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where Litvinenko knowingly took part in manipulating polonium (or in manipulating anything at all which he knew to be radioactive) would seem, to me, to suffer from a fatal weakness.

(Sorry if this is a naïve line of inquiry, I've come late to the party)

He was hospitalised, and misdiagnosed with thallium poisoning. The radioactivity and/or polonium was only detected a couple of days before his death.

I don't know whether an earlier diagnosis could have saved him. But (and whatever he might have been trying to conceal, at risk to his own life) I find it implausible that he wouldn't have put the doctors on the trail of radioactivity, if he had had reason to suspect it.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Dec 12th, 2012 at 05:31:43 AM EST

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