Hushing up a murder

Marina and Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2000

Hague’s demand for secrecy looks like bureaucratic extremism, the product of a constipated government machine that never wants to let information out. How can Hague and MI6 defend it? They cannot claim they want to protect a secret agent from harm – Alexander Litvinenko is dead and in his grave. No one can harm him there. Maybe they want to deny that he worked for MI6. But his wife has bank records of payments from shell companies and knew his minder. Meanwhile, Hugh Davies, counsel to the inquiry, said in open court that the government had evidence that the hit on Litvinenko was authorised by the Russian state, so that is no secret either.

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