Plot thickens

Reply Fri 24 Nov, 2006 08:31 pm

re the death by poisoning of the ex kgb agent in London.

Radiation trail
From leafy suburbia to heart of Mayfair

Jeevan Vasagar and Tom Parfitt in Moscow
Saturday November 25, 2006
The Guardian

Police confirmed yesterday that traces of polonium 210 had been found at the Itsu sushi restaurant in Piccadilly, where Alexander Litvinenko met Italian espionage expert Mario Scaramella, and the Millennium hotel in Mayfair, where he had an earlier meeting with two Russian contacts.
The Health Protection Agency said it was speaking to staff at Itsu to work out who was on duty on the day of Mr Litvinenko's visit and therefore who could potentially be at risk of contamination. An HPA spokeswoman said only those who had come into close contact with Mr Litvinenko or the food and drink he consumed would be asked to give urine samples.
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Reply Sat 27 Jan, 2007 07:47 pm
The poisoned teaplot: Polonium reading from hotel 'off the scale'
Radioactive teapot 'almost certainly used to kill Alexander Litvinenko was used to serve guests for several weeks after becoming contaminated'
By Andrew Johnson
Published: 28 January 2007
Detectives investigating one of the murkiest international crimes ever to hit Britain - the murder of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko - believe a quintessentially English teapot is at the centre of the web of intrigue.

Test results from the Millennium Hotel in Piccadilly, central London, were said by sources yesterday to show a teapot was "off the scale" in readings for polonium 210, the radioactive isotope used to poison the Russian exile at the hotel on 1 November.

Police yesterday refused to comment on the reports, which also said the teapot was not tested until the second week of December, six weeks after the poisoning. The still-radioactive teapot would have been used to serve potentially hundreds of other guests.

Mr Litvinenko's widow, Marina, confirmed that when her husband arrived at the hotel his tea was already poured. "He later said the tea wasn't very tasty, 'because it was cold'." It now appears that tea had been poured from a pot thatthe killer had managed to contaminate.
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Reply Sat 27 Jan, 2007 07:53 pm
I'm still confused about the three capsules - discussed in the other thread on this polonium poisoning thing - but presumably they were unrelated.

But a teapot, how ironic...
How very icky for others who've had tea at the hotel in the meantime..
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Reply Sat 27 Jan, 2007 08:05 pm
Here's the bigger thread on the subject..

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