|Litvinenko, before and after, Edward Latham|
Being a bit younger and bit more naive, I took up the challenge with some relish and constructed a narrative loudly hinting that Mr. Litvinenko and the Chechens were working with Polonium-210 in order to construct a trigger for a nuclear weapon, possibly for an old Soviet suitcase nuke that had somehow fallen into the hands of a rebel group.
I stand behind the science, but the scenario has pretty obviously turned out to be false. The Chechens never detonated a nuke and never lit off a Po-210 dirty bomb.
I am trotting out this mea culpa today only because the U.K. is finally releasing the results of its exhaustive inquiry into Mr. Litvinenko's poisoning. Tthe evidence overwhelmingly points to assassination by radiation poisoning.
I just wanted to formally set the record straight that while the narrative I investigated and proposed 8 years ago had some compelling aspects, it turned out to be wrong.