Poisoned spy was the victim of state terror
BRITISH SAY RUSSIAN DISSIDENT LIKELYVICTIM OF STATE-BACKED ASSASSINATION
Up to 100 contacts; How many more were poisoned?
Michael Evans, David Charter and Daniel McGrory
Intelligence services blame foreign agents
Dissident died from radioactive polonium
Britain's intelligence agencies last night claimed that the poisoning of the Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko bore the hallmarks of a "state-sponsored" assassination.
A senior Whitehall official told The Times that confirmation that the former Russian spy, who had become a British citizen, had been poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 and other evidence so far not released pointed to the murder being carried out by foreign agents.
Last night the Foreign Office said that officials had met with the Russian ambassador in London and had asked the Kremlin to hand over any information that it had which could help the Scotland Yard investigation.