Spies Sometimes End Up Dead

Hello! After a mix of back sprain, bronchitis and some of the most powerful drugs I’ve taken in years (and these were on prescription), I think it’s time I at least attempted to write something! So what better than a quick assassination of the Litvinenko story?


Murder is a despicable thing at any time, for what ever reason. But when politics is involved, it’s all the more sickening.
The BBC, as you may expect have had Alexander Litvinenko’s murder as headline news most of the day. They’ve been towing the line spun by the government (the hand that feeds!) that Putin authorised the murder of Litvinenko. Whether that’s true or not, I don’t expect we’ll ever know for sure, but it sure fits the current narrative that Cameron and Obama are trying to spin; that being, Russia bad, NATO good!
I couldn’t resist taking a closer look at this story: it only took a few minutes to find a somewhat different take, courtesy of The Mirror. The headline alone puts a rather different slant on what I’m sure it’s the “official” Western version

Britain WANTED Alexander Litvinenko dead NOT the Kremlin says murdered former KBG agent’s brother

and I’m sure it will sell them plenty of papers; even more if the journalist, Hannah Roberts, has an unfortunate accident! He even goes so far as to suggest that the polonium 210 was planted after the murder

We have always asked for his body to be exhumed so that we can verify the presence of polonium in the body but we have been ignored.

I suggest you go to The Mirror to read Maxim Litvinenko’s contradictory version of events.
Before you go there though, think about this. According to The National Archives, back in the first world war

In reality, the wartime operations of German espionage in Britain were limited and largely unsuccessful. Between August 1914 and September 1917, only 31 German spies were arrested on British soil, 19 of whom were sentenced to death and a further 10 imprisoned.

Is there a difference between murder and sentencing to death?

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