From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng (Original Message) Sent: 12/4/2006 12:34 AM Ex-KGB Agent Says He Named Russian Terrorist Suspect Publication time: Today at 10:26 Djokhar time Britain‘s senior law enforcement official said Sunday an inquiry into the death of a former KGB agent had expanded overseas, and a U.S.-based friend of the former agent said he told police the name of the person he believes orchestrated the poisoning.
"The truth is, we have an act of international terrorism on our hands. I happen to believe I know who is behind the death of my friend Sasha and the reason for his murder," Shvets said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press by telephone from the United States, referring to Litvinenko by his Russian nickname.
"This is firsthand information, this is not gossip. I gave them the firsthand information that I have," Shvets told the AP.
Shvets said he was questioned by Scotland Yard officers and an FBI agent in Washington last week. A police official in London, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the case, confirmed officers had interviewed Shvets.
"Over the next few days I think all of these things I think will widen out a little from the circle just being here in Britain," Reid told Britain‘s Sky News television.
The Sunday Times newspaper quoted Lugovoi as saying he had also been contaminated with polonium-210, but he did not say whether he had fallen ill. He denied that he and two business associates who accompanied him to the Nov. 1 meeting were involved in Litvinenko‘s death.
Repeated attempts by the AP to reach Lugovoi in Moscow through a business associate have been unsuccessful.
Litvinenko said in interviews from his deathbed that Russian Putin was behind his poisoning. Putin, like a professiona criminal from the old KGB scholl, has dismissed the accusation as "nonsense."
University College Hospital said in a statement he was well and showing no external symptoms.
Shvets, who has worked at the Center for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Washington, said he was currently traveling in the U.S. on vacation, but would not confirm his precise location because of concern for his personal security.
"I want to survive until the time we have a criminal case in relation to Sasha‘s (Litvinenko) death brought before a court in London," Shvets told the AP.
In a separate statement issued through Tom Mangold, a former British Broadcasting Corp. reporter and his friend of 15 years, Shvets denied claims published Sunday in Britain‘s Observer newspaper that he had been involved in the drafting of a dossier on Russian oil company Yukos.
Former Yukos shareholder Leonid Nevzlin, a Russian exile living in Israel , told the AP last week that Litvinenko had given him a document related to Yukos and said he believed the agent‘s killing was tied to his investigations into the company.
Mangold said Shvets had denied the newspaper report, which said he had examined charges filed by Russian prosecutors against Yukos officials and shareholders and had given his findings to Litvinenko, The Associated Press reported.
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