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あくまでも、apparent suicide （「見せかけの自殺」の意味あり）である。私、木村愛二自身は、この事件の発生直後、日本で英語を教えている旧知のイギリス人の若者と話した。彼は事件を知っていて、私が下手な発音でapparent suicide と言ったら、にっこり笑って、優雅なイギリス流の発音で教師風に繰り返し、次には上手な日本語で、「怪しいね」と答えたのである。
Special report: David Kelly
Iraq dossier blow for Blair
Doubts raised by two more officials
Kelly portrayed as key expert
Words 'not wrong but lots of spin'
Charge against Campbell rejected
Richard Norton-Taylor, Vikram Dodd and Nicholas Watt
Tuesday August 12, 2003
The government's attempts to bolster its case for the war against Iraq suffered a heavy blow on the first day of the Hutton inquiry yesterday when it was revealed that unease about the dossier on Saddam Hussein's weapons programme ran much deeper than Downing Street has claimed.
Evidence presented to the inquiry into the apparent suicide of the Ministry of Defence scientist David Kelly showed that concerns expressed by Dr Kelly about the language of the government's dossier was shared within the intelligence community, even at a senior level.
In a further undermining of Tony Blair's case, the inquiry heard that Dr Kelly's status was much more significant than the government has admitted, a direct rebuttal of last week's description of the dead scientist by a No 10 press officer as a Walter Mitty fantasist.
The inquiry, under the law lord, Lord Hutton, also heard that Dr Kelly's role in advising officials on the dossier was far more extensive than has hitherto been acknowledged.
Intelligence officials were sufficiently concerned about the wording of the dossier that they expressed worries to their superiors. Some said they were unhappy about the way it was claimed that Iraq could deploy some chemical and biological weapons within 45 minutes of an order to do so - the claim at the heart of the row between No 10 and the BBC.
One unnamed official, now retired, expressed concern to Martin Howard, the deputy chief of defence intelligence, in a letter which was read out. The official wrote: "As probably the most senior and experienced intelligence community official working on 'WMD', I was so concerned about the manner in which intelligence assessments for which I had some responsibility were being presented in the dossier ... that I was moved to write ... recording and explaining my reservations."
The inquiry heard evidence that one defence intelligence official had discussed a claim in the dossier about growth media for Iraq's biological weapons programme. After speaking to Dr Kelly as the September dossier was being drawn up, the intelligence offi cial wrote: "The existing wording is not wrong - but it has a lot of spin."
Sir David Omand, the government's security coordinator, had recently told the parliamentary intelligence and security committee, in private evidence, about concern relating to the dossier's language, the inquiry heard.
A document was read out by James Dingemans QC, the inquiry counsel, noting that some defence intelligence officers had expressed concerns about the "level of certainty" relating to the 45-minute claim, including the dossier's foreword, signed by Mr Blair.
Mr Howard conceded "a wide variety of views" had been expressed about the dossier's language. The final text, which had been worked on for seven months, was agreed by the joint intelligence committee - whose chairman, John Scarlett, is to testify to the inquiry.
But yesterday's witnesses, including Whitehall officials, rejected the allegation that Alastair Campbell, the prime minister's communications director, had insisted on the insertion of the 45-minute claim against the wishes of the intelligence agencies.
Lord Hutton heard yesterday that Dr Kelly, a senior UN weapons inspector in Iraq in the 1990s, was a widely respected biologist who had advised MI6, the CIA and British armed forces before the invasion of Iraq.
Dr Kelly's knowledge of the dossier and the advice he gave was much more extensive than the government has admitted, the inquiry heard. It has painted him as a middle-grade official whose advice on the dossier was limited to a his torical section on Iraq's early banned weapons programme.
But Dr Kelly gave advice on the "current position" in Iraq as well as the regime's human rights record while the dossier was being drawn up, Patrick Lamb, a senior Foreign Office official told the inquiry.
And the inquiry heard that in private reports, the MoD described Dr Kelly as giving "excellent, authoritative, and timely advice" on chemical and biological weapons.
"Dr Kelly is a recognised authority on all aspects of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and held in high regard," it said. Despite this, the inquiry heard that Dr Kelly had had no pay rise for three years and privately expressed worries about his status and pension.
The BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan, who said, after meeting Dr Kelly, that Downing Street had "sexed up" the dossier, will give evidence to the inquiry today.
At the start of yesterday's hearing, Lord Hutton ended the mystery about why four electrocardiogram pads were found on Dr Kelly's chest when his body was discovered. He said they had been placed by ambulance paramedics who had tried to resuscitate the weapons expert.
The government wasted little time last night in mounting a damage limitation exercise on concerns about Downing Street's use of intelligence. Eric Joyce, the MP who defended No 10 during the Iraq war, told Channel 4 News that two "relatively junior" officials had complained about the dossier on "purely technical"