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投稿者 木村愛二 日時 2003 年 7 月 18 日 22:55:19:



July 18, 2003
Body found matches Kelly, missing Iraq expert
by pa news

Dr David Kelly giving evidence to MPs this week
A body in clothes matching those of Dr David Kelly, the missing weapons expert at the centre of the Iraq dossier row, has been found, police said today.

The male body was found lying face down this morning at Harrowdown Hill, about five miles from Dr Kelly's home in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. No note was found either at the scene or at Dr Kelly's house.

The site is believed to be in the middle of an area of woodland on the top of the hill.

It is understood Dr Kelly's family will not be taken to formally identify the body until tomorrow. Police said the cause of death would not be revealed until a post-mortem has been carried out.

Dr Kelly, 59, was reported missing by his family at 11.45pm yesterday as he did not return after telling his wife he was going for a walk at 3pm.
Tony Blair was informed of the discovery of the body as he flew from Washington to Tokyo on his diplomatic marathon, Downing Street confirmed.

Dr Kelly found himself at the centre of a row over a BBC report claiming Downing Street "sexed up" a dossier on weapons of mass destruction after he was named as the possible "mole" who briefed reporter Andrew Gilligan.

The Government claimed Dr Kelly had come forward voluntarily to admit he had spoken to the reporter.

He 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.

Dr Kelly's 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".

Tom Mangold, a television journalist and close friend, said he had spoken to Dr Kelly's wife Janice this morning.

She had said her husband was deeply unhappy and furious at how events had unfurled.

Mr Mangold told ITV News: "She told me he had been under considerable stress, that he was very, very angry about what had happened at the committee, that he wasn't well, that he had been to a safe house, he hadn't liked that, he wanted to come home.

"She didn't use the word depressed, but she said he was very very stressed and unhappy about what had happened and this was really not the kind of world he wanted to live in."

Mr Mangold said Dr Kelly was a source to many reporters. His ambition was to help serious journalists understand a complex topic. "He was a man whose brain could boil water, he used words with tremendous precision, he used them as weapons," he said.

"There was nothing he didn't know about biological warfare and there wasn't much he didn't know about WMD."

Mr Mangold expressed anger at the way Dr Kelly had been treated in recent weeks. He said: "If Dave Kelly is dead, he is dead because of something that happened in journalism which means that we all have to look to our consciences," he said.

"He was not passionately interested in journalism or journalists, he was passionately interested in what happens in Iraq.

"That was one of the reasons why Saddam Hussein wanted him out more than anybody else.

"If he is dead - and I hope he is not - he is a tremendous loss to the good guys who were working in Iraq."

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