Famed microbiologist and UN weapons inspector Dr. David Kelly became the centre of a dispute between the BBC and the UK government over claims that the government had “sexed up” its dossier on Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction in order to sell the Iraq war to the public. He was found dead on Harrowdown Hill on July 18, 2003. It was ruled a suicide. Today we look at the troubling discrepancies, inconsistencies and questions surrounding that official verdict, and broach the question of what secrets Dr. Kelly may have taken to the grave…
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Documentation – The Strange Death of David Kelly by Norman Baker
A review of Baker’s book on the Kelly case, that includes such tidbits as the fact that the police investigation into Kelly’s death — named “Operation Mason” — actually began 9 hours before he was reported missing.
Documentation – Drug expert claims David Kelly was murdered as he could not have taken overdose
“Dr Andrew Watt, an experienced clinical pharmacologist, says he has told Thames Valley Police it is not possible Dr Kelly could have swallowed more than a ‘safe’ dose of two coproxamol tablets because there was so little in his system after death.”
Documentation – David Kelly postmortem reveals injuries were self-inflicted
The Guardian reports on the UK government’s decision to release the post-mortem that Hutton had tried to seal. You can read the document via this link, and discover that it contains no breakthrough information about the case.