Spy contact under police guard
Professor Mario Scaramella met former KGB agent, Alexander Litvinenko, at a London sushi bar on November 1.
“I am in a house on the edge of London for reasons of protection and security,” Professor Scaramella he told London’s Evening Standard.
“I cannot say where I am because I am being controlled by Scotland Yard. I have always said that I am willing to help them and that is why I am here.”
Scaramella also told the newspaper that he would retrace his steps to help the investigation.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said last Friday that there was an increased risk to people who have come into contact with a potentially contaminated person’s bodily excretia, including sweat.
But it maintains the risk to the wider public “remains low”, did not disclose whether Scaramella had been contaminated.
But Daily Mirror newspaper reporter Graham Brough wrote Tuesday that he was sent for tests after tracking down and interviewing the academic in his Italian bolt-hole.
“(Public health officials) asked a series of questions, then homed in on the fact that Scaramella’s palm had been slightly sweaty when I shook hands,” he said.
Police have now sealed off five locations in London after traces of polonium 210 were found.
They include the sushi bar where Scaramella is said to have handed Litvinenko a Russian security services “hit list” with both their names on it.
Another venue is a central London hotel where the ex-Federal Security Service agent had tea with contacts.
Litvinenko’s north London home is cordoned off.
Cordons have also been placed around the offices of the exiled Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky and a security company in the Mayfair area.
Police late on Tuesday confirmed that they were also examining two further addresses — another on Grosvenor Street, and the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel at Picadilly, in central London.
British authorities have tested eight people for possible radiation exposure.
Meanwhile, public health officials said a total of 1,121 calls were received to a special hotline in the 48 hours to midnight Monday.
Of those, 68 were deemed worthy of further investigation, and eight of those were referred as a precaution.
Authorities want to determine whether they have been exposed to the radioactive substance, polonium 210.
Large quantities of polonium 210 were found in Litvinenko’s urine.