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[casi] Body of British MOD adviser found!!

Suspicious timing, would you say???



Found Body Could Be British Adviser

By MICHAEL McDONOUGH, Associated Press Writer

LONDON - A body found in central England was
tentatively identified by police as a missing Ministry
of Defense adviser who was named as the possible
source for a disputed news report that claimed the
government doctored intelligence on Iraqi weapons to
strengthen the case for war.

David Kelly's family reported him missing late
Thursday when he didn't return to his home in
Southmoor, about 20 miles southwest of Oxford, from an
afternoon walk.

"The body found matches the description of David
Kelly, but the body has not yet been formally
identified," a spokeswoman for Thames Valley Police

Officers had earlier reported finding a man's body in
a wooded area about 5 miles from Kelly's home.

Kelly, a 59-year-old former weapons inspector, was one
of the figures at the center of a political storm over
allegations that Prime Minister Tony Blair (news - web
sites)'s office altered intelligence on Iraq (news -
web sites)'s alleged weapons programs to support the
decision to join the U.S.-led war in Iraq. The
government denied the claim.

The Ministry of Defense said Kelly may have been the
source for a British Broadcasting Corp. report that
Blair aides gave undue prominence to a claim that Iraq
could launch chemical or biological weapons on 45
minutes' notice.

The Ministry of Defense said Friday that Kelly had
been told he had violated civil service rules by
having unauthorized contact with a journalist, but
"that was the end of it." It said Kelly had at no
point been threatened with suspension or dismissal
after admitting speaking to the BBC reporter.

BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan subsequently said his
source accused Alastair Campbell, Blair's
communications director, of insisting on including the
45-minute claim.

"This is clearly a sensitive inquiry," David Purnell
of Thames Valley Police spokesman told a press

Purnell said police were trying to find out whether
anyone else was missing from the area.

The controversy centers over the May 29 BBC report
citing an unidentified official saying the 45-minute
claim was inserted to build up an intelligence dossier
published last September.

Kelly, a former U.N. weapons inspector, told a
Parliament committee earlier this week he had spoken
to the BBC. But he said he didn't make the claims in
the report and didn't believe he was the source cited.
The BBC has refused government requests to reveal who
the source was.

The BBC report prompted two Parliamentary probes into
the issue and fueled a wider controversy that has left
Blair facing a barrage of questions over pre-war
intelligence. The Foreign Affairs Committee cleared
Blair's communications chief, Alastair Campbell, of
allegations he tried to build up the September dossier
by inserting the claim.

Blair was informed of the discovery of the body as he
flew from Washington to Tokyo, his office confirmed.

Blair said Thursday in a historic address to Congress
in Washington that he and President Bush (news - web
sites) would not be proven wrong in their prewar
claims about Iraq's weapons capabilities. Even if they
are, says Blair, a menace has been defeated.

The Defense Ministry said Friday, "We are aware that
Dr. David Kelly has gone missing and we are obviously

A spokesman for Blair's office also expressed concern
for Kelly's welfare. "Our thoughts are with his family
and friends," the spokesman said.

Officers said Kelly's failure to make contact with
anyone was described by his family as "out of

Television journalist Tom Mangold said he had spoken
to Kelly's wife, Janice, on Friday morning, and she
had said her husband felt stressed after appearing
before a parliamentary committee to face questions
about the BBC report.

"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," Mangold told ITV news.

"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."

The Ministry of Defense said it had offered
accommodation for Kelly so that he could avoid media

Initial searches of his house and its outbuildings and
grounds were completed early Friday.

Donald Anderson, who chaired the Foreign Affairs
Committee where Kelly testified on Tuesday, said the
committee "felt pretty confident that he (Kelly) was
not in fact the source."

Anderson, a Labor Party lawmaker, told BBC television
that Kelly had appeared "rather relaxed" during his
testimony and seemed to be "on top of things."

Conservative committee member Richard Ottaway said
Kelly had suggested he was under great strain.

"At the meeting last week he did hint at the sort of
pressure he was under," Ottaway said. "He was asked to
provide some evidence and he replied that he would do
so but he could not get into his house because of the
media pressure."

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