Ex KGB spy likely poisoned by his old buddies
Date: Tuesday, November 21 2006
Doctors treating the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko said tonight they could not rule out the possibility that he was poisoned with radioactive thallium.
After a period of confusion during which the University College hospital trust appeared to rule out thallium - contradicting the diagnosis of the clinical toxicologist called in to examine the dissident - the trust later clarified that it was unlikely Mr Litvinenko's illness was caused by thallium sulphate poisoning.
"The thallium is the least of it - the radioactivity seems more important," Prof Henry said. "He may need a bone marrow transplant to get him better."