What started off as a massive fabrication in
2006 just received a great boost from a complicit British government. The
mysterious polonium death of reputed former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko is the
An inexplicably long series of official UK hearings on this nearly 9 year old case has just concluded. That's prompted a new flurry of sensational media reports.
A recent Daily Mail headline reads "Putin 'personally ordered Litvinenko's murder.'" The Irish Independent said, "Vladimir Putin should be held responsible for the murder of Alexander Litvinenko." BBC reported, "Vladimir Putin 'ordered killing', Litvinenko [official UK] inquiry hears."
You might think that reliable evidence has been presented to back up all the accusations. But careful examination shows the reports are no more than unsubstantiated allegations. No reliable facts are reported. Meanwhile, there is an abundance of evidence that this has been a nefarious witch hunt all along.
The official UK hearing has been made out to be a kind of trial, one aimed at bringing justice in the mysterious death case. The widow Marina Litvinenko told BBC, "The truth has finally been uncovered."
--The prosecutor in the case was unable to unearth any incriminating factual evidence, only "grave suspicions" about Russian culpability. He never had a sufficient case to bring to trial.
--The current official inquiry has no capability to mete out justice. It hasn't been a real trial at all. There are accused individuals. But they have no right to question their accusers. The inquiry doesn't have the ability to convict anybody.
--No coroner has ever ruled that Litvinenko's death was even a homicide. That leaves open the possibility of accidental poisoning or suicide.
--The KGB spy moniker given Litvinenko in the media is fallacious; he never did espionage work. But it added spice to all the misleading headlines.
--Litvinenko himself is on record believing an Italian named Mario Scaramella poisoned him.
--A rogue coroner dodged his statutory duty to rule on the manner and cause of death, and instead conducted a Berezovskyesque witch hunt for Russian culpability.
--He subsequently was told by Home Secretary Theresa May to cut out the witch hunt and perform his duty to rule on the manner and cause of death. She also told him that any further official inquiry was unnecessary.