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ガーデイアン:BBCが「国防省情報粉飾告発」ケリー博士証言の録画所有し調査委員会などで公開の可能性あり
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投稿者 木村愛二 日時 2003 年 7 月 23 日 10:16:06:

ガーデイアン:BBCが「国防省情報粉飾告発」ケリー博士証言の録画所有し調査委員会などで公開の可能性あり。

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/kelly/story/0,13747,1004165,00.html
BBC to produce Kelly tape in bid to exonerate reporter

Matt Wells, Nicholas Watt in Hong Kong, and Michael White
Wednesday July 23, 2003
The Guardian

The BBC has a tape of David Kelly expressing serious concern about how Downing Street made the case for war, the Guardian can reveal.

Susan Watts, science editor of Newsnight, recorded her conversations with the weapons expert, who killed himself on Thursday.

In her report she quoted a "source" - now known to be Dr Kelly - suggesting that No 10 was "desperate" for information and had exaggerated "out of all proportion" the claim that Iraq could launch weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes.

The BBC believes the tape is the "smoking gun" that will exonerate Andrew Gilligan, the Today programme correspondent who originally reported the suggestion that No 10 included the 45-minute claim in the September dossier on the case for war "to make it sexier", against the wishes of the intelligence community.

Gilligan did not mention the Downing Street director of communications, Alastair Campbell, until a later Mail on Sunday article.

The tape's existence explains the corporation's determination to stick by its story under the onslaught of criticism from No 10. The BBC will submit the tape to the judicial inquiry led by Lord Hutton and will tell him that Watts and Gilligan checked their quotes with Dr Kelly before broadcasting them.

In Watts's report on June 2, an actor speaks her source's words, saying of the 45 minutes claim: "It was a statement that was made and it just got out of all proportion. They were desperate for information, they were pushing hard for information which could be released. That was one that popped up and it was seized on and it's unfortunate that it was.

"That's why there is the argument between the intelligence services and the Cabinet Office/No 10 - because they picked up on it and once they've picked up on it, you can't pull it back from them."

Dr Kelly told the foreign affairs select committee that he did not believe he was the main source of Gilligan's story but later told the former BBC journalist Tom Mangold that he was. The existence of the tape, and the admission to Mangold, suggests that Dr Kelly, who has been described by friends as honest and decent, could have been deeply worried about whether he had told the full story to the committee.

The BBC dropped a hint about the existence of a tape on Sunday, when it confirmed Dr Kelly as the source of the Gilligan and Watts stories. It said: "We will make a full and frank submission to Lord Hutton and will provide full details of all the contacts between Dr Kelly and the two BBC journalists, including contemporaneous notes and other materials made by both journalists, independently."

A BBC source said yesterday that the key phrase was "other materials". Yesterday the BBC sought to contain the concern in the organisation about its handling of the Kelly affair. After reports that an unnamed BBC governor wanted an "emergency meeting" to discuss the fall-out from the corporation's revelation that Dr Kelly was its source for the "sexed up" dossier story, the chairman, Gavyn Davies, insisted that the board did not feel it necessary to qualify its unanimous support for the decision to broadcast the original Today programme story.

Sources at the corporation say that, given the pressures on the BBC, some levels of unease are inevitable. But the BBC believes the pressure is now turning back on the government.

On his flight to Hong Kong yesterday Tony Blair angrily strode down his chartered British Airways aircraft to deny that he had authorised a deliberate leaking of Dr Kelly's name to the media. Asked whether he had made such a move, he snapped back: "Emphatically not. I did not authorise the leaking of the name of David Kelly." He was asked why the government confirmed Dr Kelly's identity and replied: "That's a completely different matter once the name is out there." He said the government had "acted properly throughout".

His intervention was a clear attempt to regain the initiative after the intense questioning about the damaging charge that the government had a hand in leaking Dr Kelly's name.

Downing Street acted to quash the inference that Mr Blair was trying to blame Mr Campbell, or Geoff Hoon, the defence secretary, who said he wanted to appear before Lord Hutton's inquiry "at the earliest opportunity".

But there is a widespread assumption among MPs that the ambitious Mr Hoon would not, as reported, have sanctioned Dr Kelly's "outing" without the approval of Mr Campbell, who also says he played no role.

Mr Blair is expected to cut short his world tour and fly home from Hong Kong today because a severe typhoon is expected to close the city's airport tomorrow.

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