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Jack Rice is a criminal defense trial lawyer who provides legal advice to those charged with crimes in Federal and Minnesota State courtrooms.


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Jack Appears on MSNBC to Discuss the KGB Spy Death.

Jack again appears on MSNBC to discuss the latest developments in the death of Alexander Litvinenko. Prior to his death. Litvinenko implicated Kremlin officials and the peculiar circumstances surrounding his death.

While British Home Secretary John Reid has announced a formal inquiry, the Kremlin continues to deny any responsibility. Unfortunately, if history is any guide, this inquiry may very well prove to be fruitless.
British authorities are undoubtedly embarrassed that somebody in London was poisoned by a potential foreign operative. Proof that this was done by the SVR may raise the question of the competency of the British Services, MI5 and MI6. Therefore, an inquiry that has more inconclusive results may be more convenient. This provides, at least, deniability as to potential failures.
Further, the Brits are currently negotiating with the Russians on energy and especially on dealing with the Iranians. The British are particularly keen, for obvious reasons, to deal with these issues. And the Russians known it. As a result, the Russians will certainly use this tool.
Now, as to the Russians, as I have said, there are at least four possible options. One, the SVR, the successor to the KGB, under orders from President Putin murdered Litvinenko. Two, rogue elements within the SVR committed the murder. Three, criminal elements with the expertise of former KGB, FSB or SVR members committed the crime for various reasons. Or four, someone who wanted to discredit the President committed this act, again probably with the help and expertise of current or former operatives.
Now, as far as the Russians are concerned, why would they highlight any potential conspiracies involving the President, current or former intelligence operatives? Further, why would they highlight others within Russia that definitively murdered somebody on British soil? It shows involvement on one side and the inability to control international hits with their genesis in their own country. Either way, a positive answer would not be . . . helpful.
Therefore, it takes me back to the same position that I was in with the British. Far more likely that this inquiry will be inconclusive. The British win. The Russians win. The perpetrators, whomever they are, win. And Alexander Litvinenko is dead!
While some sliver make open up this case, I wonder how hard all sides will try to find it. Jack brings the latest developments and what comes next.