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Ten years ago (yesterday), Dr Kelly's body was found. The subsequent cover-up is one of the great scandals of our age

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Ten years ago (yesterday), Dr Kelly's body was found. The subsequent cover-up is one of the great scandals of our age

Post by Google.Gaspar.Statements on 19.07.16 4:57

By Stephen Glover for the Daily Mail


Published: 00:31, 18 July 2013 | Updated: 00:31, 18 July 2013



Ten years ago this morning, the body of a man was discovered in a wood near his Oxfordshire home.
His name was Dr David Kelly, a weapons expert working for the Ministry of Defence. His left wrist had been slashed. 
Six weeks earlier, a BBC reporter called Andrew Gilligan had alleged that the Blair Government ‘sexed up’ its dossier making the case for war against Iraq. The Ministry of Defence subsequently identified Dr Kelly as his source. Days before his death, government spokesmen effectively revealed his name to the media.
Ten years have passed, and we still do not know for certain why or how Dr Kelly died. The official verdict of suicide was delivered not by a coroner, as should have been Dr Kelly’s right under English law, but by a judge, Lord Hutton, in an inquiry set up by the Blair Government. 
There are many anomalies, inconsistencies and dark passages in this story — so many that I have to pinch myself to remember that it did not happen in China or Russia but in Britain, where the rule of law, and decency, are supposed to prevail.
An inquest did open into Dr Kelly’s death, on July 21, 2003. But three weeks later, the then Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, ordered it to be adjourned indefinitely.
This is the same Lord Falconer who, so Lord Hutton has just confirmed, telephoned the judge only three hours after the discovery of Dr Kelly’s body to ask him to chair an inquiry into the scientist’s death. 
And it is the same Lord Falconer who that same morning of July 18 had two telephone conversations with his former flatmate, patron and friend, Tony Blair, who was on an aeroplane from Washington to Tokyo.
Lord Falconer correctly believed he had identified a tame judge friendly to the Establishment. In due course, Lord Hutton returned his verdict of suicide, absolved the Government of any responsibility for Dr Kelly’s death, and declared that Mr Blair, and his sidekick Alastair Campbell, had not exaggerated the case for war.


That last contention is now disbelieved by about nine-tenths of sentient beings. I suspect that when Sir John Chilcot finally delivers his report into the Iraq war next year — it has been delayed by obstructive civil servants defending Mr Blair’s interests — the remaining one-tenth will be forced to come around.
But the lack of an inquest into Dr Kelly’s death (which forms no part of Sir John’s remit) remains an outrage. Only in a handful of previous cases has a public inquiry overridden an inquest, and then only when there have been multiple deaths, such as in a rail crash.
Lord Hutton is not a coroner, and in the view of many observers he did not investigate the causes of Dr Kelly’s death as thoroughly as a practised coroner would have done. For example, he did not call the police officer heading the investigation into Dr Kelly’s death, Chief Inspector Alan Young.


An inquest did open into Dr Kelly's death, on July 21, 2003. But three weeks later, the then Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, ordered it to be adjourned indefinitely


Lord Falconer correctly believed he had identified a tame judge friendly to the Establishment. In due course, Lord Hutton returned his verdict of suicide, absolving the Government of any responsibility for Dr Kelly's death
Nor did he summon the scientist’s close friend, Mai Pedersen, who would have been able to tell him that Dr Kelly had a weak right arm. In her opinion he was incapable of cutting steak, let alone his left wrist.
My point is not that Lord Hutton would have returned a different verdict had he weighed the evidence more exhaustively. It is that the scientist’s death was not examined as it should have been, and so there must be a proper inquest. Unfortunately, the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, sympathetic to the idea in opposition, has changed his mind — or had it changed for him.
On the whole, I don’t think Dr Kelly was murdered. I say that because even in Blair’s and Campbell’s and Falconer’s Britain I don’t believe that agents of the State went around bumping off patriotic and decent civil servants who knew embarrassing secrets.
But perhaps I am being hopelessly naive. It has to be conceded that, in addition to Mai Pedersen’s testimony, there are several fragments of evidence which are not easy to explain away, and should therefore be scrutinised in a coroner’s court. 
For example, doctors challenging the suicide verdict have argued that Dr Kelly could not possibly have bled to death by severing the tiny artery he supposedly cut with a blunt knife. Two ambulance crew members early on the scene have testified that there was very little blood when they arrived.


The lack of an inquest into Dr Kelly's death remains an outrage. Only in a handful of previous cases has a public inquiry overridden an inquest, and then only when there have been multiple deaths, such as in a rail crash
Freedom of Information requests carried out since Lord Hutton’s inquiry have established that there were no fingerprints on the five items found by Dr Kelly’s body, including the knife. No gloves were found on his body, or in the vicinity.
One theory is that spooks arriving to find Dr Kelly dead cleaned up the crime scene, and tampered with the evidence. That possibility obviously prompts a new set of disturbing questions.
It may well be, of course, that there is an answer to all these and other oddities, and that Dr Kelly, shocked by being suddenly thrown into the limelight, and devastated after being disowned by his employers at the Ministry of Defence, did take his own life.
But only a myopic Blair stooge could dismiss this evidence without it being tested by a coroner. Is it possible that the ‘dark forces’ to which the Queen allegedly once referred in the context of Princess Diana’s death were at work in respect of Dr Kelly?

Lord Hutton is not a coroner, and in the view of many observers he did not investigate the causes of Dr Kelly's death as thoroughly as a practised coroner would have done
Interestingly, a freelance journalist called Miles Goslett, who has unearthed much useful information about this case, has discovered that all the medical and scientific records relating to Dr Kelly have been secretly sealed for 70 years. That seems a bit over the top, even in secrecy-obsessed Britain.
As I say, I’m not a natural conspiracy theorist, and I can’t easily accept the idea that this loyal civil servant was murdered by the British State. Much more likely, it seems to me, he was at least partly driven to suicide after being disowned by the MoD, and outed by spin doctors answerable to Alastair Campbell. 
They couldn’t bear that he had told the truth to a BBC journalist, and one way or another they were determined to destroy him. If he wasn’t murdered, he was effectively hounded to his death. 
David Kelly lies in a perfect English churchyard in a lovely Oxfordshire village, far from the machinations of spooks and the lies of politicians. One way or another, this decent man was betrayed by the government for which he worked. 
He’s not the only victim. His unexplained death, and the lies of Blair and Campbell which lured us into a futile and probably illegal war, have contributed greatly to the public’s disenchantment with politicians and the political process. 
Perhaps Sir John Chilcot will eventually tell us the truth about Iraq. But the full truth of this tragic episode in our history will not be revealed unless there is an inquest into David Kelly’s death. 
The Government or spooks or dark forces continue to resist. Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell continue to be treated as respectable figures. And David Kelly, a man who served the State, which killed him in one way or another, continues to be betrayed.

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sensiblegirl, london, United Kingdom, 2 years ago
I know something of the case and I know that Personnel in the MoD spoke to him a week or so before he died. They would have not stood by him in the circumstances in which he found himself. The MoD isn't like that. they probably threatened that he'd lose his pension and it distressed him so much he killed himself...


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Freedom-Fighter, Cheltenham, 2 years ago
The Iraq War inquiry is set to criticise Blair's involvement in the War hopefully the first step to a trial in the Hague for starting an illegal War


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DomDom, London, United Kingdom, 2 years ago
Blair is a disgrace. The only people I have ever come into contact with that actually like the guy are foreigners. How weird is that?


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danboy, Málaga, Spain, 2 years ago
Amazed the Mail is not working to it´s usual establishment script!!


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Gerry1, Shaftesbury, 2 years ago
Either Dr Kelly killed himself or somebody else killed him. If he did kill himself the anomalies and the exact details of how are irrelevant. The only alternative is a huge conspiracy involving the then government and a number of government agencies and supposedly independent offical bodies. There are certainly some indications that he was finding the stress unbearable although these are not conclusive. Whether his hand was so weak that the was incapable of feeding himself seems prima facie unlikely, although if true it would have sinister implications for instance. A proper inquest would have cleared up a number of doubts and inconsistencies. Finally Dr Kelly had no special secret knowledge of Iraqi weapondry or its deployment so there was no treal reason for any outside agency to kill him to shut him up. Murder by persons unknown seems therefore to be a very unlikely verdict.


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Alan, Huddersfield, 2 years ago
Think how long it took for the Hillsborough cover up to be exposed, and it still isn't done with yet.


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Freedom-Fighter, Cheltenham, 2 years ago
The Inquiry into the Iraq War is set to criticise Blair's conduct, hopefully the first step on the way to Blair's indictment at the Hague for starting an illegal war


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Cameron, Lambourn, 2 years ago
According to a Guardian (16/8/08) report on the inquest into Diana's death, "Burrell now denies that the Queen ever used the phrase "dark forces" at work, though those words appear in his book."


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iclgglass, Lichfield, United Kingdom, 3 years ago
It is my perception that the government sexed up the case for war. Opinion polls showed that 80% in favour of a second UN resolution before going to war was turned into 64 % in favour of war without the resolution and we then went to war. John Scarlet, a hard working civil servant who provided the government with incorrect intelligence about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which was then presented to the public as a fact received an OBE for his services after the event. The problem is Hoon, the then defence secretary and a barrister, beats Gilligan, a journalist, in a debate because Gilligan overstates his case like a journalist.


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jimboin, Preston, United Kingdom, 3 years ago
Probably written to deflect attention from the sale of our Blood Services to the yanks, beware future blood products coming in from America.

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Re: Ten years ago (yesterday), Dr Kelly's body was found. The subsequent cover-up is one of the great scandals of our age

Post by hentie on 19.07.16 10:42

I remember very clearly two ambulance crew being interviewed on early morning television.
Having seen and heard their description of the scene when they arrived, I was in no doubt that Dr Kelly did not take his own life.
He had asked for more time to continue looking for WMD. He had stated none had been found nor evidence of any.
It seems that extra time was not given. Blair was determined to go to war.
I believe this matter should be reviewed. Dr Kelly was named and let down in the most atrocious way.
Blair is a liar. 
Only when he was PM did we learn of 'spin doctors' who glossed over his deceptions and lies.
The Chilcot Enquiry laid open a lot of facts of the matter re the Iraq war. 
I believe there is more to uncover re Dr Kelly's death.

In my opinion only.

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10 Years since Dr. Kelly's death?

Post by willowthewisp on 19.07.16 10:45

Yes it is truly disgusting that,Falconer,Blair,Campbell,Mandelson,Hoon and Straw are still walking around the earth after the actions they have imposed to the UK History in regard to Iraq and the Middle East conflicts they openly pursued!?
May you Rest In Peace Dr David Kelly,hounded by the above cohorts over his evidence to the public, you never deserved to be treated that way,take a good look at your selves the next time you look in the Mirror,Falconer,Blair!
Another person who met an early Demise,Robin Cook,now why would that be Tony?

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Post by hentie on 19.07.16 10:51

@willowthewisp wrote:Yes it is truly disgusting that,Falconer,Blair,Campbell,Mandelson,Hoon and Straw are still walking around the earth after the actions they have imposed to the UK History in regard to Iraq and the Middle East conflicts they openly pursued!?
May you Rest In Peace Dr David Kelly,hounded by the above cohorts over his evidence to the public, you never deserved to be treated that way,take a good look at your selves the next time you look in the Mirror,Falconer,Blair!
Another person who met an early Demise,Robin Cook,now why would that be Tony?
They called him 'Teflon Tony'
THEY knew what he was up to and getting away with.
THEY should speak up.
Or THEY are as guilty as him.

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Post by Angelique on 19.07.16 12:03

Yes I remember Dr. David Kelly. 

I also think he was the first casualty in the Iraq War.

My Partner stated at the time that he read his home was raided and searched right down to removing the wall paper. Whether this was before he died or after I am not sure. Also that his wife and family were made to leave the property while the search was carried out.

This does not sound like they were searching for a suicide note more like evidence of something.

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