two other former FSB agents told a national
television audience they had been instructed by superiors to assassinate
Russia's best-known political intriguer, tycoon Boris Berezovsky. Amid
giggles and criminal slang, the three also bragged of their own exploits,
which included kidnapping, torture and killings.

So no matter how one parses this, it seems that the FSB is having a problem
keeping contract killers out of its ranks. How is it going to keep more
run-of-the-mill criminals out of the entire national political scene?


For that matter, why should we trust Stepashin when he publicly wrings his
hands about organized crime creeping into politics? Isn't this the same
Stepashin who, as interior minister, airily announced he would ignore an
arrest order for Berezovsky issued by the prosecutor general? We are not
making a commentary here on Berezovsky, only on Stepashin's sense of duty --
here was the nation's No. 1 police officer, defiantly brushing aside orders
from the prosecutor. Berezovsky will come in his own good time and "explain
matters," was how Stepashin put it. (After this performance - to say nothing -
of Chechnya - how could self-described "democrats" applaud Stepashin as prime
minister?)

Stepashin has been vague about how FSB vigilance might translate into action.
However, he has put forward one concrete task: to keep these elections
"clean" of kompromat, compromising materials. But what is kompromat - except
evidence of criminal wrongdoing on the part of government officials that
finds its way into the news media? And what can the FSB do to stop this,
except muzzle the media?



QUOTE

The Independent 18 November 1998
Russian spies 'running protection rackets' By Phil Reeves in Moscow

RUSSIA'S SECRET service, successor to the KGB, is being used to carry out assassinations, seize hostages and extort money from big business, agents have claimed.

In an extraordinary public appearance, Federal Security Bureau (FSB) officers said the agency was being used "to settle accounts with undesirable persons, to carry out private political and criminal orders for a fee, and sometimes simply as an instrument to earn money". The men, several wearing reflective sunglasses and one clad in a black balaclava, unveiled their allegations at a press conference in Moscow, plunging the agency into one of its more serious, and mysterious, post-Soviet scandals.

"Our aim is to draw public attention to the deviations in the work of the Federal Security Bureau that are exceedingly dangerous for society and which have become features of its activities," they said in a statement. "We do not want the shadow of the criminal actions of a number of officials to be cast on the service and its honest officers." The statement was signed by two colonels, two majors and a senior lieutenant.

Security officers publicly attacking their bosses is unheard-of in post-Soviet Russia, and immediately dominated television news headlines, casting a shadow over the meeting in Moscow between President Boris Yeltsin and the German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroder.

In recent years, reports have regularly linked organised crime and the FSB, which has suffered from low morale, poor pay and a brain drain, following the break-up of the far larger KGB. Thousands of ex-KGB agents have taken paid jobs in the shady world of Russian business and banking.

Some media reports have linked FSB elements with contract killings, bombings and hostage-taking. But this is the first time that officers, apparently from the heart of the security system, have so openly spelt out allegations of top level corruption.

They acknowledged that they risked reprisals. "We were told, 'we will first boot you out of the service and then stifle you like pups'," said Lt-Col Alexander Litvinenko.

The most dramatic revelation has been the men's claim that a senior FSB officer ordered the colonel to kill Boris Berezovsky, one of Russia's top business and media magnates, who played a leading role in releasing two British hostages in September. Lt-Col Litvinenko, Mr Berezovsky's former bodyguard, claimed he did not carry out the order, which he received last December, because he regarded it as illegal.

The colonel said as a result he was assaulted, received death threats and was threatened with prosecution. In May, media reports accused him and his colleagues of being involved in murders, assaults, torture and extortion.

Lt-Col Litvinenko claimed one FSB officer also accused him of "preventing patriots from the motherland from killing a Jew who robbed half his country". Mr Berezovsky has Jewish roots, an issue that has acquired significance because of the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Russia.


Another officer, Major Andrei Ponkin, yesterday claimed that in late 1977 the FSB leadership planned to kidnap the brother of a prominent Moscow businessman, Umar Dzhebrailov, Hussein, then take him to a country house. "In case of resistance ... we were ordered to kill the policemen who guarded him and then kill him, as one of the options," he said. The order was never carried out.

The agents argue that these were not isolated incidents. "The order to assassinate ... Berezovsky, unfortunately, is not an exceptional event in the present life of the FSB," said their statement. The director of the Federal Security Bureau, Vladimir Putin, has confirmed that Russia's chief military prosecutor's office is investigating the Berezovsky case. But he has also threatened to sue accusers if their claims prove groundless.

The officers have stressed the director is not their target and the agency's problems began under his predecessor, General Nikolai Kovalyov. claims prove groundless. The officers have stressed the director is not their target and the agency's problems began under his predecessor, General Nikolai Kovalyov.

Bridget - November 27, 2006 06:47 PM (GMT)
My instincts tell me that this story, using a high-profile Russian, works on another level, we now have 'death from radioactive poisoning' as a 'reality' in the public consciousness. No weapons system is needed, just 'sprinkle?' this stuff around and masses can be killed.

Next stop Al Q'Aida have quantiities of Polonium 210, brought on the black market in Russia or something similar.


The Antagonist - November 27, 2006 11:34 PM (GMT)
And it also rather unsubtly alludes to the spectre of the Red Menace from Cold War days. Air terror plots in aeroplane toilets with impossible chemistry conducted by brown guys with beards obviously isn't working very well so the time has come to conjure up demons past.

Meanwhile....

user posted image
For nearly 4 years these men have orchestrated
the slaughter of almost 1,000,000 Iraqi civilians,
while legislating away liberty.

Yet this man is the terrorist who kills innocent
lives and wants to take away our freedoms.
user posted image

I'm sure there's a moral in there somewhere.

numeral - November 29, 2006 08:30 PM (GMT)
QUOTE
Moscow strikes back at Berezovsky
Wednesday, November 29th, 2006
Tony Halpin in Moscow, Richard Beeston and Daniel McGrory

The Kremlin mounted a concerted campaign yesterday to point the finger of suspicion at the billionaire businessman Boris Berezovsky over the death of his friend, Alexander Litvinenko, after traces of radioactive polonium-210 were found at the London offices of the exiled Russian oligarch.
Senior figures in the Russian establishment lined up to implicate Mr Berezovsky, who employed and funded the former KGB spy.

The billionaire, who has been granted asylum in Britain, last night issued a statement mourning Mr Litvinenko’s death and saying that he had “complete faith” that Scotland Yard would conduct a “thorough and professional investigation”.

Detectives are understood to want to question Mr Berezovsky in further detail about the events of November 1, the day that Mr Litvinenko fell ill.

Mr Berezovsky has declined to explain publicly why Mr Litvinenko, who was recently given British citizenship, visited his headquarters in Mayfair that day.

The billionaire has accused President Putin’s regime of being behind the murder.

In his first comment on the Litvinenko affair Tony Blair yesterday insisted that no “diplomatic or political barrier” would be permitted to obstruct the police inquiry, even if the evidence pointed to a statesponsored killing.

The Prime Minister, who was on a brief stopover in Copenhagen on his way to the Nato summit in Riga, said that Mr Litvinenko’s death was being treated as a “very, very serious matter”.

He added: “We are determined to find out what happened and who is responsible.”

The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office declared that it was ready to assist the British police. A spokesman said that British detectives would be welcome to come to Moscow and would receive the Government’s full co-operation.

Mr Blair has been kept informed of developments in the inquiry, but he is not scheduled to meet President Putin in Riga. So far the Prime Minister has not spoken to Mr Putin about the case, but will do so when the time is “appropriate”.

Mr Putin has strenuously denied that the Russian authorities had anything to do with Mr Litvinenko’s death.

Police have questioned Mario Scaramella, an Italian nuclear expert who met Mr Litvinenko at a sushi bar in Piccadilly, where evidence of the radioactive poison was found. So far polonium-210 has been found at seven locations across London.

At one of those sites — 25 Grosvenor Street, the offices of Erinys, an international security company — a spokesman said that Mr Litvinenko did not work for them but had been visiting a friend there.

As Kremlin sources made their claims against Mr Berezovsky, a number of prominent politicians in Moscow named him publicly as a key figure in the affair.

Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Duma’s foreign affairs committee, said that Mr Litvinenko was linked with “certain oligarchs, including Mr Berezovsky, who in recent years have been deprived of the chance to buy corrupt power with stolen money, and apparently cannot accept this”.

In the past Russia has tried to extradite him on financial charges but the request was refused by Britain after Mr Berezovsky argued that the charge was politically motivated.

Valery Dyatlenko, a deputy head of the security committee in the Duma, Russia’s lower house, told state television: “The death of Litvinenko — for Russia, for the security services — means nothing . . . I think this is another game of some kind by Berezovsky.”

Toxicologists tested for the presence of polonium-210 at more locations in Central London that had been visited by Mr Litvinenko on the day he fell ill.

Eight people have been sent for further tests at a specialist clinic by the Health Protection Agency to check for contamination. The agency has received more than 1,100 calls from members of the public worried that they might have been exposed to radiation, but officials insisted that there was little likelihood of any risk.

As the scale of the scare grew, John Reid, the Home Secretary, issued another statement that the risk to the public was minimal.

Special precautions will be in place for a Home Office pathologist to carry out a postmortem examination as well as a “special examination” of Mr Litvinenko’s body on Friday.

Andrew Reid, the Inner North London Coroner, said that the examination was necessary to fully investigate the cause of death.

matt - November 29, 2006 08:48 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (numeral @ Nov 29 2006, 08:30 PM)
In his first comment on the Litvinenko affair Tony Blair yesterday insisted that no “diplomatic or political barrier” would be permitted to obstruct the police inquiry, even if the evidence pointed to a statesponsored killing.

what a twisty turny fellow he is, the good $enator bl£ir...imagine him saying this...go on, try...

QUOTE (not tony blair)
In his comment on the London Bombings affair Tony Blair yesterday insisted that no “diplomatic or political barrier” would be permitted to obstruct the police inquiry, even if the evidence pointed to a statesponsored operation.

freedomfiles - November 30, 2006 12:01 PM (GMT)
Some article by Western journalists in Moscow, who argue that the media in the UK is too quick to draw conclusions regarding the background of the poisoning in Litvinenko, making some rather good points, such as the question why Putin would order this murder, assuming he would be responsible, on the eve of the Russia/EU summit :

QUOTE
The British public is being taken for a ride
Julian Evans, Moscow
http://www.eurasianhome.org/xml/t/opinion....opinion&pid=574

Don't rush to judgment: In our desire to fulfil a James Bond fantasy, we have too hastily pointed the finger at the Kremlin
Tom Parfitt, Moscow
http://www.guardian.co.uk/russia/article/0,,1957705,00.html


The announcement that Putin would be responsible for this assassination came during the summit on November 24th :

QUOTE
Nov. 24 - Litvinenko Statement
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/11/30/...py_Timeline.php

Statement dictated by Litvinenko is released blaming Russian leader Vladimir Putin for his death; Putin's government denies involvement.

Nov. 24 - EU / Russia Summit in Helsinki
http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction...&guiLanguage=en

Commission President José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Council and Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen, Javier Solana High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union, will meet Russian President Putin for the EU-Russia Summit in Helsinki on 24 November 2006.

Russia's Mysterious Deaths are Europe's "Problem," EU-Chief Barroso Says
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=206...DE&refer=europe


Also traces of Polonium-210 have been found on British Airways planes, while Russia announces increased radiation checks at it's borders (wasn't that an objective of the EU, related to the fear that Al Qaeda would obtain nuclear materials in the former Soviet states to make ''dirty bombs'' ?) :

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Radiation On BA Planes
Updated: 23:39, Wednesday November 29, 2006
http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-1242482,00.html

Russian transport authorities announce increased radiation checks
The Associated PressPublished: November 30, 2006
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/11/30/...oisoned_Spy.php

freedomfiles - November 30, 2006 12:04 PM (GMT)
QUOTE
Next stop Al Q'Aida have quantiities of Polonium 210, brought on the black market in Russia or something similar.


Polonium-210 can be ordered online from a company called United Nuclear, which happens to be owned by Bob Lazar, a famous "whistleblower" in the Area 51 controversy.

matt - November 30, 2006 12:11 PM (GMT)
Lazar is 1000% cia - he wants you to think that 51 is rammed full of 'alien technology' he reverse engineered, it's lies, it's all earth engineered from beginning to end

the poisoning is, i believe intended to make sure everyone is now aware of all the hits, just incase they had not noticed it yet, and is certainly designed to be 'too obviously' - and therefore not at Putin's command

and as mentioned already by many, a nice little 'nuke danger' refresher just to keep the stress levels where we will jump when they want

Bridget - November 30, 2006 12:37 PM (GMT)
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A SPECIAL NOTICE ABOUT POLONIUM-210

With the recent news of Polonium-210 being used as a poison, so much incorrect information has been passed around about the material that it's important to get the facts correct. The general public is quite ignorant when it comes to knowledge about radioactive materials and radiation in general.

The amount of Plonium-210, and all the isotopes we sell is an 'exempt quantity' amount. These quantities of radioactive material are not hazardous - this is why they are permitted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to be sold to the general public without any sort of license.
Although we do sell these isotopes, we do not actually stock them. All isotopes are made to order at an NRC licensed reactor in Oak Ridge Tennessee. When the isotope is made, it is shipped directly to the customer from the reactor to insure the longest possible half-life.

The exempt quantity amount of Polonium-210, or any of the radioactive isotopes sold by us or any scientific equipment supplier, is so small, it's essentially invisible to the human eye.  In the case of needle sources, the radioactive material is electroplated on the inside of the eye of a needle.

You would need about 15,000 of our Polonium-210 needle sources
at a total cost of about $1 million - to have a toxic amount.

In comparison, Amercium-241 is a similar toxic Alpha radiation emitter and instead of a half life of 138 days like Polonium-210 has, it has a half life of over 450 years.
It is far more toxic - and there is 10 times more than the 'exempt quantity' amount in every smoke detector in your home.

If you really wanted tom poison someone, you would of course have to come up with a way to remove the invisible amount of material from the exempt sources - which is just about physically impossible and combine them together. Of course you would also need that 15,000 exempt sources.
In addition, there are dozens of other far more toxic materials, like Ricin and Abrin, which can easily be made using common plant material, and are also undetectable as a poison and untraceable.
Although it obviously works, Polonium-210 is a poor choice for a poison...
not to mention an order for 15,000 sources would look a little suspicious, considering we sell about 1 or 2 sources every 3 months.


Make sure you are truly knowledgeable about a subject before you start
repeating and spreading potentially incorrect information related to it.

The Antagonist - November 30, 2006 12:43 PM (GMT)
I think the clue in that Polonium blurb is the very last line, the one that wasn't in bold, especially in Litvinenko's case:
QUOTE
Make sure you are truly knowledgeable about a subject before you start repeating and spreading potentially incorrect information related to it.

Dave52 - November 30, 2006 12:47 PM (GMT)
I think it's only a matter of time before John Reid makes a speech about an Arab polonium 210 dirty bomb plot. This is being ramped up far too much...

BA in radiation scare

freedomfiles - November 30, 2006 03:37 PM (GMT)
QUOTE
Lazar is 1000% cia - he wants you to think that 51 is rammed full of 'alien technology' he reverse engineered, it's lies, it's all earth engineered from beginning to end.


I have no doubt that you are correct, imho his stories were just a diversion to distract attention from military research projects at Nellis AFB. But let's not make this into an area 51 topic ;)

matt - November 30, 2006 03:47 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (freedomfiles @ Nov 30 2006, 03:37 PM)
let's not make this into an area 51 topic ;)

no, let's not B)

thing with Polonium210 is you need to ingest it - so where are they going with this ? 'dirty bigmac' attack ?

or is its value purely in reminding us that 'nukes are bad' ? (unless it's nuclear power of course)

freedomfiles - December 2, 2006 10:22 AM (GMT)
The News of the World claims to have identified a mysterious Judo Master and FSB agent "Igor" behind the assassination :

QUOTE
IGOR THE POISONER
Exclusive by James Weatherup
http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/story_pages/news/news1.shtml

THE ruthless assassin at the centre of the Litvinenko poison murder is a highly-trained veteran of Russia's deadly Spetsnaz special forces.

The News of the World knows the killer's full identity but for legal reasons we are just using his middle name Igor.

The 46-year-old expert in covert operations was dramatically fingered in a bombshell document passed to former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko at London's Itsu sushi bar before he was slipped lethal radioactive polonium-210.

The three-page dossier was handed to Scotland Yard by the victim and is now being analysed by the anti-terrorist branch. The News of the World has obtained a copy and can reveal it contains a chilling hitlist with Litvinenko, 43, as a prime target.

Litvinenko's Spetsnaz Poisoner Named
Politics: 2 December 2006, Saturday.
http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=73482

A rare poison, a man named Igor - and a dead spy
http://northbay.pressdemocrat.com/apps/pbc...346/1033/NEWS01

The Daily Mail started to lose me when it also reported that British authorities suspect Litvinenko's killer might be a "ruthless assassin" - former KGB, of course - named Igor, who is a judo master (like Putin), walks with a limp (unlike Putin), and is thought to have fled to Italy (watch your back, Scaramella).

The whole thing is so over-the-top that you almost expect Dr. Evil from the "Austin Powers" movies to make an appearance. It's easy to lose sight of the fact that all these cloak-and-dagger characters really exist (although I have my doubts about Igor) and that a man who spoke out against Vladimir Putin's ongoing consolidation of power really did succumb to a rare, exotic poison.

I should point out that British authorities haven't entirely discarded the possibility that, for some reason, Litvinenko poisoned himself.

Spies, former spies, counterspies, a mysterious character named Scaramella. ... The authorities need to find out quickly just what happened to Litvinenko and banish all this throwback, Cold War-style conspiracy and intrigue to its proper venue: the pages of a thrilling but unconvincing novel.


In the meantime, the British police is investigating several FSB-linked persons who came to the UK early November for a couple of days and met with Litvenenko around the time he was poisoned :

QUOTE
Trail Narrows to "Rogue Elements" in Moscow
December 1, 2006
http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,451967,00.html

In a separate branch of the investigation, British police are focusing their current efforts on a group of five or more Russians who entered the UK via London Heathrow Airport, ostensibly to attend a Nov. 1 soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. The group flew back to Moscow together on Nov. 3. Police are comparing their movements with those of the late Litvinenko in the hopes of finding the key to the murder mystery.

Among the group was Andrei Lugovoi, a former KGB colleague of Litvinenko's who flew from Moscow to London with his family and some friends on Oct. 31. The next day, he and another man, Dmitri Kovtun, met with Litvinenko at the Millenium Hotel on the day he fell ill. Kovtun entered the country on a Nov. 1 flight from Hamburg and is also part of the group currently under investigation.

Former Spy, Rights Campaigner Says Russia Death Squad Planned Litvinenko’s Killing
December 1, 2006
http://www.mosnews.com/news/2006/12/01/trepashkin.shtml

A former Russian security service officer said in a letter from prison released Friday that he had warned former spy Alexander Litvinenko years ago that the KGB’s main successor agency had formed a death squadron to kill him and other Kremlin foes, The Associated Press reports.


A nice page with resources on this assassination :

QUOTE
Alexander Litvinenko: Resources
Center for Counterintelligence and Security Studies
http://cicentre.com/Documents/litvinenko.html

cmain - December 2, 2006 09:58 PM (GMT)
Mainstream media is now commenting on Litvinenko's conversion to Islam:
QUOTE

Spy's contact and wife also poisoned

By Duncan Gardham and John Steele
Last Updated: 1:47am GMT 02/12/2006

A new radiation alert was issued last night after it emerged that a second man on the hit-list handed to the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko has been poisoned.

Tests have also shown that Mr Litvinenko's wife, Marina, has been exposed to radiation, although John Reid, the Home Secretary, said last night that there was "no reason for concern in the short term".

Mario Scaramella, an Italian investigator who had lunch in a sushi bar with Mr Litvinenko and flew back to Britain to help police on Tuesday, has been found with a "significant amount" of the same radioactive element in his body.

The Health Protection Agency said Mr Scaramella, whom it did not officially name, had received quantities of polonium 210 "likely to be of concern for [his] immediate health".

He is being treated at University College Hospital in central London where Mr Litvinenko died on Thursday last week.

A post-mortem examination was carried out yesterday on Mr Litvinenko's body but the results are not expected for several days.

The Daily Telegraph has been told that Mr Litvinenko had converted to Islam.

Akhmed Zakayev, the leading Chechen dissident who lived next door to Mr Litvinenko, said: "He was read to from the Koran the day before he died and had told his wife and family that he wanted to be buried in accordance with Muslim tradition."


Yesterday the Government's Cobra emergency planning committee met to discuss the latest developments. A Cabinet Office spokesman said: "Clearly there is another trail — literally — that the police have now to work out and for the agencies to examine. We will be looking for information about where he's been and what he's been doing."

The Italian authorities were also alerted to the dangers. "They may now need to take steps," the spokesman said. "For example, they have the same predicament about airlines that we faced."

So far 2,655 people have contacted NHS Direct fearing that they may have been in contact with the substance, with 356 asked to provide a urine sample for analysis. This figure could rise as police pinpoint Mr Scaramella's movements in Britain.

Last night the Ashdown Park Hotel in East Sussex, where Mr Scaramella had been staying since his return to this country, was being checked for signs of radiation.

Mr Litvinenko's home in north London, to which he returned after his meetings on Nov 1 and before he was taken ill that evening, has already shown signs of radiation.

Scientists at Aldermaston have been able to identify the polonium 210 as manmade and it is believed they have identified a Russian reactor as the probable source.

Health experts say Mr Scaramella probably ingested the radioactive isotope at the same time as Litvinenko, although he received a smaller dose.

Mr Scaramella met Mr Litvinenko at the Itsu sushi restaurant in Piccadilly for lunch on Nov 1. During the half-hour meeting Mr Scaramella handed him a list that named both men, as well as the exiled billionaire Boris Berezovsky and the Italian senator Paolo Guzzanti, who had led the Mitrokhin Commission investigation into the KGB's activities in Italy.

A friend of Mr Berezovsky said last night: "He can't believe what is happening. He has had a test but has not had the results yet. He is not showing any symptoms."

Police believe that Mr Litvinenko went on to meet three Russians, one a former KGB agent, at the Pine Bar in the Millennium Hotel in Grosvenor Square, where traces of radiation have also been found.

It is believed that he also visited a private security firm on Grosvenor Street and an investment company linked to the giant Russian oil firm Yukos, which has offices opposite. Police have also found traces of polonium 210 at rooms on the eighth floor of the Sheraton hotel in Park Lane.

They believe the substance was brought into the country on a British Airways flight from Moscow on Oct 25, but other flights have also shown signs of contamination.

Bridget - December 3, 2006 01:40 PM (GMT)
user posted image
Celebrating citizenship
Alexander Litvinenko stands in front of the Union flag with a Scottish bonnet, Chechen swords and KGB gauntlets on the day he became British - just before he was poisoned

QUOTE
Mark Townsend, Jamie Doward, Tom Parfitt in Moscow and Barbara McMahon in Rome
Sunday December 3, 2006

Observer
The FBI has been dragged into the investigation of Alexander Litvinenko's death after details emerged that he had planned to make tens of thousands of pounds blackmailing senior Russian spies and business figures.

The Observer has obtained remarkable testimony from a Russian academic, Julia Svetlichnaja, who met Litvinenko earlier this year and received more than 100 emails from him. In a series of interviews, she reveals that the former Russian secret agent had documents from the FSB, the Russian agency formerly known as the KGB. He had asked Svetlichnaja, who is based in London, to enter into a business deal with him and 'make money'.

Litvinenko also handed a series of pictures of himself to Svetlichnaja that are published by The Observer today. One shows him with murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, another serving as an army officer in an elite Russian army unit two decades ago and the third draped in the Union flag celebrating getting his British passport just before he was poisoned.

We can also reveal that Scotland Yard officers involved in the investigation travelled to Washington to interview a former KGB agent, Yuri Shvets, who said he had vital information. He was a contact of Mario Scaramella, the Italian security consultant being treated at London's University College Hospital after having been found to have been contaminated with polonium. His doctors said yesterday that he did not appear to be suffering from radiation poisoning.

'I believe I have a lead that can explain what happened,' Shvets confirmed last week before he was interviewed as a witness in the presence of FBI agents. Shvets, who lives in Virginia and is now apparently in hiding, declined to elaborate. However, a business associate of Shvets, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Observer that Litvinenko had claimed in the weeks before his death that he possessed a dossier containing damaging revelations about the Kremlin and its relationship with the Yukos oil company. The associate claimed that Shvets compiled the dossier.

Yukos was once owned by the oligarch Mikhail Khordorkovsky, who is serving seven years in a Russian jail for tax evasion. His supporters say he was convicted as a result of a show trial orchestrated by the Kremlin.

The claims that Litvinenko had a dossier containing damaging information about the Kremlin echo separate claims he made to Svetlichnaja, who interviewed the former KGB agent earlier this year for a book she is writing about Chechnya.

In today's Observer, Svetlichnaja, a politics student at the University of Westminster, says Litvinenko claimed he had access to Russian intelligence documents containing information on individuals and companies that had fallen foul of the Kremlin.

'He told me he was going to blackmail or sell sensitive information about all kinds of powerful people, including oligarchs, corrupt officials and sources in the Kremlin,' she said. 'He mentioned a figure of £10,000 that they would pay each time to stop him broadcasting these FSB documents. Litvinenko was short of money and was adamant that he could obtain any files he wanted.'

Litvinenko's access to such documents could have made him an enemy of both big business interests and the Kremlin. However, his claims are almost impossible to verify and some political analysts have gone as far as to dismiss him as a fantasist.

Shvets, 53, emerges as yet another character in an espionage saga linking Britain, Italy, the US and Russia. Like Litvinenko, Shvets worked for the Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky, whom the Kremlin has tried unsuccessfully to extradite from Britain. Shvets was a KGB major between 1980 and 1990, during which time he worked undercover in Washington as a correspondent for the Russian news agency, Tass. He emigrated to the US in 1993 and wrote a book about his experiences.

Shvets met Scaramella in Washington last year to discuss the Italian's role as a consultant to the Mitrokhin commission, set up by the Italian government to investigate Russian infiltration during the Cold War. It has been alleged that Scaramella discussed with the commission's chief, Paolo Guzzanti, whether they should look for evidence that Romano Prodi, Italy's Prime Minister, was linked to the KGB. Prodi denies any link.

Last night another link connecting the worlds of Italian politics and Russian intelligence emerged. Gerard Batten, an MEP for the UK Independence Party, confirmed Litvinenko had told him a man called 'Sokolov', who worked undercover as a Russian agent in the Seventies as a reporter for Tass, was the key link between senior Italian politicians and the KGB.

This week Scotland Yard will interview two Russians who met Litvinenko on the same day he had lunch with Scaramella. Andrei Lugovoy, a former agent with the FSB, and Dmitry Kovtun met Litvinenko in the Millennium Mayfair hotel. Traces of polonium have been found on the planes on which they are believed to have travelled between London and Moscow.

kathaksung - December 4, 2006 01:39 AM (GMT)
451. The death of former Russian spy (11/25/06)

Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko died in London on 11/23. He said Kremlin poisoned him. Litvinenko is a traitor of Russia. Russia has motive to kill him. That's the foundation Litvinenko's accusation based on. But I think in different way. The reason:

1. Government rarely do such high profile murder case. Politically it hurts more than being benefited. An unilateral murder like this one would cause serious diplomatic problem between two countries.

2. Such murder used to be done in cross secret deal between the secret police of the two countries.

3. Litvinenko defected in 1990's. There is little intelligence value left for him for the Western. He is a sacrifice in secret deal. Litvinenko and another defector - Lt. Benlenko had a common lot. There is a strong similarity in their poison case. Re: "The thing impressed me most was the pilot was poisoned when he was hidden in witness shelter. Belenko was still young but he was bald. The medical examination concluded that it was caused by slow poison of a kind of rare metal. ....Most likely he became a Quinea pig for intelligence in test of slow poison. When he was of no use but a burden for them. See "186. Slow poison (12/6/03)"" Litvinenko was poisoned by rare metal. He is hairless too.

5. I think he is part of a secret deal. The deal is to justify a dirty bomb, (or even a nuclear bomb). There was such a deal in October. (N. Korea nuclear test and later China arrested two N. Koreans for selling small amount of Uranium.) The deal failed after my revelation. Russia now replaces the role of N.Korea. Russia will play the role of the source of the radioactive material (or even a nuclear bomb).

6. The payment to Russia is WTO and the life of one defector.

Re: "US deal lets Russia join WTO
By Andrew E. Kramer and Edmund L. Andrews
New York Times November 11, 2006

Moscow - Officials in Washington and Moscow reached an agreement in principle for Russia to join the WTO. "

7. The purpose of the deal is to justify a radioactive bombing on Western so Bush can start another Mid-east war - bombing Iran's nuclear site.

8. Litvinenko's case is used to cover up the planned "nuclear terror bombing ". It told public in advance: see, we have a conflict. The bombing plot was not a collaborate work planned by us.

9. If Litvinenko was poisoned on 11/1 as he alleged , then after weeks of medical treatment, he should have got better. Poison used to excreted after several days. What Litvinenko encountered with seems to be a continuing poisoning. His situation suddenly worsened and died on 11/23.

10. Why choosing 11/23? Because it will bring the cover up function into play to its best. I think Feds planned the "nuclear terror attack" day on 11/24. It is the "Black Friday" when the Christmas shopping season starts. An attack on shopping mall will cause large casualty which will give the full justification for Bush to bomb Iran.

The Inside Group had tasted the sweet by attacking people in 911. With which they started war in Afghan and Iraq.
They want to use same tactic to start war in Iran. "October surprise" aimed at the audience of seven NFL football stadiums. "November surprise" (I call it December surprise in #450) aimed at the Christmas shopping customers on Black Friday.
The principle originates from a government plan done 40 years ago:"Casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of indignation." (Quote from Northwoods Operation)

freedomfiles - December 5, 2006 01:00 AM (GMT)
Some items from Youtube :

Litvinenko on Politkovskaya's murder
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T0JcfjwQLc

Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian KGB colonel, speaking at Frontline shortly before he was poisoned in a London restaurant.

Scaramella Contaminated With Polonium
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZUdNbVgX6Q

Mario Scaramella, the Italian academic who met Alexander Litvinenko at a sushi bar in London, has tested positive for the radioactive poison thought to have killed the former Russian spy.

Former Russian PM Poisoned Says Aide
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdH-isoqE80

An aide to the former Russian Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar has said doctors believe his serious illness was caused by deliberate poisoning. Mr Gaidar is being treated in a hospital in Moscow after becoming ill on a trip to Ireland a week ago.

Putin I didn't mean to hurt you
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q646tDDpD_0

An accusatory video regarding Viktor Yushchenko, Alexander Litvinenko, and Anna Politkovskaya

Bridget - December 8, 2006 12:29 PM (GMT)
QUOTE
Hotel bar staff poisoned with polonium-210
Posted: 2006/12/08
user posted image
Photo: Jewish-Russian mafioso Berezovsky aka Platon Elenin using London as base for Russian coup, supported by US-British 'neo cons', Blair.

Business associate who met murdered ex-spy in London falls into coma; seven hotel workers have consumed polonium-210.

By Ian Cobain, Jeevan Vasagar and Ian Sample

Guardian - Concern that hundreds of members of the public may have been at risk of radioactive poisoning during the killing of Alexander Litvinenko were raised last night by the discovery that seven hotel workers have consumed polonium-210.

Health officials say they are anxious to test around 250 people who went into the bar of the London hotel where the Russian ex-spy is thought to have been exposed to a massive dose of the toxic isotope on November 1.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) also wants to track down and test hundreds more guests who drank in the Pine Bar of the Millennium Hotel on the days either side of the attack.

In another startling development yesterday, one of the three Russian businessmen who met Mr Litvinenko in the bar was reported to have fallen into a coma shortly after being questioned in the presence of British police officers.

The condition of Dmitri Kovtun, 41, was said to be critical, and Russian authorities were reported as saying that they suspected he too had suffered radioactive poisoning. Interfax news agency, quoting medical sources, said Mr Kovtun had suffered "damage to his vital organs, in particular his liver and kidneys, caused by radioactive nuclides". However, a lawyer close to the case later denied the report.

Fears that significant numbers of innocent bystanders may have been poisoned followed the return of urine tests yesterday which showed that all seven of the Pine Bar's staff had ingested the substance in sufficient quantities to slightly increase their risk of contracting cancer.

More test results disclosed by the HPA suggest that the polonium-210 may have been smuggled into the country as much as two weeks before Mr Litvinenko was poisoned. Traces of the material have also been found at the Parkes Hotel, where another businessman Andrei Lugovoi was a guest in mid-October - and where he also met Mr Litvinenko. The tests on the hotel, in Knightsbridge, were carried out last Monday but the HPA did not disclose the positive result until last night.

Meanwhile, Mr Litvinenko was buried in a carefully sealed coffin yesterday after prayers were said at Regent's Park mosque. He was said to have converted to Islam shortly before his death.

With one person who was in the Pine Bar on the afternoon of November 1 now dead, a second reported to be gravely ill, and seven more shown to be poisoned, detectives are convinced that this was the scene of the attack which was to claim Mr Litvinenko's life three weeks later.

Mr Kovtun said last week that he and Mr Lugovoi, a business associate, drank tea and gin in the Pine Bar, but that he could not recall whether Mr Litvinenko had a drink or not.

Scientists supporting the police said yesterday that the polonium could have been dissolved in liquid before it was slipped to Mr Litvinenko. HPA officials say bar staff could have inhaled it when it evaporated while Mr Litvinenko was being poisoned. This could mean that anyone in the vicinity also inhaled the substance.

Dr Michael Clark, science spokesman for the HPA, said: "If it was some sort of liquid, it could have been - as in James Bond - a little magic capsule."

The Yard has all but ruled out the Itsu restaurant, a few hundred metres away in Piccadilly, as the scene of the poisoning. Although one person who met Mr Litvinenko at the sushi bar is known to have ingested large amounts of polonium-210, the restaurant staff have been given the all-clear. That person, Mario Scaramella, is said to be showing no ill-effects and was discharged from hospital on Wednesday.

Scotland Yard detectives in Moscow will now be even more anxious to interview Mr Lugovoi, a KGB bodyguard-turned-businessman. He too was in hospital last night, although his lawyer indicated he was merely undergoing tests.

They will also want to question the so-called Third Man, Vyacheslav Sokolenko, a business associate of Mr Lugovoi, who was also at the Pine Bar. Mr Sokolenko was quoted last week as saying that when he met Mr Litvinenko he "shook hands out of politeness". Apparently backtracking yesterday, he was quoted as saying: "Actually I never met him."

There are thought to be a small number of other Russians who travelled to London around the time of the November 1 meeting who are of interest to police. Detectives are also known to be interested in a group, which included Mr Lugovoi, which flew to London on British Airways flight BA875 a week earlier and stayed at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel. Tests have shown that the aircraft and five rooms at the hotel have been contaminated.

It emerged last night that some 250 of the Millennium Hotel's guests, who contacted NHS Direct following an appeal by the HPA more than a week ago, were not tested because the focus of the police inquiry was on the sushi bar, whose staff and customers were thought to have been at greater risk. The HPA is now contacting each of them to arrange urine tests.

The news was broken to the seven bar staff from the Millennium yesterday after tests showed their bodies contained levels of polonium-210 approaching the dose found in Mr Litvinenko's widow, Marina, last week. Staff working elsewhere in the hotel are unaffected.

Pat Troop, chief executive of the HPA, said: "All of them are very low, some are lower than others. It doesn't affect them having children. There could be a very small increase, long-term risk of cancer. I appreciate that it is quite hard for them to take in."

Mark Little, a radiation expert at Imperial College London said: "This amount of radiation would mean tiny amounts of polonium were involved and the increase in long-term cancer risk is going to be very small."

The hotel was open for business last night, though the Pine Bar had been closed. A hotel spokesman said: "The health and wellbeing of all our employees and guests is of paramount importance to us. We continue to work closely with the HPA."

Bridget - December 10, 2006 10:39 AM (GMT)
You could write the script:
QUOTE
Police to get ‘dirty bomb hoods’ in terror alert
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 leave an affected area without breathing in any toxic particles.

The urgency that is being placed on the purchase of the hoods reflects the level of concern over the likelihood of a “dirty bomb” attack, where radioactive material, packed around a conventional explosive, is detonated and spreads radiation over a wide area.

The threat has been highlighted by the use of radioactive polonium-210 to kill Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian defector.

A spokesman for the Home Office said: “These hoods are not intended for people who need to go and deal with an incident, they are for officers who are going about their normal duties and may find themselves caught up in a CBRN situation that they and others need to escape.”

An ACPO spokesman said: “All UK police forces have been made aware of the availability of escape hoods. They have been advised by ACPO that individual forces should consider acquiring sufficient hoods to equip all patrolling officers at times of heightened threat.”

The hoods, which cost £95, can be folded into a holster the size of a hip flask. They were developed by Avon Protection in collaboration with the police’s national CBRN centre in Winterbourne Gunner, Wiltshire, and have been available since October.

Avon confirmed it had sold about 1,000 hoods to the police but the company has not yet received any bulk purchases because of an apparent dispute over funding.

Chris Feltham, an Avon spokesman, said: “The Home Office, as far as I am aware, has told the constabularies that they will have to fund their own rather than through central procurement. Whether that happens is not something we have control over.”

The issue of who will pay for the hoods could become a contentious one. The Police Federation is understood to be making representations to the Home Office to ask for government funding to pay for the hoods.

The current “threat level” of a terrorist strike in Britain is judged by MI5 and the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre to be “severe”, meaning that an attack is highly likely.

To cope with a “dirty bomb” attack other emergency measures include 360 mobile decontamination units for use around the country by ambulances and accident and emergency departments. More than 7,000 protection suits have been provided for key health workers and a total of 4,400 high performance gas-tight suits for firefighters have also been procured.

The CBRN centre has also trained 7,000 police officers in how to deal with “dirty bomb” attacks. In the event of an incident in London main roads would be turned into “escape expressways” taking outbound traffic only to evacuate the city.

Contaminated rubble would be shipped out along the Thames to landfill sites in Essex.


kathaksung - December 13, 2006 11:18 PM (GMT)
454. All fool's event (12/10/06)

There is an All Fool's Day. This poison case becomes an all fool's event. The news reported the dead former Russian spy alleged Putin was behind the poison case. It is a very high level case. One thing for sure is this is a murder case. Another thing is the poison was Po-210.

If someone plans to murder, the priority is to make it a covert one. Al least the murderer would try to leave no clue to draw a detection. For intelligence, they have many high tech killing methods, make a death look like a natural death. If they chose to poison, there are still many choices. The poison they use will be hard to identify.

See what poison they used in Litvinenko's case. A rare metal, a radioactive isotope - Polonium-210. Since Po-210 is a high-restricted material, the way to access this material is very limited. Generally, a murderer will avoid to use such kind of material as poison because it's easy to be tracked from its origin.

Po-210 is a hard to handle material. It is radioactive. It needs special treatment in transfer. Otherwise not only the carrier will be hurt, the environment also will be polluted. Why chose a hard to control poison? The murderer has to worry about his own safety while he carry such kind of material.

Po-210 is a radioactive material and is easy to be detected. Murderer should chose more covert poison than an isotope. Isotope is itself used as tracer in scientific research. With instrument, even a tiny amount of isotope could be traced. Why chose an easy to be detected poison?

The poison case is a big joke from the beginning. Litvinenko was said poisoned on 11/1. He died on 11/23. It was 23 days when he was sick. Hospital didn't know what caused his death.
The news of 11/24 reported it as: "strange, rapid decline", "mystery remains". As an outsider, when I saw the picture of a hairless Litvinenko, I knew it's a symptom of heavy metal poison. (Polonium is a heavy metal, but it's rare. In medical, most referred is lead poison. ) That should be common sense of the doctor. How could they fail to find it? Radiation also causes hairless. Doctor should know it.

The media keeps reporting the poisoned case and almost have new discovery everyday. They found it on airplanes flying between Moscow and London; in shushi bar, in U.K.'s embassy in Moscow, now even in German. If the route develops to Teheran, Iran, I will not be surprised. Because that is the target this event created for.

But will a perpetrator, try to carry out a murder case with a hard to get material, hard to handle isotope, easy to be tracked poison in his case? Is he an idiot, or a fool?

No, he is not. It's a rogue group which framed a poisoned case to justify a dirty bomb attack, aimed to have another war in Iran. It treats the public all like fools.

Remember this: In Rove's October surprise, N. Korea had a nuclear test. China arrested several N.Koreas for selling Uranian. All to justify the source of dirty bomb attack. I think it went soured after my revelation.
Then in November surprise, Litvinenko was died on Polonium from Russia.
Uranium and Polonium are radioactive material. They were used in these cases to justify the source of dirty bomb attack. When it was revealed too, which will be the next? Maybe US itself? One thing is certain, the Inside group won't stop here.

New war is ahead.


freedomfiles - December 16, 2006 09:25 PM (GMT)
Walter Litvinenko: 'Putin murdered my son'
Father says dissident's death was 'a calculated act of intimidation'
By Andy McSmith
Published: 16 December 2006
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/article2079347.ece

freedomfiles - December 23, 2006 10:03 AM (GMT)
QUOTE
Channel 4 commissions Russian spy drama
Friday, December 8 2006, 11:37 GMT
By Matt Houghton
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds40502.html

Channel 4 has commissioned a television drama about the poisoning of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

The programme is to be written and directed by Peter Kosminsky, who won two Baftas for The Government Inspector, his film about the death of scientist Dr. David Kelly.

A representative of Channel 4 said that Kosminsky had the "unique experience needed" to make the drama.

Liza Marshall, commissioning editor of Channel 4 drama, said of the project: "The extraordinary circumstances surrounding the death of Alexander Litvinenko are unprecedented in the UK and a focus of political and public attention."

Litvinenko died of radiation poisoning on November 23. The police have confirmed that they are treating it as murder.

matt - December 23, 2006 10:48 AM (GMT)
'lest we forget', eh ch4 ? what next ? Litvinenko's last recorded speech ringtones ?

placidbro - December 23, 2006 11:34 AM (GMT)
OPED by myself

The thing that says it all, the missing piece from most commentators.
From Here.

"If you keep polonium in a tightly shut vial, you can transport it without contamination and don't leave any dirty trail," he said, adding it was too obvious to be credible.

"Either these killers were rank amateurs, or, and I think this is also plausible, a trail has been deliberately created to cast suspicion in a certain direction," Pflugbeil said.

"What is remarkable here is the way it was done," he said, "Secret agents are normally trained to kill without leaving any evidence. But in this case, it's not just a trail. They have practically bulldozed a superhighway all the way to Moscow. They wanted to make a spectacle of it."

numeral - December 24, 2006 04:53 PM (GMT)
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Italy Makes Arrest in Spy Case
Police Arrest Italian Security Expert Who Met Former Russian Spy Who Was Poisoned

ROME Dec 24, 2006 (AP)— An Italian who met with an ex-KGB agent the day the Russian fell ill from radiation poisoning was arrested on Sunday, the man's father said.

Mario Scaramella was arrested in Naples after returning from London. Rome prosecutors have accused the Italian of arms trafficking and slander, said his father, Amedeo Scaramella.

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Mario Scaramella is seen in this 2006 file photo taken in Naples, Italy. Italian Police on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006 arrested Scaramella, who met with a former Russian spy the day the Russian fell ill from poisoning. Mario Scaramella was arrested in Naples after returning from London. Rome prosecutors have been investigating Scaramella for violating secrets and possible arms trafficking. Scaramella met with Alexander Litvinenko at a London sushi bar on Nov. 1, the day the former KGB agent fell ill. Litvinenko died of poisoning from radioactive polonium-210 on Nov. 23.

amirrortotheenemy - December 24, 2006 10:24 PM (GMT)
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Italian who met Litvinenko arrested
The Press Association Sunday December 24, 08:23 PM

Italian who met Litvinenko arrested

The Italian academic who met poisoned Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko on the day he was taken ill has been arrested as he returned home from Britain.

Mario Scaramella was held at Naples airport under a warrant issued by Italian magistrates investigating claims of arms trafficking and revealing state secrets.

The arrest was not part of the investigation by British police into the murder of Mr Litvinenko, who died after ingesting a large dose of radioactive polonium 210.

Mr Litvinenko, a former KGB officer, met Mr Scaramella at the Itsu sushi bar on November 1 before going on to see two Russian men at London's Millennium Hotel. Later that day he was taken ill and his condition deteriorated until he died on November 23, accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of having him poisoned.

Mr Scaramella was arrested by officers from Italy's DIGOS anti-terrorist unit as he stepped off a British Airways jet from Gatwick.

It was in connection with the seizure of rocket-propelled grenades made by Italian police in the summer of 2005.

Mr Scaramella had tipped off police about the shipment after he claimed to have been told about it by Mr Litvinenko.

Four Ukranians were arrested and are currently on trial but police suspicions were raised by how detailed Mr Scaramella's information was.

The warrant for his arrest was signed by investigating magistrate Orlando Muntoni earlier this month and officers could have arrested him in London but waited until he returned to Naples with his partner and two children.

Mr Scaramella's lawyer, Sergio Rastrelli, later told the Italian television channel RAI Tg1 that he was due to be questioned on Wednesday.

Source

The Antagonist - December 31, 2006 01:34 AM (GMT)
Hmmm.....

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freedomfiles - January 12, 2007 01:41 AM (GMT)
Scaramella-Berezovsky link to World Trade Center security firm emerges in Italian prosecutors' investigation
By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Jan 4, 2007, 00:50
http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_1601.shtml

numeral - January 12, 2007 05:05 PM (GMT)
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Health Protection Agency gives a few figures on Polonium-210 radiation doses in urine samples

The Health Protection Agency has, belatedly, started to give some quantitative estimates of the radiation doses detected in the urine samples of the people who are feared to have been slightly contaminated with Polonium-210, following the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko.

Why could these figures not have been released in November, when they could have reduced the amount of "radioactive dirty bomb" hype and media spin ?

There is a bit more background explanation in their Dose Assessment (.pdf) document, but the Health Protection Agency still gives no indication of the amount of Polonium-210 that Alexander Litvinenko was was killed with, or how much may have been smuggled into the United Kingdom.

There is no indication as to how Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned i.e. by drink, by food, by inhalation or injection etc.

There are still no estimates of how much Polonium-210 may still be in the hotels, bars, restaurants, aeroplanes and other vehicles etc, where traces have been detected.

The Analytical Procedure for testing the urine samples for 210Po (.pdf) seems to require at least a litre of urine per sample !

    Category 1

    * 480 people had results ‘below reporting level' - below 30 millibecquerels (mBq) per day (natural levels of Po-210 in urine are typically in the range 5-15 mBq per day). It is therefore unlikely that any of these people had been exposed to Po-210

    Category 2

    * 73 people had results above 30 mBq per day in their urine, but with a dose less than 1mSv indicating no public health risk, and no health concern to the individual, but probable contact with Po-210

    Category 3a

    * 30 people had results above 1 millisievert (mSv), but below 6mSv indicating no public health risk, and no health concern to the individual, but probable contact with Po-210

    There are 583 results in categories 1, 2 and 3a and these are NOT of health concern.

    Category 3b

    * 13 people had results above 6mSv which are not significant enough to result in any illness in the short term and any increased risk in the long term is likely to be very small

freedomfiles - January 12, 2007 07:26 PM (GMT)
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Litvinenko: psychological operation
Friday, November 24, 2006
http://www.opordanalytical.com/articles/Litvinenko.htm

Alexander Litvinenko, a former Colonel with the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), died of Polonium 210 poisoning at University College Hospital in London as a victim of assassination. Litvinenko was also a former soldier with the Russian Army. Litvinenko defected to England after he claimed that sinister forces loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin were plotting to murder him.

The recent news stories about Alexander Litvinenko’s assassination are deliberate fabrications and misinformation.

While no defender of President Putin by any stretch of the imagination, I must tackle a deeper psychological operations construct that has appeared in the international media regarding Alexander Litvinenko so the facts regarding this individual can be looked at critically.

First, when Alexander Litvinenko learned that he was poisoned he admitted that he was meeting with “sources” in London that had specific information about the assassination of former journalist Anna Politkovskaya in Moscow on October 7, 2006. Alexander Litvinenko was a very vocal proponent of the theory that the Kremlin ordered the assassination of Politkovskaya because she was trying to tie together a story that the Putin government had an official torture policy in the war in Chechnya. Now where does that sound familiar?

Alexander Litvinenko, himself a vocal critic of Putin’s government in Moscow, repeatedly told the international media apparatus since his defection to London that there was no possible method that Chechen terrorists could have planned and then executed the Moscow apartment bombings that occurred on September 8, 1999, September 13, 1999, and September 16, 1999, which paved the way for President Putin to order military action against Chechen terrorists in Chechnya.

In fact, Litvinenko also made the claim that the Putin government itself staged the bombings as a prelude to war in the breakaway republic of Chechnya. Again, where does that sound familiar?

Take a look at Alexander Litvinenko’s book synopsis for his conspiracy theorist book “Blowing up Russia: Terror From Within”, S.P.I. Books (March 1, 2002), ISBN: 1561719382.

“The war in Chechnya has made human life cheap in Russia. The brutal killings and the trade in slaves and hostages have thrown our country back to the days of slavery. Thousands of people who go through the war in Chechnya are forced to kill. They can never go back to civilian life.”

According to Alexander Litvinenko, military veterans that serve in times of war: “can never go back to civilian life”? Now where have we heard that before! The quick answer is revolutionary communist organizations that oppose the free-state from defending itself from outside aggression. In graduate school when I was mastering revolutionary theory I studied this psyop because it is widely used against US veterans of war. The psyop basically goes something like this:

“A professional soldier that has served in a military force of a democratic nation-state is salvageable, provided that the soldier has not engaged in direct combat action against outside aggressors. The professional soldier of a democracy that has engaged in direct combat action against aggressors is the individual that is unsalvageable to Marxism because those professional soldiers can never be convinced of the theory and necessity of Utopia. What this means then is that “something must be done”—these individuals can never go back to civilian life.”

I have seen first-hand this logic applied at the university-level. It also accounts for the terrible and unjustified discrimination that many veterans of the US Armed forces experience when they leave military service and is a product of the vast intellectual base internationally that is hostile to the idea of America.

Alexander Litvinenko’s book description then is that of deliberate and functional communism and the Marxist’s desire to dismantle all military forces of the free-state. That is precisely what the ideology linguistics of his book description means. It is coded language to announce his loyalty to the far-left ideology.

Regardless of Alexander Litvinenko’s credentials, the facts as the media portray them do not add up. Litvinenko was arrested by the FSB in 1999, on what he claimed were “trumped up charges” and then he was released. After the Moscow apartment buildings were destroyed in a string of terrorist attacks by Chechen terrorists, it is predictable that the FSB would arrest one of their own if that individual was blaming the government for the terrorist attacks. Russia has always behaved that way, even as an emerging democracy. That does not mean that Russia orchestrated the attacks—it means that in the confusion in government following any terrorist attack upon it that agents of government that immediately blame the government itself for such activity may create dangerous national security conditions for the entire nation-state.

Alexander Litvinenko never provided proof of his assertions and they mirror the September 11, 2001, conspiracy theorist crowd that has emerged in the United States and the west since the al Qai’da terrorist attacks upon the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the doomed flight that crashed in a Pennsylvania field that was on its way to the White House to wipe out the Executive Branch of the US government. Even though film footage has been shown publicly that reveals Usama Bin Ladin meeting with the September 11, 2001, terrorists in Afghanistan at one of al Qai’da’s and the Taliban’s vast terrorist training camps, conspiracy theorists still perpetuate the fallacy that the US government was behind the September 11, 2001, attacks upon the American people.

The journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s slaying is demystified even easier. Politkovskaya was well-known for her investigative reporting of Russian organized crime elements in Russia and other locations, seedy and shadowy groups and other dangerous elements that may have wanted to do her harm. However, when she was assassinated outside her apartment in Moscow, it simply must have been due to her investigation of “state-sponsored torture” in Chechnya. According to the leftist media, no other explanation was credible and Russian organized crime would never eliminate Politkovskaya even though she worked tirelessly to expose their activities and the personalities that drove such elements. The fact is that Politkovskaya had many enemies, enemies that she fomented through her work as an investigative journalist. International media apparatuses that are hostile to democratization efforts by President Putin’s government and certainly hostile to the war in Chechnya took a different angle on the matter and dismissed all other possibilities as nonsensical. The only possible reason that Politkovskaya was assassinated was because of her investigative reporting on the use of Russian intelligence services against terrorism and the torture techniques those intelligence services were implementing against the Chechen terrorists in Chechnya.

Again, does this tired international media psyop sound all too familiar?

Of course it does. The hostile anti-Bush media has been after the Bush Administration for the same reasons that the international media and Alexander Litvinenko specifically have been trying to push their stories about Politkovskaya—US government intelligence activities in the War on Terrorism. Western media apparatuses reported that American detaining of terrorists amounted to the “Gulags of our times”. Criticisms of Putin’s efforts in Chechnya were just as severely treated by the international media.

All said and done however, the untimely deaths of Anna Politkovskaya and Alexander Litvinenko do feed directly into the anti-democratic conspiracy movement that has been attacking democracies in an unsympathetic way in favor of terrorism since September 11, 2001. The construct of these psychological operations used by the international media against those defending from transnational terrorism are very sophisticated.

Never mind the fact that Russia is on the verge of entering the World Trade Organization as a member state and would risk that by assassinating an FSB defector that set up shop in London perpetuating conspiracy theories. Also, never mind the fact that Moscow would order the assassination of an widely-known investigative journalist because of her “theories” on torture by Russian intelligence in Chechnya, while her investigations into Russian organized criminal elements on the other hand would never put her in harms way.

This is what the international media is selling.

The assassination of Alexander Litvinenko at this point and time has been played beautifully by the leftist media with great intrigue. Not only is the Putin government being blamed for the action, but the method of assassination has been changed from “Thallium” (to tie in the FSB), to a new and unknown “poison” (polonium 210) that doctors can’t even detect using every modern test known to the vast western medical community. This has been done to elevate Alexander Litvinenko’s standing from that of the defecting narcissist that really had no special knowledge or importance to western intelligence, to the “victim” of a specially designed plot that must have originated from a Cold War esque Moscow that sent covert agents into a foreign country to assassinate him. In fact, the plot must involve Moscow, according to the media, because the poison can’t even be detected by modern medicine, and that means that only a sophisticated intelligence service could develop such a substance at great expense and risk of detection when the assassination attempt was carried out. If this media psyop under way is to be believed then, we must also believe that modern medicine can find a single bone buried underneath the ground from 200 years ago and determine the age, gender and cause of death of the human being, but a living human being that has been poisoned and sent to the hospital and dies over a period of “weeks” is an “absolute mystery” that has “baffled” and “astonished” doctors in London’s premier hospital.

If you buy into the September 11, 2001, conspiracy theory crowd, the leftist media angle on the deaths of Alexander Litvinenko and Anna Politkovskaya are perfectly explained. In fact, their deaths are being explained in ways that match the conspiracy theory nonsense that is being perpetuated in the United States against the Bush Administration.

However, when the curtain is pulled back from the circumstances surrounding the deaths of these two individuals, a more ominous plot appears. The culprits behind the plot are unknown, but their intentions are clear—embarrass and damage the Putin government. In fact, one could even argue that these are meticulously planned events to unseat Putin’s government as the Bush Administration has been unseated in many ways, and even derail Russia’s chances for entry into the World Trade Organization and Russian counterterrorism efforts in Chechnya.

Media reports in the coming days that will announce sympathetic “investigations” into the death of Alexander Litvinenko will provide more clues about whom the real conspirators in this matter are and what their objectives are as well.

Christopher Farmer
MS, National Security

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freedomfiles - January 17, 2007 12:08 AM (GMT)
In Memoriam: Alexander Litvinenko
In Russian with Dutch subtitles
http://www.vpro.nl/programma/tegenlicht/af...media/32655582/

(unfortunately I don't have an English language version, don't know whether anyone here can understand it)

Kier - January 22, 2007 11:03 AM (GMT)
Panorama tonight:

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MONDAY 22 JANUARY   

Documentary
Panorama
8:30pm - 9:00pm
BBC1

How to Poison a Spy

John Sweeney investigates a real-life spy thriller that would baffle James Bond, when ex-KGB spy and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned and killed by radioactive Polonium 210 in November 2006. The film reveals exclusive unseen footage of Litvinenko in fear for his life, interviews family and friends, former Russian spies, and the Italian businessman Mario Scaramella, while Sweeney investigates the polonium trail, from a piano bar in Mayfair to the walls of the Kremlin itself.

freedomfiles - February 27, 2007 03:48 AM (GMT)
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My Friend Sasha

Documentary about Alexandre ''Sasha'' Litvinenko, false flag terror operations and general corruption of the Russian government and secret services.

http://video.google.nl/videoplay?docid=305689597217108083




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