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Kelly 'taken aback' by Gilligan grilling
Dr David Kelly
Dr Kelly gave no indication to his friends that he would take his life
A friend of Dr David Kelly has told the Hutton inquiry the weapons expert was shocked by the way BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan tried to get information out of him.

Dr Kelly apparently committed suicide after being named as the suspected source for Mr Gilligan's BBC report claiming the government "sexed up" intelligence in the dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

Fellow Iraq arms inspector Olivia Bosch, who spoke to Dr Kelly daily during the Iraq war, said he had told her Mr Gilligan had wanted to play a "name game" over who was responsible for transforming last September's dossier.

Ms Bosch also claimed Dr Kelly said his MoD bosses had reprimanded him about the BBC story and he feared his pension and security clearance would be affected.

Another of Dr Kelly's friends, journalist Tom Mangold, told the inquiry the scientist had thought the claim Iraq could deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes was "risible".

He was taken aback by the way Andrew Gilligan tried to elicit information from him
Olivia Bosch
Friend of Dr Kelly's

As the first stage of the inquiry came to an end, Lord Hutton said the inquiry was now adjourned for further analysis and to decide which witnesses to recall. It will resume on 15 September.

In a statement, he said nothing should be read into the fact that some witnesses would be recalled.

Earlier, Ms Bosch said Dr Kelly told her the first name suggested by Mr Gilligan in his "name game" was that of Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's director of communications.

Dr Kelly told her that as a civil servant he could not answer that so had given the answer "maybe".

Pressure

She said of the phone conversation in late May: "He was taken aback by the way Andrew Gilligan tried to elicit information from him."

Ms Bosch said when she heard Gilligan's broadcast, she did not think Dr Kelly could be the source because it sounded like it came from a "whistleblower".

Dr Kelly said his bosses had mentioned a reprimand and hinted his pension and security clearance could be affected or taken away, Ms Bosch said.

She claimed Dr Kelly behaved as if under "a certain kind of pressure", worried about appearing before the Foreign Affairs Committee and angry about an article in the Sunday Times on 13 July, which he said had misrepresented him.

Olivia Bosch arrives at the inquiry
Ms Bosch said Dr Kelly had feared for his pension
But she never had the indication from Dr Kelly he might want to take his own life.

Neighbour Leigh Potter, a student who works in the pub opposite the Kelly house, gave evidence and said he had "seemed quite normal" one week before his death.

Lord Hutton also heard evidence from Richard Taylor, special adviser to Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon.

Mr Taylor had confirmed the name of Dr Kelly to a journalist from the Financial Times.

He said this was the first time he had ever confirmed the name of a civil servant to journalists.

He told the inquiry the MoD had adopted this policy because if the correct name was offered, "it was not tenable" to say no "because that would be to lie".

Assessments 'over-egged'

Ms Bosch said she had not met Dr Kelly when they were both weapons inspectors, but had spoken frequently by telephone and met at conferences over the past year to discuss Iraq.

She said they agreed the dossier was a "very necessary document because the public and the media and politicians really were not aware of what was going on inside of Iraq".

They thought the dossier would be a "reader friendly" document to inform the public.

He thought it [the 45-minute claim] was risible too
Tom Mangold
Friend of Dr Kelly and journalist
Ms Bosch said Dr Kelly's view on the war was that while it was unfortunate, the use of military force seemed to be the only way to disarm Saddam Hussein's regime of weapons of mass destruction as Iraq was not complying with UN obligations.

On Wednesday, a Ministry of Defence intelligence official described concerns among his staff over the 45-minute claim.

Downing Street has repeatedly denied the allegation it had the claim included in the dossier against the wishes of the intelligence community.




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"Dr Kelly couldn't confirm or deny"



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