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December 10, 2006

Found: Source Of Poison Used Against Russian Spy

Topics: International News

It was in his tea:

POISONED former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko WAS murdered by radioactive tea, it was revealed yesterday.

Scotland Yard detectives have quarantined cups and saucers which show signs of being heavily contaminated with polonium 210 from the Pines Bar at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair, Central London.

They are convinced that is where Litvinenko was slipped the fatal dose in a cup of tea during a meeting with former KGB colleague Andrei Lugovoi and his business partner Dmitri Kovtun.

Seven bar staff who served them have been sent home showing signs of radiation poisoning. Colleagues say four are already suffering from a "flu like" illness.

A senior Counterterrorism source said: "It's now a near certainty Mr Litvinenko was poisoned by having polonium 210 slipped into his drink at the hotel, probably while distracted by a phone call or other interruption. The contaminated staff are those who cleared up the crockery and took it to the kitchens.

In what amounts to essentially a dirty bomb being set off in Central London, someone in the Russian government has some serious explaning to do. I'm wondering just how high up this goes, and what role, if any, Putin played.

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