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投稿者 木村愛二 日時 2003 年 7 月 18 日 19:11:55:

英タイムズ最新:政府補佐官ケリー博士(59歳。BBCにイラク情報粉飾告発)行方不明。議会で証言する写真入り。

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1-749529,00.html

July 18, 2003
Iraq dossier 'mole' reported missing by family
by pa news

photo: Dr David Kelly giving evidence to MPs this week

Dr David Kelly, 59, the government adviser named as the possible "mole" for a BBC report on the Government's Iraq dossier, has been reported missing by his family, police said today.

Dr Kelly went missing from his home near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, at around 3pm yesterday after telling his wife he was going for a walk, Thames Valley Police said.

The family called police when he had failed to return by 11.45pm last night.

Dr Kelly faced a grilling on Tuesday by MPs on the Foreign Affairs Committee about what he told BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan, who filed the original report claiming that the Government had "sexed up" the weapons dossier.

Thames Valley Police today appealed for help from the public to trace Dr Kelly, of Faringdon Road, Southmoor, Abingdon.

Acting Superintendent Dave Purnell, of Abingdon police, said: "We are concerned for Dr Kelly's welfare and need to hear from anyone who recalls seeing a man of this description in the area since yesterday afternoon.

"Due to the bad weather and the fact it is unlikely he was wearing a coat he would have been distinctive and people who may have seen him in the area are urged to contact police as soon as possible."

Police said that his disappearance and failure to make contact with anyone was described by his family as "out of character".

Initial searches of his house, outbuildings and grounds were completed in the early hours of this morning. A police helicopter has been deployed as part of the search.

Checks of local hospitals have also shown no trace.

Dr Kelly is 5ft 8ins, of slim build and with grey receding hair and a white well-trimmed beard.

He has green/grey eyes and was last seen wearing an off-white cotton shirt possibly striped, blue jeans, with a brown leather belt and brown shoes.

He was described by police as an avid walker with good local knowledge of the many footpaths surrounding his home, which is near the River Thames.

Police said it was not unusual for him to walk for two or three hours at a time, but unusual for him to do this alone. Anyone who may have information that can help in tracing Dr Kelly should call police on 08458 505 505.

A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said: "We are aware that Dr David Kelly has gone missing and we are obviously concerned."

Dr Kelly faced some tough questioning when he appeared before MPs this week. His appearance prompted an angry reaction from MPs on the committee who claimed that he had been "set up" by the Ministry of Defence, which had previously released a statement suggesting that he might have been the source.

Dr Kelly admitted he had met Mr Gilligan a week before he broadcast his story on the Radio 4 Today programme about the Iraq dossier.

But he said he did not think he could have been the source for the story, which became the subject of a bitter row between the Government, the BBC and critics of the war on Iraq.

Dr Kelly told MPs that Mr Gilligan's account of his conversation with his source for the story was so different from their conversation that he did not believe that he could be the source.

He told MPs: "From the conversation I had I don't see how he could make the authoritative statements he was making from the comments that I made."

Dr Kelly, who works in the MoD's counter-proliferation and arms control secretariat, said he had contacted his line manager after Mr Gilligan gave evidence to the committee because he thought it was possible he was the source.

He said they had met in the Charing Cross Hotel in London - where Mr Gilligan also met his source - and that elements of his story were similar to things they had discussed, such as a suggestion there was a 30 per cent probability Iraq had chemical weapons.

Donald Anderson, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, said: "I was shocked when I heard the news and I am sure the hearts of all the committee go out to his family at this deeply anxious time. We hope that he returns safely.

"The Committee interviewed him on Tuesday and he seemed to be relaxed and on top of things, so we shall wait anxiously for further news."

Mr Anderson said Dr Kelly has spoken very softly throughout his time giving evidence, but he did not know whether that was his natural speaking voice or whether he was nervous.
"He is a scientist, not a journalist," he said.

One Tory MP on the committee, Sir John Stanley, said that Dr Kelly had acted in a "proper and honourable manner" in coming forward to suggest that he may have been Mr Gilligan's source but had been "thrown to the wolves" by the MoD.

"You were being exploited to rubbish Mr Gilligan and his source," he said. Labour MP Andrew Mackinlay said that he believed Dr Kelly was "chaff", thrown up by the MoD to divert attention.

"Have you ever felt like the fall guy? You have been set up haven't you?" he told Dr Kelly. Dr Kelly replied: "I accept the process".

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