Ex-spy's death to be treated as murder
Published Wed, Dec 6 2006 12:49 PM
Technorati Tags: News and Politics
From the Associated Press, via the Seattle Post Intelligencer:
LONDON -- Scotland Yard said Wednesday it is treating the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko as murder.
The announcement came nearly two weeks after Litvinenko died in a London hospital; the rare radioactive substance polonium-210 was found in his body. Scotland Yard detectives are in Moscow as part of the widening investigation into his death.
"Detectives ... have reached the stage where it is felt appropriate to treat it as an allegation of murder," the Metropolitan Police said. "It is important to stress that we have reached no conclusions as to the means employed, the motive or the identity of those who might be responsible for Mr. Litvinenko's death."
It took two weeks? What, were they treating this as some bizarre form of suicide? There's plenty of evidence that the polonium came from Russia. There are traces of it at Emirates Stadium where one of the "witnesses" attended a match on the same day he visited with Litvinenko. Was Litvinenko at the match?
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