Russia Not Involved in Litvinenko Murder

Former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko is seen in 2002, left, and in his hospital bed at University College Hospital in London Nov. 20, 2006. CBS/AP

Former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko is seen in 2002, left, and in his hospital bed at University College Hospital in London Nov. 20, 2006.
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The latest diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks alludes to Russia not being involved with the murder of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, who died from exposure to radioactive agents.

"The implication was that the FOR was not involved, although Anatoliy Safonov did not offer any further explanation," reads the Dec. 26, 2007 cable on the website of British broadsheet, The Guardian.

According to The Guardian, the memo, written by staff at the U.S. embassy in Paris, records "an amicable 7 December dinner meeting with ambassador-at-large Henry Crumpton [and] Russian special presidential representative Safonov."

While Russian authorities in London had known about and followed the individuals involved with moving the radioactive substances into the city, but their efforts were quelled by British authorities, who said they were under control before the poisoning took place, reads the cable.

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