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  •  Polonium is easy to obtain elsewhere for a price.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Brecht

    Pakistan, the caucus countries that had the soviet nukes back-in-the-day even Ukraine. The amount needed can almost fit on a pinhead. Such a small amount. Who's going to miss it.

    Good comment PeterHug. I appreciated the "HR drive-by" in particular.

    ------T'is a take-off from a Dixie Chicks song. I'm a fan------

    by Notreadytobenice on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 05:06:13 PM PDT

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    •  Polonium could in theory be obtained (2+ / 0-)
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      Notreadytobenice, Brecht

      from a number of sources.  As a practical matter, I don't think that there are any sources aside from Israel, US, Iran, Pakistan, India, Russia, the EU generally, and Japan.

      Given that 210Po has a half-life of only 138 days, it must be used quickly after being obtained unless the user has a primary source to get it from.

      I do not have any opinion about this, but I must say that if it were to turn out that the Po poisoning hypothesis were substantiated, there are only a few names on the list I provided above, who would be really suspected of having done that.

      I understand why the HR-ers did what they did; the mere possibility of this being the case is something that would inflame opinion throughout the ME.

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