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ABC News is reporting that the British Crown Prosecution Service is expected to announce imminently the indictment of Andrei Lugovoi, and possibly also Dimitri Kovtun, for the murder of Alexander Litvinenko. The murder occurred through the delivery of a lethal dose of radioactive Polonium-210. Both Lugovoi and Kovtun are closely linked to the Russian Federal Security Service, and Lugovoi is said to have contacts reaching high into the Kremlin.
Reports ABC’s Brian Ross:
Investigators concluded, based on forensic evidence and intelligence reports, that the murder was a “state-sponsored” assassination orchestrated by Russian security services.
Lugovoi and Kovtun are thought to be in Russia. The Russian Government is not expected to agree to their extradition.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Percentage increase in the annual number of polio cases in Pakistan since 2005:
A bowl of 4,000-year-old noodles was found in northwestern China; and a spokesman for the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that “this is the earliest empirical evidence of noodles ever found.”
A federal judge sentenced the journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison for sharing a link to information stolen from the private-intelligence firm Stratfor by a hacker in 2011. “Good news!” Brown said in a statement. “They’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex.”
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