In July 2003, the body of former United Nations weapons inspector Dr. David Kelly was found in the woods, near his home in Oxfordshire, England. Kelly had, shortly before this, been outed as the source of a BBC news report on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. Kelly, it would seem, disagreed with the government of Tony Blair that Saddam Hussein had ready access to an arsenal of rockets that could be launched “within 45 minutes.” He told this to the press… and a few days later, he was found dead.
Questions were raised immediately, but the official investigation, known as the Hutton Inquiry, declared suicide. Kelly, they surmised, had taken 29 painkillers, and slit his left wrist with a knife which he had had since childhood. Some, however, don’t buy it. They, I guess, find it odd that the knife had no fingerprints on it, or that there didn’t appear to be very much blood at the scene. But, Lord Hutton said it was suicide, and that was that. Oh, and he also, we just learned today, went the further step of sealing the post mortem report for 70 years… Here’s a clip from the Daily Mail:
…In a draconian – and highly unusual – order, Lord Hutton, the peer who chaired the controversial inquiry into the Dr Kelly scandal, has secretly barred the release of all medical records, including the results of the post mortem, and unpublished evidence.
The move, which will stoke fresh speculation about the true circumstances of Dr Kelly’s death, comes just days before Tony Blair appears before the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War.
It is also bound to revive claims of an establishment cover-up and fresh questions about the verdict that Dr Kelly killed himself…
The truly amazing thing to me isn’t that Kelly was killed, if indeed that’s what happened, but that the same fate didn’t befall Joe Wilson, the former U.S. ambassador who first raised the possibility that we were being lied into war on this side of the Atlantic. Who knows… maybe if Kelly’s wife had been a CIA agent, he would have survived as well.