About the poisoning of Litvinenko, a British source speculates to me that it’s unlikely the UK authorities would have called an emergency meeting of Cobra, the Downing Street crisis management team, unless they already have a pretty good idea who did it. If that is so, we may be looking at an exercise in containing a lot more than simply the Polonium-210. If it’s true, as Litvinenko reportedly said on his deathbed, that the trail leads all the way back to Russia’s President Putin, then — shades of the 1981 plot to kill the Pope — there looms the old Russian question, shto dyelat? — what to do?
If Putin Did It, What To Do?
By Claudia Rosett Nov 25, 2006 1:12 PM ET
For media inquiries, please contact [email protected] Claudia Rosett is widely recognized as a ground-breaking reporter on corruption at the United Nations. Her investigative reporting skills, drawn from three decades as a journalist covering international affairs, led her to expose the U.N. Oil-for-Food scandal, the worst financial fraud in the history of humanitarian relief. Ms. Rosett worked from 1984-2002 as a staff editorialist, editor and reporter at The Wall Street Journal, and has appeared before six U.S. House and Senate Committees and Subcommittees to testify on subjects including U.N.-related corruption and the Iran-North Korea strategic alliance. Her work on Oil-for-Food earned Claudia the 2005 Eric Breindel Award and the Mightier Pen award, and for her on-site coverage of China's Tiananmen Square in 1989, she won an Overseas Press Club Citation for Excellence. She is a Foreign Policy Fellow with the Independent Women's Forum, and writes a column on foreign affairs for Forbes.com.