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Sunday, December 12, 2004
 

The Hutton Whitewash - not the WMD intel after all?


What got everyone exercised about the death of David Kelly was the questions of intelligence (or fairy-story) handling in the matter of Iraqi WMD. The ex post facto assumption was that, when Lord Hutton issued his all for the best in the best of all possible worlds report on the intel question, that was the mission he was there to accomplish.

The primary question that he addressed, of course - the question raised in his terms of reference - was to enquire into the circumstances of Kelly's death, to which end there was some evidence in relation to the death itself. Grisly and beside the point, so ignored (by your humble blogger, at least).

The Vince Foster question was raised; but the boon done to governments everywhere (in the Free-ish World, at least) by that poor chap's demise is to throw a sopping wet blanket over any theory that the apparent suicide of someone involved in politics might have been murder. It died the death.

Now, in the Observer today, the paramedics who attended the scene step forward to point out that the facts on the ground that they witnessed were inconsistent with the accepted theory of suicide by the slashing of wrists.

To save your breakfast, let me summarise: Not enough blood at the scene.

These may be a couple of low-level sad sacks in search of their own fifteen minutes followed by a career in cheesy reality shows. Or perhaps not.

Elephant-memoried readers will note that this is not the first time that health professionals have queried Lord Hutton's suicide verdict on Kelly: on February 12, I mentioned the letter to the Guardian of six doctors which said that Hutton's verdict
is at variance with documented cases of wrist-slash suicides; and does not align itself with the evidence presented at the inquiry.

Note that the Hutton Inquiry was held in lieu of a coroner's inquest. Now, inquests are highly flawed mechanisms for getting at the truth; but perhaps a little less so than a made-to-government-order kangaroo court.

We'll need a lot more to make an impression in Blair's Teflon coating. But every little helps.


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