July 19, 2003
The hyped-intelligence story continues to gain drama. British weapons advisor David Kelly disappeared Thursday and his dead body was discovered within a mile of his home on Friday. Police have confirmed that he died of a slit wrist, suggesting suicide (or, at least, the desired appearance of a suicide). This is after Kelly testified before Parliament and was identified as a possible media informant claiming that the British government hyped up its intelligence on Iraq to make war more attractive (Kelly had denied this). This is truly sad if an innocent man was driven to the edge by all this clamor. Still, feel free to post your own conspiracy theories...
UPDATE (7/21): The BBC has admitted that David Kelly was its source. There are still accusations, however, that BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan may have exaggerated Kelly's comments. The BBC and Andrew Gilligan deny this, of course. Not surprisingly, the BBC is running a host of stories on the issue. Meanwhile, Tony Blair has made it clear he will not be resigning in response to the tragedy.
UPDATE (9/18): Finally, Andrew Gilligan has admitted to hyping the story, and for unduly fingering Kelly as his source.Posted by jheer at July 19, 2003 04:48 PM
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