More high strangeness from the world of spooks and goblins.
Technologist pointed out that Polonium 210 isn’t all that difficult to buy. Having never done so, I checked around and found that some of my favorite people down at United Nuclear happen to have a tiny bit for sale.
In fact, just today I saw several different news items around the web stating that United Nuclear sells the stuff for $69 a puck (a small container). My guess is that they will stop selling it soon, Bob Lazar probably likes the publicity, but he dosen’t want the government scrutiny.
Another way to come by it fairly easily is by bombarding Bismuth with neutrons. My guess is however that the folks who poisoned Mr. Litvenenko didn’t make it or buy it from United Nuclear. There’s plenty floating around Eastern Europe from government lab and industry thefts.
The point remains however. Killing someone with such an exotic substance had a purpose far beyond ending the life of one Russian traitor. Litvenenko has been in the West for 6 years. If the Ruskies wanted him dead, they could have done it before now, and in a far less sensational way.
Killing someone with Polonium, while effective, is almost Rube Goldbergish in its excessiveness. I mean, comon. What’s wrong with Ricin? Or Cyanide? Or for that matter, how about just a .22 to the back of the head. Or even a car “accident.” If they had enough access to Litvenenko to slip a radioactive poison in to his food, they could have easily killed him in a far less sensational matter.
I guess what facinates me about this is that it is obvious that there is tremendous more going on beneath the surface. The murder of Mr Litvenenko is like a small splash on the surface of the sea as the only evidence of a titanic struggle between mighty foes underneath.
As I said, this was meant to send a message. The only question is, what is the message and who is the messenger. Personally, I don’t think OFFICIAL Russia ordered this. The real culprits are people who wanted to make official Russia look bad.