The Second Man
The man Alexander Litvinenko met at a London sushi bar has been taken to the hospital to be treated for polonium 210 poisoning. According to the Times of London:
Police fear that the murder of a former Kremlin spy may have been part of a double killing plot after a second man was taken to hospital last night with radiation poisoning. The Anti-Terror Group is examining whether the killers of Alexander Litvinenko also tried to poison Mario Scaramella, an Italian security expert who met the Russian exile on the day that he fell ill.
Toxicologists confirmed yesterday that Mr Scaramella had also been contaminated by a “significant” amount of deadly polonium-210. The level leads them to suspect that it was more than he could have ingested from simple physical contact with Litvinenko.
In the meantime, at least three BA wide-bodied jets have been grounded for forensic testing after traces of radiation were found on aircraft plying the London-Moscow route. Thousands of passengers are being contacted to tell them of their risk. The airline is taking a significant financial hit because of these activities. And whether or not the Russian secret service is behind this, terrorists the world over are beginning to learn how destructive radiological contamination can be to the West.