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How was Dr Kelly silenced?

The UK Defence Secretary tried to prevent Dr David Kelly from telling the truth about Iraq's weapons programme.

When Dr Kelly was called as a witness before the official inquiry investigating the case for war on Iraq, the government secretly intervened to forbid the scientist from answering any questions about weapons of mass destruction. Dr Kelly knew the government's claims about Iraqi weapons were not true. This is why the government banned their own top expert from sharing his expertise on Iraqi WMD.

The records show that the government, and the intelligence services, and the military, were desperate to stop Dr Kelly from exposing any more of their lies about the motives for invading Iraq. A few days later Dr Kelly went missing, and the day afterwards police found his dead body lying in the woods near his home.

In these suspicious circumstances, no wonder so many people suspect that Dr Kelly was murdered. Yet not one source anywhere in the mainstream media has mentioned the possibility that Dr Kelly was assassinated.


The Times (UK), "Hoon sought to control questions asked of Kelly", page 8, 22 August 2003.
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    GEOFF HOON was under new pressure yesterday after the Hutton inquiry was told that he had set firm conditions on David Kelly’s appearance before the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee.
    The Defence Secretary said that Dr Kelly, whose name had been revealed a few days earlier, should be questioned on Andrew Gilligan’s evidence to that committee, and not on the wider issue of weapons of mass destruction and the preparation of the Iraqi dossier. He also suggested that Dr Kelly should be questioned for no more than 45 minutes.
    “As Dr Kelly was leaving, I said to him ‘What will happen if Iraq is invaded?’ and his reply was — which I took at the time to be a throwaway remark — he said: ‘I will probably be found dead in the woods’,” the inquiry was told.
    The comment is open to several interpretations. [[Such as? Assassination perhaps? The Times is, as ever the establishment newspaper.]]
    Mr Broucher's disclosures raise questions far beyond those yet touched by the inquiry. [[Like what what? who wanted Dr Kelly silenced?]]

The Guardian (UK), "Hoon's bid to muzzle Kelly puts political career on line", page 8, 22 August 2003.
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    Geoff Hoon faced growing political pressure last night after evidence emerged that he intervened to prevent David Kelly voicing his outspoken views about Downing Street's controversial arms dossier to MPs.
    As the defence secretary prepares to fight for his political life when he appears before Lord Hutton next week, the inquiry yesterday published a letter in which he requested the foreign affairs select committee not to ask Dr Kelly about "the wider issue of Iraqi WMD" and on the preparation of the dossier.
    Mr Hoon's attempt to block an awkward line of questioning by MPs was made on July 11 - four days after he was advised by his most senior civil servant that Dr Kelly "might say some uncomfortable things about some specific items about which he had views". Sir Kevin Tebbit, the Ministry of Defence permanent secretary, warned that Dr Kelly believed the controversial 45 minute claim to be wrong.
    To add to Mr Hoon's woes, Donald Anderson, the Labour chairman of the committee, indicated that he may even have tried to silence the scientist. Appearing before the inquiry yesterday, Mr Anderson said he learnt that Dr Kelly was subjected to an "extensive [MoD] briefing" before his grilling by MPs which went "well beyond the parameters" set out to him by Mr Hoon.
    This is a reference to a government document, disclosed to the inquiry on Wednesday, in which an MoD official said that Dr Kelly had been instructed not to talk about Iraq's arsenal. Written by Colin Smith the day before Dr Kelly's appearance before MPs on July 15, the memo said that Martin Howard, the deputy chief of defence intelligence, would "strongly recommend [to Dr] Kelly [that he] is not drawn on his assessment of the dossier".

The Times, "I will probably be found dead in the woods, Kelly predicted", front-page, 22 August 2003.
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    DAVID KELLY predicted six months ago, "I will probably be found dead in the woods", the inquiry into his death was told yesterday.
There were gasps from the public gallery in the High Court when David Broucher, a senior diplomat, recalled how, on the eve of the Iraq war, the government weapons expert had foreseen the circumstances of his death.
Dr Kelly’s body was found with an open packet of painkillers and a bladed instrument by his side, in woods at Harrowdown Hill near his home in Southmoor, Oxfordshire, on July 18.
    A surprise witness, Mr Broucher, a former Ambassador to Prague, recounted a conversation he had at a meeting with Dr Kelly in Geneva about three weeks before the war.
    In an e-mail to the Foreign Office about the inquiry, Mr Broucher said: "I may have something relevant to contribute that I have been straining to recover from a very deep memory hole."

The Guardian, "I will probably be found dead in the woods, Kelly predicted", front-page, 22 August 2003.
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    The weapons specialist, Dr David Kelly, said six months ago that he would "probably be found dead in the woods" if the American and British invasion of Iraq went ahead, Lord Hutton's inquiry was told yesterday.
    His chilling prediction of his own death during a conversation with the British diplomat David Broucher in Geneva in February, throws new light on his state of mind about the row over Britain's role in the Iraq war.
    The disclosure of Dr Kelly's unease about the Iraq war even before the invasion on March 20 undermines assumptions that his apparent suicide was tied to recent events, principally the pressure he came under last month over his conversations with the BBC reporter, Andrew Gilligan.
    Dr Kelly's body was found in woods near his home last month.
Towards the end of Lord Hutton's inquiry yesterday, Mr Broucher, British ambassador to the disarmament conference in Geneva, made a surprise appearance.
    He said he had sent an email to Patrick Lamb, his boss at the Foreign Office, on August 5, recalling a chance conversation with Dr Kelly at disarmament talks in February, in which he set out his concerns.
    A government memo published yesterday showed that Mr Hoon tried to stop Dr Kelly talking about weapons of mass destruction when he appeared before the Commons foreign affairs select committee.
    Mr Broucher said that Dr Kelly thought that the UN weapons inspectors could gain a good idea of the state of the Iraqi arsenal because the Iraqis had learned during the British colonial days to keep full written records. That assessment runs counter to the US, which insisted inspectors were wasting their efforts.
    ...he had tried to persuade them to comply with the inspectors in order to avoid invasion.

The Telegraph (UK), "I asked Dr Kelly what would happen if Iraq was invaded and he replied, in a throwaway line, that he would probably be found dead in the woods", front-page, 22 August 2003.
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    David Kelly predicted the circumstances of his death five months before he apparently committed suicide, the Hutton Inquiry heard yesterday.
    A Foreign Office diplomat related a conversation, held on Feb 27, during which Dr Kelly told him that he would "probably be found dead in the woods" if the Anglo-American coalition invaded Iraq.
    On July 18 the scientist's body was discovered next to woodland near his home in south Oxfordshire. He had bled to death after apparently slitting his left wrist.
    He told the inquiry: "I asked him what would happen if Iraq was invaded. His reply was one which, at the time, I took to be a throwaway remark. He said, 'I will probably be found dead in the woods'."
    The disclosure, from a witness apparently introduced at the last minute, evoked gasps in Court 73 of the Royal Courts of Justice. Mr Broucher said that at the time he imagined Dr Kelly was speaking of a potential threat from the Iraqis but now felt that he "may have been thinking along different lines".
    The remarks show Dr Kelly's disquiet over the document months before he mentioned his concerns to three BBC journalists, including Andrew Gilligan.


The Guardian, "Emails show how No 10 constructed case for war", 23 August 2003.
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    Two radically different versions of what happened inside Downing Street in September last year in the run-up to the war with Iraq emerged this week from Lord Hutton's inquiry.
    The version that Downing Street presented to the public at the time was of a prime minister struggling to avoid war, intent on working within international law by going through the United Nations, and hinting that Britain was acting as a check on the wilder and more belligerent elements within Washington.
    Instead, the thoughts expressed in the emails convey a frantic attempt to produce a dossier that will justify aggressive action against Saddam Hussein. Within the space of a fortnight and with almost no new evidence - other than the now infamous "45-minute warning" - Mr Blair's aides turned British policy towards Iraq upside down.

The Guardian, "It's official - Saddam was not an imminent threat", 23 August 2003.
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    Hutton's remit was narrow - yet he has exposed the truth about the Iraq war
    The inquiry has already established beyond doubt that, despite government briefing that Dr Kelly was a medium-level official of little significance, he was in fact one of the world's leading experts on WMD in Iraq.
    If there was no imminent threat, then Dr Blix could have been given the time he required. He may well have succeeded in ending all Iraq's WMD programmes - just as he succeeded in dismantling 60-plus ballistic missiles.

Daily Telegraph, "Blair duped us on Iraq WMD say two thirds of the public", 24 August 2003.
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    More than two thirds of voters believe, from what they have heard so far in the Hutton Inquiry into the death of Dr David Kelly, that they were deceived by the Government about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.
    The findings of an ICM poll for The Telegraph are a severe blow to Tony Blair four days before he is due to appear before the inquiry. The poll also shows that 56 per cent of voters blame the Government for Dr Kelly's believed suicide, although 40 per cent believe the weapons scientist bore responsibility for his own death.

The Debate - "Iraq war: the real motives"
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