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The late David Kelly
LONDON – The director-general of MI5, Jonathan Evans, is warning any attempt to hold a new inquest into the death of government scientist David Kelly could damage the relationship between Britain’s intelligence services and the CIA and other foreign services, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The warning follows the revelation by six doctors in Britain that they have spent six years gathering evidence to show that Kelly was murdered. They are seeking a groundbreaking legal action to demand a new investigation into the scientist’s death.
Kelly was head of the microbiology department at Britain’s chemical and biological research center at Porton Down.
He was found dead at a beauty spot near his home in Southmoor, Oxfordshire, in 2003, days after he was named as a source of a story contending Tony Blair’s government “sexed up” its dossier on Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction to justify invading Iraq.
The government-sponsored Hutton Inquiry into Kelly’s death concluded he committed suicide. In one final phone conversation, he told a caller he “would not be surprised if my body was found in the woods.”
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The original inquest by the Oxfordshire coroner, Nicholas Gardiner, was suspended before it could open. A decision was taken by the then Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer – Britain’s chief Law Lord – that the ancient Coroners Act would be used to allow the Hutton Inquiry “to fulfill the function of an inquest.”
During its lengthy hearing, former intelligence officers were called to testify, including Sir John Scarlett, head of MI6. But no evidence was given about Kelly’s own intelligence background.
Medical investigators, however, have been told that during his career Kelly had been sent by both MI5 and MI6 to work for the CIA, FBI and Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service. He was a regular visitor to Port Detrick, the U.S. biological warfare department, and also worked with the South African specialist in biochemical warfare, Wouter Basson. MI6 had allowed Kelly to set up a safe house for Basson near Ascot racecourse in Berkshire, where he met Larry Ford, who had been recruited by the CIA.
None of Kelly’s contacts on the secret operations entrusted to him by the spy chiefs was ever revealed at the Hutton Inquiry.
The six doctors include Michael Powers, one of Britain’s leading Queen’s Counsel and a former coroner. Another is a distinguished trauma surgeon, David Halpin. Andrew Rouse is an epidemiologist, a leading expert on suicide committed by cutting the wrist – the cause of death given by the Hutton Inquiry. Another member of the medical team is a surgeon, Martin Birnstead. Two other doctors complete the team, Stephen Frost and Christ Burns-Cox.
Frost said, “We have amassed hundreds of documents to support our case and there is a strong need to have the inquest into Dr. Kelly reopened.”