Sunday, July 27, 2003

The David Kelly 'suicide' is becoming much more interesting as more information continues to ooze out. The BBC had referred to their source as a 'senior intelligence source', and this became one of the main issues of the Blairites' attack on the BBC, saying that he wasn't in intelligence and this was just another example of the BBC's lies on the whole subject of the sexing up of the dossier. Now it turns out that he was at a level of importance in the world of British intelligence that he could reasonably have been called a 'senior intelligence source.' He was no 'middle-level technician', as the Ministry of Defence called him, but:

  • was probably the Government's most knowledgeable advisor on the history of Iraq's weapons programs;

  • had a high security clearance;

  • sat in on MI6 interrogations of Iraqi defectors;

  • was a member of a high-level committee reviewing all the intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction;

  • had been appointed a 'special deputy chief scientific officer', which allowed him to move in senior circles without having administrative responsibilities; and

  • was the single most important person in forcing Saddam's regime to admit the existence of its biological weapons program in the mid-1990's.

When he appeared before the foreign affairs select committee it appears that he may have been involved in a rather elaborate charade:

  • his extremely soft-spoken and shy demeanor appears to have been a ruse;

  • the stories that he was shattered by his experience there are probably false;

  • he intentionally misled the committee into believing that he could not have been the sole source for the BBC; and

  • he denied that he had met Gavin Hewitt, the third BBC journalist involved in the matter, and we now know that he had met Hewitt.

Blairites were trying to use the argument that he had been the sole source for the BBC, and hadn't used the term 'sexed up', so therefore the BBC story was false and should be ignored. Kelly's misleading the committee into thinking he was not the sole source gave them no means to dispute the BBC story, and thus was consistent with Kelly's desire to explain how Blair had misled the British public. But there seems to be more to the story. We've seen how the turf war between the CIA and the Pentagon has played out in the United States, with the Bush Administration/Pentagon using the Office of Special Plans to completely squeeze out the intelligence gathering and advising functions of the CIA. Could Kelly's death be part of a similar turf war in Britain? Blair seems to have used an almost identical method of making intelligence that suited his war by running it through a committee chaired by Alastair Campbell (a man who was not even elected). Real British intelligence was squeezed out by the warmongers in Blair's government and the Ministry of Defence. If Kelly was part of a conspiracy by British intelligence to grab back some of this turf by fronting for the intelligence position that the dossier suffered from this politicization of the intelligence function, we may be able to make some sense of what has been going on:

  • Kelly's embarrassing of the Blair government might have led to the replacement of that government by Conservatives, an outcome probably to the liking of high intelligence bureaucrats;

  • Kelly's refutation of the dossier serves to point out the importance of real intelligence input in the making of military decisions, and regains some of the turf lost by intelligence agencies to the military;

  • Kelly's activities may explain why he was so roughly treated by the Ministry of Defence, who may have been furious with him for embarrassing them and attempting to reduce their power to make their own intelligence;

  • journalist Tom Mangold wrote: "David never liked the MoD, he used to complain bitterly about them.";

  • the fall-out from Kelly's actions may have been what Kelly was referring to when he spoke of 'dark actors playing games'; and

  • the fact that in two of the BBC reports there is a sense that Kelly spoke not only for himself but for 'people in intelligence' may indicate that he was fronting for intelligence interests.

Is it possible that the Ministry of Defence thought they had a deal with Kelly to testify before the foreign affairs select committee that he was the sole source for the BBC and that his words had been twisted by them, thus proving that the dossier wasn't dodgy after all and all the blame for this issue could be put on the BBC? Is it possible that Kelly agreed to this, but never intended to lie, and breached his understanding with the Ministry of Defence by going through his elaborate performance before the committee? Is it possible that he was assassinated for his betrayal? Did David Kelly die in a power struggle between British intelligence and the Ministry of Defence? In answering these questions it would be interesting to see who first planted the idea in the press that Kelly was highly distraught over his testimony before the committee, as that seems to be the beginning of the suicide cover story.