"I will probably be found dead in the woods" -David Kelly
WHO WAS DAVID KELLY?
David Christopher Kelly, CMG (14 May 1944–17 July 2003) was
an employee of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MoD), an expert in biological warfare and a former United Nations weapons
inspector in Iraq. Kelly's discussion with BBC Radio 4 Today programme journalist Andrew
Gilligan about the British government's dossier on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq
inadvertently caused a major political scandal.
Kelly's experience of weapons inspections led to him being asked
to proofread sections of the draft dossier on the history of inspections. Kelly was unhappy with some of the claims in the
draft, particularly a claim, originating from August 2002, that Iraq was capable of firing battlefield biological and chemical
weapons within 45 minutes of an order to use them
Dr Kelly's body was found in a wooded
area near his home in mid July after he had been revealed as the source of a BBC report alleging that the office of the Prime
Minister, Tony Blair, had "sexed up" last September's prewar Iraqi weapons dossier.
Intelligence Insider says "Kelly was murdered"
Shrimpton, a UK national security lawyer who was a guest on the show, revealed that sources within MI5 and MI6 are `furious'
that Kelly was murdered.
Shrimpton spoke in depth about the details of Kelly's murder on 17th July 2003, information
which has been withheld by the British press.
With apparent backing from the organisations whose members he claims
to speak for, Shrimpton presented their view that Dr Kelly had been murdered by a team of assassins and the charade of an
apparent suicide was then played out to cover this up.
Speaking with impeccable credentials, including contributions
to the Journal for International Security Affairs and having previously given a closed-doors confidential briefing
to the US Senate Intelligence Committee, Shrimpton exploded the much-reported myth that Dr Kelly had taken his own life.
He spoke of the probable method of Kelly's death, the group which most likely carried out the assassination, who arranged
it and finally where the responsibility lies. Additionally, he explained the political context and motive for Kelly's murder.
David Kelly went missing on 17th July 2003 and was found dead on 18th July. In the previous days, Kelly had testified
before Parliament's Foreign Affairs Select Committee that he was not the source of a BBC story which had accused the Government
of making false claims about Iraq's WMD. When Kelly's body was found, the British press quickly reported it as a suicide,
though several analysts had their doubts.
On Jones' show, Shrimpton explained how he had learned that David Kelly
was the BBC's source before the BBC disclosed this fact. He went on to explain that his source from within the intelligence
community knew David Kelly personally, and did not believe that he had committed suicide. After making their own enquiries,
says Shrimpton, this source determined that Dr Kelly had not committed suicide, but rather had been assassinated.
Apparently at ease to discuss these explosive disclosures, Shrimpton explained that there was advance knowledge of Kelly's
death in Whitehall, but that the deed itself was most likely carried out by the French external security organisation, DGSE.
There was no indication that anybody in MI5 or MI6 had been involved. He went further by suggesting that the hit squad itself
was composed of Iraqis from the former regime's Mukhabarat intelligence organisation, recruited from Damascus with the help
of Syria's own intelligence apparatus. They were apparently then flown into Corsica, seven days prior to the murder. He doubts
that any of the hit-squad are still alive.
Officially, Kelly's body was said to have been found in a copse, in
a wood, but the forensic tents were set up in the adjacent field, suggesting, says Shrimpton, that the body was found
in the field. This has not been explained to his satisfaction.
The incision in Kelly's wrist was probably to conceal
the injection of both Dextroprypoxythene, the active ingredient in Co-Proxamol, and Succinylcholine, a muscle relaxant, rather
than as evidence of his bleeding to death, as highlighted by a group of six doctors in letters published in the British press. Shrimpton further agreed with the doctors by pointing out that Kelly only had one Co-Proxamol tablet
in his body and that this was not sufficient to kill him.
According to Shrimpton, Kelly was murdered because he
had been talking to the press and there was a fear of what else he might discuss with journalists. Furthermore, Kelly was
due to return to Iraq and may have learned fresh information on that trip which Whitehall could not afford to trust him with.
Shrimpton's appearance on Jones' show gave him the first public opportunity to bring forward his information,
since the story has been effectively censored by the British Press, who according to Shrimpton are concerned about losing
the pro-Euro Tony Blair as Prime Minister were they to publish details of Kelly's assassination. Blair's departure, he says,
could threaten Britain's proposed adoption of the Euro as the national currency.
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