The following day, 30 May 2003, the Ministry of Defence claimed that one of its officials had come forward, admitting to having discussed the matter of Iraq's weapons with Gilligan on May 22nd. Six weeks later the MOD, on orders of the Blair government, outed Dr. David Kelly, a British expert on biological warfare, employed by the British Ministry of Defence, and former United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq, as the source. On July 15th Kelly was called before the parliamentary foreign affairs select committee to be grilled on the issue. Two days later Kelly's body was found dead in a wooded area near his home.

Rather than order a coroner's report, the Blair government set up the nominally 'public' Hutton Inquiry, led by James Brian Edward Hutton, or 'Baron Hutton', into the circumstances surrounding Kelly's death. Hutton is the former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland where he used trials of accused IRA members and inquiries into British army murders of innocent Catholics to perfect the art of the whitewash. He was a natural choice for the job.

Dr. David Kelly before the parliamentary foreign affairs select committee in July 2003

Despite the fact that Dr. Kelly had shown no sign of depression or wanting to kill himself and that neither the cut on his wrist nor the small amount of painkillers he had ingested could have killed him, Hutton's report, published in January 2004, concluded that Kelly had taken his own life and that the BBC and Gilligan were at fault.

On 15 October 2007, a Freedom of Information request revealed that the knife that Kelly supposedly used to cut his wrists, the bottle of water he is assumed to have drunk from while taking the pills, and the blister packs of pills themselves were all devoid of any fingerprints. Hutton also ignored the fact that Kelly was found with electrode pads on his chest.

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