Thursday, November 23, 2006

No poisoning

As we work our way through blaming Putin (based on no evidence whatsoever), and then mafiya figures working for Putin (again, based on no evidence whatsoever), it is starting to appear that the ‘poisoning’ of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was self-administered

In all these cases, you have to ask yourself why anyone would attempt an assassination that would turn an almost completely unknown nuisance into an international celebrity, with the accompanying worldwide notoriety for whatever the victim had been claiming.  It the assassins had done nothing, or even shot him dead or faked an accident or suicide (the real professional route), the story would have never appeared or quickly disappeared.  Why would they pick an exotic poison with a long drawn-out death or recovery that serves to turn the affair into a publicity circus?