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Polonium Pandemonium

(I finally got my husband to write an article for me, so here it is. Introducing, the other side of planet earth A_R)

The news has been all over the media. New information comes out everyday. Most of it has to be speculation. This is a spy case, the possibilities for who did it and why are endless. We might never know the truth.

But seeing as everyone else is speculating, I figured I might come up with my own "spy story." Remember there are probably hundreds of plausible outcomes and reasons behind this story. Here is my "conspriracy theory" or what if:

Let's take a look at some applications for the use of Polonium.
-When mixed with other chemicals it can become a neutron trigger for nuclear weapons.
-a lightweight heat source to power thermoelectric cells.
-Radioactive poison

This is rather alarming you would think. A flip flop spy dies by what could be one half of a trigger for a nuclear weapon. What if the (delayed) autopsy came upwith traces of the other chemicals that can be used to make a neutron trigger? And just why is the autopsy being delayed? I wonder how long these other chemical traces can last?

As things progress polonium is springing up everywhere. But initially it was in his hotel room, in the sushi bar, and in an undisclosed international security firm. We were told the name of the hotel and the sushi bar. For obvious reasons, the name of the security firm was not mentioned.

By November 30th, 2006 there are supposedly 12 sites in London where this toxic brew is present:
the Itsu sushi restaurant in Piccadilly, the Millennium Hotel in Grosvenor Square, Litvinenko's home, Barnet General Hospital, University College Hospital, 25 Grosvenor Street, 58 Grosvenor Street, 7 Down Street, the Sheraton Hotel in Park Lane and the two grounded BA aircraft at Heathrow. The identity of the 12th location is unclear.

Erinys, an International Security Service and Risk Company, is the location mentioned on Grosvenor Street. It was formed in 2001, its website named at the time, five managers and directors most of whom have been affiliated with Armor Holdings, a Florida-based security companyand Defence Systems Limited, a British company which merged with Armor in 1997.
A former British Special Air Services (SAS) officer, director Alastair Morrison was co-founder and CEO of Defence Systems from 1981 to 1999. Morrison is currently affiliated with Armor Holdings, in which he holds $2.1 million worth of stock.
Fraser Brown, who directs Erinys' security operations, has worked for DSL/Armor since 1999. Jonathan Garratt, Erinys' managing director, has worked for DSL and Armor since 1992.
The two other Erinys officials named on the website have no apparent ties to either company: Sean Cleary is a South African risk management expert while Bill Elder previously worked as Bechtel's corporate security manager.

An interesting note is that Erinys was hired to protect 140 Iraqi oil installations, for which it beat out larger and more established competitors. The Johannesburg-based company also offered its protection services to contractors Bechtel and Halliburton's subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root

There are also allegations that they have hired people accused of war crimes and that they powerful alliances in Iraq. It is listed at Danger Zone Jobs as a prime contractor to the Gulf Regional Division of the United States Army Corp of Engineers, tasked with providing nationwide personal security details and protective services.

Then there is Boris. Boris Abramovich Berezovsky exiled businessman, and known as Russia's first billionaire. Which is the location mentioned on Down Street. Mr. Berezovsky was known to be close to Mr. Litvinenko and visited him in hospital before his death.

He was been accused of business irregularities in Russia and moved to the UK in 2001 where he was granted political asylum. In 2003 he legally changed his name to Platon. He recently went into business with Neil Bush, younger brother of George Bush.

Mr Litvinenko had travelled to Israel just weeks before he died to hand over evidence to a Leonid Nevzlin about how agents working for President Putin dealt with his enemies running the oil company. Nevzlin, the former second-in-command of Yukos, fled to Tel Aviv in fear for his life after the Kremlin seized and then sold off the £21 billion company. Did it have to do with oil?

However, Polonium-210 is very rare and very expensive. Check it out yourself. I believe it would cost millions for the amount of exposure the press is claiming. It's hard to believe that a million dollars was spent to poison someone. A poison that showed up in a urine sample. Maybe one would spend that kind of money on something that would leave no trace. It just seems so incredibly sloppy.

Will we ever know? Probably not. And in the world he was from, we could probably not even imagine what other possibilities there are. One thing is for sure, I would have loved to be a fly on the wall here, I'm sure they had their own ideas.

I'm thinking of taking this script to Hollywood, move over Bond.

Another note on the sloppiness of this poisoning...what a great way of following someones trail, without having to do the actual leg work. It will be pretty clear where he went and who he went to.

how did you find out about the nuclear trigger?

it was from wikipedia. bear n mind, that was how they used to make the crude ones, they don't do it like that anymore.

I must have missed putting up the link, fixed it. Thanks

Holy crap!

I think you might be on to something here.

There's a reason why this has turned into a mass media centerpiece and what appears to be a foreign relations crisis between the UK and Russia - and it's not just because some ex-spy was knocked off in London.

I still can't figure out why so few people reported on the story about him being Muslim.

Something tells me we haven't heard the last of Litvinenko.

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