Friday, November 24, 2006

DEATH BY RADIONUCLIDE: Polonium-210, 4,500 Curies/gram

The grim and agonizing death of Alexander Litvinenko in a London hospital was guaranteed from the moment his unknown assailant put it in his food or drink. Discovered by Marie Curie, polonium-210 is an astonishingly active alpha particle emitter.

The figures from this Argonne National Lab fact sheet on the element are all one needs to know. Its specific activity, a measure of its radioactivity by weight, is very high: 4,500 Curies per gram. "The energy released by its decay is so large . . . that a capsule containing about half a gram reaches a temperature above 500 degrees C.," reads the report.

One milligram, a thousandth of a gram, would deliver 4.5 Curies of the material.

Litvinenko was cooked from the inside.

And since polonium-210 is an alpha emitter, it was trapped inside him, not reaching those standing in the same room, making a very small amount of it fairly easy to clandestinely transport and deliver.

"Between 50 and 90 percent of the polonium taken in by ingestion will promptly leave the body in feces," continues the report. "The fraction remaining in the body enters the bloodstream . . . It is estimated that 45 percent of ingested polonium will be deposited in the spleen, kidneys and liver, with ten percent deposited in bone marrow . . ."

All of these factors must have contributed to the difficulty in identifying the poison, an identification which would have only revealed that Litvinenko stood no chance of survival.

An utterly nefarious application, one that will have you looking at your food and drink with a bit of fear and trembling when in the presence of suspected enemies for some time to come!

From the point of view of the Russian black bag ops division that allegedly commissioned the application, it must send a grisly and fearsome statement to whistle-blowers and dissidents.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A view of "the Litvinenko situation" from an apologist, and amply-rewarded beneficiary, of the intelligence agencies:

http://www.opordanalytical.com/articles/Litvinenko.htm

10:25 AM  
Blogger Oscar Madison said...

funny how mister Anonymous rewarded the newly created propogandists by posting the intel report web addy here. is this part of the pentagons operation to seed the "intertubes" with "thier own brand of truth"

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Breklor said...

Yes, because we all know the United States is the only government that ever, ever lies.

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would correct that affirmation and say the us people are the only ones that accept all the BS they are fed

12:25 PM  

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