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That initial ET diary, and the subsequent discussion, really were terribly good. Looking back, it is striking how many of the elements which now appear to be critical in the story are already touched on in it. Among them is the bizarre reinvention of Scaramella.  At the outset, the information he was supposed to have brought to the meeting at the Itsu only related to Polikovskaya -- and was presented as a bait.  Subsequently, the notion that he brought warnings about plots to assassinate both himself and Litvinenko was introduced.  By the time the BBC `Panorama' programme gave its version on 22 January 2007, these warnings were treated as reliable, and a key to the mystery - as they also were in Sixmith's Litvinenko File study, published the following April.  The fact that Scaramella had been arrested on Christmas Eve 2006, on aggravated calumny charges relating to allegations very similar to those supposedly contained in the e-mails, appears simply not to have been noticed by the BBC journalists, or Sixsmith.
by djhabakkuk (david daught habakkuk at o two daught co daught uk) on Tue Dec 11th, 2012 at 10:47:17 AM EST
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