New Britain, CT, August 22, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- The recent blockbuster news story that Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned by polonium was itself a fabrication. That's the conclusion of William Dunkerley, author of The Phony Litvinenko Murder published by Omnicom Press. Dunkerley had set out to examine distortions about the Alexander Litvinenko case in recent news stories. They appeared in the extensive coverage of new developments about the 2004 death of Yasser Arafat.
When Dunkerley looked into that coverage, he found that the surprising stories that Arafat, like Litvinenko, may have died of polonium poisoning were fabricated. Dunkerley's findings appear in a report titled "Al-Jazeera, Others Spread Counterfactual Stories about Litvinenko, Arafat." It was published on OpEdNews.com, and can be seen at: bit.ly/SIELMw.
The Arafat news stories cited laboratory findings of the Institute of Radiation Physics in Switzerland. Dunkerley's research indicates that the news stories distort what the Institute actually had to say. In his report, Dunkerley presents a comparison of what the media reported and what was really contained in the scientific report. Dunkerley traces the distorted stories back to coverage that originated with Al-Jazeera.
On Litvinenko, Dunkerley quotes Al-Jazeera: "Polonium was used to kill Alexander Litvinenko, a one time Russian spy turned dissident." But according to Dunkerley's book, The Phony Litvinenko Murder (www.omnicompress.com/plm), Litvinenko never was a spy, he didn't work for the KGB, and the London coroner has never concluded that his death was a homicide, nor that polonium was the cause of death.