"You have shown yourself to be unworthy of your office, to be unworthy of the trust of civilized men and women.
"You may succeed in silencing one man but the howl of protest from around the world will reverberate, Mr. Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life. May God forgive you for what you have done, not only to me but to beloved Russia and its people."Putin responded:
"A death of a man is always a tragedy and I deplore this," Putin said when asked about Litvinenko during a news conference after summit talks with European Union leaders.
Putin said the fact that Litvinenko's statement was released only after his death showed it was a "provocation."
"It's extremely regrettable that such a tragic event as death is being used for political provocation," he said.
What the world sees, is a function of the media that filters such a story. With the case occuring in Britain, still the home of a vibrant free press, there may be future developments that come across from autopsy reports, and police investigations.
But it is doubtful, in today's world, that the truth of this heinous, barbaric and chilling act, will ever be known.
(Too bad: it's hard to tell that Mr. Litvinenko wasn't an Iraqi, talking about President Bush)