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Well this is unsurprising. According to The Telegraph, a senior official intelligence official in Britain has privately acknowledged that Gordon Brown's government believes the Russian security service FSB to be behind killing of anti-Putin dissident Alexander Litvinenko:

"We very strongly believe the Litvinenko case to have had some state involvement, there are very strong indications that it was a state action," the senior security official told the BBC.

Marina Litvinenko, the widow of the murdered agent, has been pressing for official recognition that the use of radioactive polonium 210 must have been state-sanctioned.

To date the Government has remained silent on the responsibility for the killing merely requesting the extradition of Andrei Lugovoi, a former KGB bodyguard who is the main suspect in the case.

Such a conclusion will likely have little effect on Mr. Putin's apologists in the western media (does anything?), nor will it substantially affect British or American diplomacy with his hand-picked successor, Dimitri Medvedev. Score one for the FSB. In related news, after his first meeting with Medvedev, President Bush refrained from commenting on the condition of the new president's soul, though he did offer the penetrating insight that he was dealing with a "smart guy."

I wrote about Putin's power grab here and Cathy Young's "fun facts about Putin's Russia" can be read here.

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  1. Here we go again with the overreaching grubbyu hands of government.

    Work like this needs to stay in the private sector, thank you.

  2. I’m having trouble finding the link, but I read that senior British intelligence officials also suspect foul play in the recent elections in Zimbabwe.

  3. Barney Fife could tell you that the FSB was involved, for fuck’s sake. MI5 and MI6 used to have this super reputation, but I’m beginning to think that it was just as overblown as the KGB’s.

  4. “a senior official intlelligence official?” Is that the Telegraph or Mr. Moynihan? Perhaps some senior intelligence officials are unofficial.

  5. Why should one trust what MI5 or MI6 has to say? How do we know that Austin Powers wasn’t the assassin?

  6. Why should one trust what MI5 or MI6 has to say? How do we know that Austin Powers wasn’t the assassin?

    Because he is just pretend, unlike James Bond.

  7. President Bush refrained from commenting on the condition of the new president’s soul, though he did offer the penetrating insight that he was dealing with a “smart guy.”

    The sad thing is that the Russians had only introduced Bush to a side of beef.

  8. “Russia? I thought they were our friends now.”

    -John Connor, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

  9. Lies, all lies! Again the West tries to hold us back.

  10. Guy-

    James Bond is real? For your eyes only.

  11. Everyone knows Putin did it. But what are we going to do about it? Start world war II with Russia? The Russians have been doing nasty things to disidents abroad for over a hundred years now. It sucks and Putin is nothing but a gangster, but I don’t see where Britian or anyone else can do much about it.

  12. Start world war II with Russia?

    We already did that war, but yea, it should have been against the Soviets after wiping out the Germans, Japanese, french and irish.

  13. Guy-

    Wiping out the Irish?

  14. Guy-

    Well, almost everybody wiped out the irish last autumn.

  15. liberty mike,

    Sorry, that is one of my favorite recurring fantasies that made it past the wrists and into the keyboard.

  16. I miss cathy. If she is busy off raising babies then you guys need to go over to her house and save her from herself and get her writing again.

    Not for me, mind you, but for her own good.

  17. Guy-

    Now you have everybody from Charlie Weiss, Joe Montana and Bono to the ghosts of Knute Rockne, Bobby Sands and Michael Collins after you.

  18. I don’t give a shit what Russia does within its own borders, or even in its former Soviet Republics.

    Their army has essentially withdrawn behind the Urals, and they no longer want world domination. Thats good enough for me.

  19. Just wait until they take Kamchatka – even your units in Irkutsk and Yakutsk will be no match.

  20. Ska,

    We still have armies in the Ukraine.

  21. Wiping out the Irish?

    Revealing mistakes
    Looks like we can explain Guy’s antipathy to joe, now.

  22. I don’t give a shit what Russia does within its own borders, or even in its former Soviet Republics.

    They murdered the guy in Britain.

  23. Now you have everybody from Charlie Weiss, Joe Montana and Bono to the ghosts of Knute Rockne, Bobby Sands and Michael Collins after you.

    like that bunch of drunks should scare me? I will toss a bottle of whiskey into the sea and they will be forever trying to take it from eachother.

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