A lawyer for Alexander Litvinenko's widow says he was working with MI6 and Spanish intelligence on alleged Russian state ties to organized crime
Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY
11:31AM EST December 13. 2012 - Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB spy who was poisoned in 2006, was working for the British secret service at the time and was likely poisoned by the Russian government, according to documents presented at a coroner's hearing on Thursday, the British media reported.
Lawyers for Marina Litvinenko said her husband was "a paid agent and employee of MI6" at the time of his death and, at the British secret service's instigation, was working for Spanish intelligence providing information on Russian state involvement in organized crime, The Guardianreported.
Litvinenko died in London after ingesting polonium-210, allegedly during a meeting at a restaurant with ex-KGB contacts Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun, the BBC reported.
Ben Emmerson, a lawyer representing Litvinenko's widow Marina, told the coroner, Sir Robert Owen, that the inquest that opens in May will hear evidence that the murdered man had been working for the British secret services under the direction of an MI6 handler who used the pseudonym "Martin."