Dr Kelly predicted his own assassination
"I asked him what would happen then. He replied, in a throwaway line,
he would probably be found dead in the woods."
The British government's top expert on Iraq's weapons programme knew
his life would be in danger after the war, the official inquiry into
the death of Dr David Kelly heard today.
As Britain's leading expert on the subject, Dr Kelly knew there were
no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. He feared he would be
assassinated if he betrayed the government by exposing their excuse
for invading Iraq as a fraud.
David Broucher, the former British ambassador to Prague, told the
Hutton inquiry that Dr Kelly had confided in him during a meeting in
Geneva. The scientist was worried about being "found dead in the
Dr Kelly's prediction was chillingly accurate. Had he been warned?
Within a few days of being exposed as the "mole" who told journalists
that the government lied about the reasons for invading Iraq, Dr
Kelly's body was found by police in the woods a mile from his home. He
had bled to death.
Two key facts stand out from the evidence given today by the senior
British diplomat Mr Broucher, both of which are being played down in a
damage limitation exercise by officials through the mass media.
Firstly, it is indisputable that what Dr Kelly was referring to was a
fear of being assassinated, and moreover in a manner wholly consistent
with the actual circumstances of his death. Secondly, it emerged that
Dr Kelly had personally assured Iraqi officials that their country
would not be attacked as long as they complied with United Nations
weapons inspections, which proves beyond any doubt that, in the
opinion of this man who was more qualified than any other to know,
there was no WMD threat in Iraq.
Mr Broucher made it clear that he did not think Dr Kelly was referring
to Iraqi assassins. Tonight's TV news reports implied the opposite and
ommitted this part of his statement, which is quoted below beneath the
primary source for this article.
When you read tomorrow's headlines spare a thought for David. Pause
for a moment to consider recent events, because history remember this
as defining period in the dawn of the new millennium and the end of
the present era.
BBC News, "Kelly's talk of death in the woods", 21 August 2003.
[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3170593.stm ]
"The implication was that if the invasion went ahead, that would
make him a liar and he would have betrayed his contacts, some of whom
might be killed as a direct result of his actions," he said.
"I asked him what would happen then. He replied, in a throwaway
line, he would probably be found dead in the woods."
Mr Broucher said he had thought Dr Kelly was talking about
possible Iraqi vengeance.
"I now see that he may have been thinking on rather different
lines," he added.
BBC News, "Kelly revelation shocks press bench", 21 August 2003.
[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3171477.stm ]
It takes a lot to shock journalists, but a UK diplomat's
revelation that Dr David Kelly had told him he would probably be
"found dead in the woods" if the UK invaded Iraq did just that.
An audible gasp went up as David Broucher told the Hutton inquiry
how the weapons expert had made what he thought was a "throwaway"
remark during a meeting in Geneva.
This low-voiced former British ambassador to Prague - now a
permanent representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva -
had until Thursday morning not even been expected to give evidence.
Even the stenographer's note had prepared us for another witness -
Ben Bradshaw, the government minister.
Until this mystery man's appearance it had been a fairly
Daily Mirror, "MoD officials slam dossier spin", front page, 12 August
Dr Kelly WAS top Iraq weapons expert
The inquiry also heard that Dr David Kelly, dismissed as a Walter
Mitty fantasist by a No10 spokesman, was in fact Whitehall's leading
expert on Iraqi weapons programmes and one of the world's most
Daily Telegraph, "Dr Kelly found out how lonely it can be at the top",
11 August 2003.
Dr Kelly belonged to the Scientific Civil Service, in which he had
spent most of his life, progressing by merit and hard work to the top
of his career ladder.
The Debate - "Who's Next? Iran or Syria?"
[ http://www.thedebate.org/thedebate/who_next.asp ]
The Debate - "Iraq War Motives"
[ http://www.thedebate.org/ ]