Alexander Litvinenko first victim of trade in radioactive materials

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Alexander Litvinenko first victim of trade in radioactive materials
Published 12-08-2013, 05:45
Well-known US journalist Edward Epstein specializing in investigating the most sensational affairs does not rule out that British secret services are involved in Alexander Litvinenko’s death in London in the autumn of 2006.

Epstein became world-famous due to his two books dedicated to the assassination of US President John Kennedy.

The Daily Mail published Epstein’s article in which he describes the result of his investigation of the ‘Litvinenko case’. Epstein writes that the facts he discovered bring him to the conclusion that the current version of that event is far from reality. These facts raise suspicion that British secret services are involved in the event.

Originally experts suspected that Litvinenko was poisoned with thallium, a heavy metal used as a rat poison. However, after carrying out more tests two hours before Litvinenko died, they announced that the death was caused by radioactive polonium-210 which is an isotope material used at the early stages of making nuclear weapons.

Epstein writes that the unexplained presence of polonium should have made international organisations dealing with non-proliferation of nuclear materials to start an investigation to establish from which country this radioactive substance leaked outside the protected area. However, instead of this the police decided that the substance had illegally been brought to London with the aim of committing murder.

In Epstein’s opinion, this version does not hold water. There are other instruments, such as a knife or a bullet. Polonium as a murder weapon is complicated because it is unstable and dangerous for those who intend to use it.

Epstein reports that he spent months investigating the circumstances of Litvinenko’s death, analyzing official documents and talking to witnesses and experts. He went to Moscow to talk to Lugovoy whom the British side accuses of killing Litvinenko.

Edward Epstein stresses that in his opinion, Litvinenko was not murdered, he died of polonium infection after accidental polonium leakage. Secret services often use polonium to mark people’s clothes to trace their getting around and also as a power-generating unit for bugging devices.

Alternatively, secret services can use polonium as a bait for those who would like to buy nuclear materials on the black market. It is clear what kind of forces can stand behind this scenario, Epstein writes.

It is understood that Litvinenko worked for British, US and Italian secret services. It has been established that Litvinenko and a number of people from his circle had contacted a container with polonium-210. Epstein writes that he has come to the conclusion that at some point leakage occurred and brought catastrophic results.

To prove his point, Epstein reminds the readers that the key evidence including the postmortem results was classified by the British government as a ‘state secret’.

Epstein believes that Litvinenko’s strange death as a result of radioactive poisoning will remain an unsolved crime.

A number of independent experts share Epstein’s version believing that Litvinenko participated in an operation of western secret services hunting for a group of persons trying to buy nuclear materials. There is evidence that the group acted in the interests of some country in the Middle East or the Persian Gulf region.


Voice of Russia

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