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Reporters' Log - Hutton

The BBC's team of correspondents bring you news updates, reaction and comment as they watch events unfold at the publication of the Hutton report into the death of the government scientist, Dr David Kelly.

Most recent postings are at the top.

Torin Douglas :: BBC Television Centre :: 2359GMT

The BBC always recognised it would be criticised and had already apologised for some of its failures. But the Hutton report is far more critical of the corporation than anyone had expected. As the BBC governors prepare to consider the report more fully on Thursday, serious issues remain.

In the short term what other changes will be required, in the longer term, whether the BBC should be regulated by the Board of Governors or the new media regulator Ofcom and not least who the government will appoint as the new chairman of the BBC.

Andrew Marr :: College Green :: 2225GMT

The Opposition had a tough time today. Michael Howard was booed and was fighting against a wall of noise in the Commons.

Now he has to decide whether attacks on the Prime Minister's integrity will work over the next 16 months or so before the general election, or whether its time to move on to other issues.

Mark Mardell :: House of Commons :: 2220GMT

This has clearly been a devastating day for the BBC, but a glorious and unexpected one perhaps, for the government. Today we saw Tony Blair triumphant.

Nick Higham :: BBC Broadcasting House :: 2215GMT

There's a sense of shell shock at the BBC and that the corporation is unsure of how to react.

The BBC was always going to be criticised, but the assumption was that the government would also come in for its share of criticism.

Certainly Gavyn Davies' resignation statement makes it quite clear he thinks that not all Lord Hutton's conclusions are right. He also thinks that some of Lord Hutton's report in the long run might threaten the independence of the BBC.

Jane Peel :: BBC Television Centre :: 2145GMT

If the BBC were to accept Lord Hutton's report in full, then probably Gavyn Davies' resignation will not be enough and others could have to go.

Maybe the BBC will be waiting to see how this whole story plays out elsewhere in the media. The Independent will be raising the question, at least, about whether the Inquiry and report were a whitewash.

There is no doubt that this is the most damaging indictment of the BBC at all levels.

Guto Harri :: Westminster :: 2130GMT

Probably the most telling comment I heard from anyone today was from a former senior Conservative cabinet minister, a very big player in John Major's government. He said the closest thing they went through which compares to the Hutton Inquiry was the Scott Inquiry. It was pretty tough on them.

This former cabinet minister told me that the difference was that the Conservatives picked the wrong guy to do that investigation, while they (Labour) picked the right guy. That is something he was saying slightly in jest, nobody is casting serious aspersions on Lord Hutton in that sense.

But there is a sense in Labour ranks that they were very lucky with the conclusions today.

Bethan Rhys-Roberts :: Westminster :: 2110GMT

The Prime Minister could still be under pressure over the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. But both he and Lord Hutton have made clear that the weapons of mass destruction are a separate issue. Tony Blair in his statement said he was happy to have the debate about the war and the weapons. But this Inquiry did not look at that issue.

So the wider picture is still looking difficult for Tony Blair, but the narrower picture regarding the death of David Kelly is very much better for him.

Nick Higham :: BBC Broadcasting House :: 2010GMT

What will be interesting over the next twenty four hours or so will be whether the BBC takes this statement by its departing chairman as a jumping off point and decides to fight back and challenge what Gavyn Davies earlier called the referee, the man, the umpire who has found very much in favour of the government and very much against the BBC

We've been told that the meeting of the BBC Governors has finished but they obviously left by a back entrance, because they didn't come out of the main reception past us. As far as we know that is it for the night from the governors. They are due to reconvene tomorrow.

Guto Harri :: Westminster :: 1925GMT

I've read Gavyn Davies' resignation statement, and he really does take issue with Lord Hutton. He asks whether it clearly is possible to reconcile Lord Hutton's bold conclusions on the production of the September dossier, known as the "dodgy dossier" with the balance of evidence that was presented to him in the Inquiry?

Now that's a strong hint from Gavyn Davies that he doesn't think you can.

Nick Higham :: BBC Broadcasting House :: 1910GMT

The Governors have accepted Gavyn Davies' resignation. They're meeting tonight informally and again tomorrow. The question for them is whether more ought to be done, apart from the resignation of the Chairman and the changes already announced by Greg Dyke.

What has surprised everybody today is that the government got away with virtually a clean bill of health. So all the focus has turned onto the BBC, which has been left looking terribly exposed.

Andrew Marr :: Houses of Parliament :: 1830GMT

The BBC does not have a Chairman of Governors at the moment. That is a prime ministerial appointment. And at a time when relations between the government and the BBC are probably as bad as they've been for some 50 years, that is an awesome difficulty and responsibility for the Prime Minister.

Andrew Marr :: Houses of Parliament :: 1825GMT

For years the Opposition has been trying to make an issue of Tony Blair's trust. Michael Howard made a great deal of the suggestion that the Prime Minister had misled Parliament over David Kelly.

Today that line of political attack hit a wall. And the real question for Mr Blair's critics is whether they now carry on trying to go for his integrity.

Nick Higham :: BBC Broadcasting House :: 1822GMT

The BBC's reputation has not been improved. What we've had today is a sort of contest between the government and its reputation for truth telling, and the BBC.

The BBC has been weighed and found wanting. With the top man resigning, it may go some way to restoring that trust, but it's going to be a long haul.

Mark Mardell :: BBC Television Centre :: 1750GMT

This is total victory for the government. I don't think any of us who sat through that inquiry were in any doubt that the BBC would come in for heavy criticism, but most of us thought that government would be criticised too and that Geoff Hoon would be forced to resign.

That clearly is not going to happen. But the government can reap many benefits from this. They now believe they can draw a total line under all this. I think it leaves the BBC in a bit of chaos.

I think it's very difficult, from what I've been hearing up at the management centre, a bit of meltdown there, not quite sure where they're going. Obviously badly damaged, obviously deciding whether there will be any more resignations.

Guto Harri :: Westminster :: 1745GMT

I think the government will tread quite carefully in the future. Alistair Campbell's not there anymore, so there's less of a danger of one person deciding to go for all-out war. Despite going about tonight saying that a stain has been removed, many Labour MP's feel very lucky. They didn't expect to escape today so totally unscathed.

Torin Douglas :: BBC Television Centre :: 1720GMT

It was very out-spoken, there was not a lot of balance in there and the BBC has got to look at that. This puts the whole regulation of the BBC back into play and Tony Blair said that this would be looked at as part of the whole review of the BBC's charter. There is one other issue in that the government appoints the Chairman of the BBC.

June Kelly :: BBC Broadcasting House :: 1725GMT

When Gavyn Davies became chairman of the BBC there were criticisms about him because of his links to the Labour Party. His partner is an aide to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown. And it was asked whether he would be robust enough in standing up to the government.

It has been said in some quarters that perhaps Gavyn Davies, in order to show that he was so robust and independent of a Labour Government, took such a vigorous stand in this. And perhaps that is why the Board of Governors finds itself in this situation now.

Shaun Ley :: Westminster :: 1715GMT
I've been clutching the (Hutton) report to me since about half past one as if it were a comfort blanket, but I must say that for anyone who works in the BBC it offers very little comfort.

June Kelly :: BBC Broadcasting House :: 1710GMT

The Governors have a key role in that they regulate how the BBC operates. Lord Hutton says that when the complaints began, they should have started their own investigation and not just relied on what the management were telling them. So that is a very strong criticism indeed because it gets to the heart of their role.

It will be interesting to see if the BBC brand can recover from this.

Allan Robb :: BBC Broadcasting House :: 1608GMT

Events are moving fairly fast. We were told there would be a further meeting of the governors tomorrow but clearly there is one taking place now. Dame Pauline Neville-Jones, one of them, who coincidentally used to be chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee referred to throughout all this, has just walked in, and others are expected.

The governors are not here in their complete membership and so it's unlikely Davies will have tendered his resignation by now. There's a huge crowd waiting here for all the governors to be in place and for the resignation.

June Kelly :: BBC Broadcasting House :: 1647GMT

There had been rumours today that this was going to happen. Davies did look very grey-faced earlier indeed, as did all the senior managers at the BBC, because this is a very bad day for the BBC.

Davies was known very much as a Labour Party supporter before he joined the BBC, and when the governors backed Gilligan there were questions raised, and it was thought Davies might be trying to flex his muscles and show how independent he was.

Andrew Marr :: Westminster :: 1632GMT

I don't think anyone expected this report to be quite this damning. I understand the chairman of the BBC board of governors is to resign. This was a decision effectively taken in the last few hours. I think it is unthinkable that after all this will say nothing, it is a complicated organisation and in about half an hour the Board of Governors will meet and digest what Hutton has said and come to some conclusions.

June Kelly :: BBC Broadcasting House :: 1630GMT

Greg Dyke is of course the editor-in-chief of the BBC. We've now heard from the Director General and it was a very robust statement. Certainly he is standing four-square behind this story.

Guto Harri :: Central London :: 1615GMT

I think most ministers and senior figures in the Conservative party and the Liberal Democrats overall think that the BBC is a pretty good thing, and they don't really want to trash it.

Now what we heard Alastair Campbell say of course is that because the reputation of the BBC is so high across the world that he took particular exception to the fact the BBC, in his point of view, was actually falling short of its own standards.

I think there will be people who will try to gently exploit this, to bully the BBC, to get rough whenever we are at odds with them. I think they will be a little bit more aggressive with us in the future.

Bridget Kendall :: Westminster :: 1555GMT

The Inquiry could have been broader. When Lord Hutton made it clear he wasn't going to consider broader questions, it was also clear that probably there would be a lot of criticism of the BBC. He also said that he wasn't going to get into discussing the veracity of the intelligence.

A very important quote from him: "Questioning unreliable intelligence is not the same as questioning the integrity of the government".

Shaun Ley :: Westminster :: 1532GMT

Mr Blair insisted that he had not authorised the leaking of Dr Kelly's name. And the subsequent remarks about the statement he made on the plane have led some to suggest he was being disingenuous in that. But according to Lord Hutton in paragraph 411 of his report "I consider that the answers given by the Prime Minister to members of the press on the airplane cast no light on the issues". In other words, he's looked at it but he says it's not relevant to his Inquiry.

So the politicians may argue about what Mr Blair said, but Lord Hutton says this falls outside his terms of reference and he has nothing to say about it.

Lesley Ashmall :: Kelly family home Oxfordshire :: 1529GMT

There's nothing happening here at the house at the moment. We don't know whether Mrs Kelly is in or not, but we don't expect to see her. The police are all around her home and the media can't get anywhere near it.

George Eykyn :: Westminster :: 1526GMT

Lord Hutton appreciates that Dr Kelly got caught up in a series of events that were not within his control.

He says in page 321 of his report that it "may be that when he met Mr Gilligan, Dr Kelly said more to him than he intended to say at the time of the meeting. He must have come to realise the gravity of the situation for which he was partially responsible".

Andrew Marr :: College Green :: 1522GMT

Well the Government are deliberately not saying at the moment that they want a particular number of severed heads to be displayed outside Broadcasting House, or that they are going to dictate that one person or another should be moved or resign.

What they are saying they want is a full and unequivocal apology.

The problem is that up until now the BBC has not accepted at all that it was wrong to broadcast the allegation, and does not accept, however serious the allegation was, that it was wrong not to have aired the fact that Dr Kelly had said this. But I certainly think that the Government is looking for a more fulsome and abject apology from the BBC than it has had yet.

Torin Douglas :: Westminster :: 1520GMT

One reference we've not had so far was to the editor of the Today programme's e-mail to the head of radio news criticising Andrew Gilligan's "loose use of language". It was said the lack of knowledge Richard Sambrook had of that was another defect in the operation of the BBC's management system.

Lord Hutton said the governors had a duty to protect the independence of the BBC but that should not preclude them from looking at the government's complaints properly.

Paul Adams :: Westminster :: 1519GMT

A lot was said about the question and answer material that officials at the Ministry of Defence were using to brief journalists. There were suggestions that this material was being used as part of a strategy to name Dr Kelly. Lord Hutton says he does not believe there was a strategy and that the question and answer session entered into by the officials was a blameless exercise.

James Robbins :: Ministry of Defence :: 1515GMT

The MoD is saying nothing officially, but you can sense a real feeling of satisfaction and relief here, not that the department escaped all censure but that that their minister was not specifically criticised and no official was criticised by name.

I think we must expect that the Ministry will accept the criticisms and that there will be a review of systems and the handling of individuals, not least because Mrs Kelly through her solicitor expressed her great sense of anger that her late husband was let down by this Ministry. I think they will want to look very hard at the personnel procedures and make sure that the ordeal which Dr Kelly endured will not be repeated

Jane Peel :: Royal Courts of Justice :: 1459GMT

There is no doubt the government has been cleared. Everyone from the prime minister down virtually is cleared of any misbehaviour.

What Mr Hutton was keen to emphasis, which he did five or six times during his statement, was make it clear that there was no dishonourable, duplicitous or underhand strategy by the prime minister or his officials in the naming of Dr Kelly, in order to pursue their battle with the BBC and like I say he did seem very keen to emphasis this on a number of occasions.

Bethan Rhys-Roberts :: College Green :: 1457GMT

Tony Blair has been cleared now. At the time of the Inquiry he said that had the serious allegations been true, it would have been a matter for him to resign. And he repeated that again during today's debate which is still continuing within the Houses of Parliament.

Bridget Kendall :: BBC Television Centre :: 1450GMT

The criticism of the government pales in comparison to what the BBC has in front of it and we all now wait to see what the response will be. This is enormously dramatic.

I think the most serious criticisms are about the way that the BBC is managed and governed and we will see from the BBC's response whether those things are going to change. There is also the question of the BBC's reputation. It isn't just a broadcasting organisation that operates in Britain, it has a global reputation to look after and I think perhaps that is something that wasn't anticipated when people were looking forward to this report.

If allegations have been made by a BBC journalist that were unfounded, that will have an impact around the world as these criticisms are reported.

Nick Higham :: BBC Broadcasting House :: 1444GMT

I think that the BBC's worst fear was that Lord Hutton would say this was a story that should never have run. He's not quite said explicitly in those terms that the BBC was wrong to look at this story, indeed he explicitly said that in a democratic society it is important that news organisations do mount investigative journalism.

The BBC is trusted by and large to get things right, not to be partial, not to be biased. To pursue journalism of the highest possible standard. And what has been said here that on a story of tremendous importance, those standards were not observed. And that cannot be good news for the BBC in the long run.

Torin Douglas :: Westminster :: 1440GMT

We've already heard that Michael Howard accepts the finding and crucial is whether the BBC accept those findings or whether they take a different view.

Carolyn Quinn :: House of Commons :: 1401GMT

The prime minister is now sitting on the front bench and Geoff Hoon just behind - the two of them feeling vindicated. Two senior ministers just looked at me as if to say: "See? Lord Hutton has spoken."

Andrew Marr :: Westminster :: 1359GMT

In the end what it comes down to is a judgement by Lord Hutton - who he believes, whose motives he trusts most and in that, again and again, he comes down on the side of politicians and officials, who by and large he believes and whose story, whose narrative he accepts and he comes down against Andrew Gilligan, and journalism, I have to say generally, and against the BBC.

Lord Hutton deplored the leak in the Sun newspaper, but the leak was accurate.

The Prime Minister is due to speak in the next couple of minutes. He tends to be gracious on these occasions but he has a great deal to be pleased about. He will no doubt draw attention, underlining it in triplicate to the parts of the report which absolve him of any duplicitous or underhand behaviour and I would be very surprised if he doesn't ask the leader of the opposition Michael Howard for a personal apology.

I would expect Michael Howard to raise the wider issues which have not been covered in the report, the issue of WMD and the threat of Iraq.

The Prime Minister will be expecting some humble pie from the BBC and the governors and management there will be meeting to consider this in near future.

Bridget Kendall :: BBC Television Centre :: 1350GMT

The criticism of the BBC was very serious. There was considerable criticism of the BBC, of the original report by Andrew Gilligan, and the procedures followed by the BBC afterwards. As far as the government was concerned there wasn't very much criticism at all.

Nick Higham :: BBC Broadcasting House :: 1326GMT

There has been very heavy criticism of the BBC and of its reporter Andrew Gilligan. There is criticism of BBC management and editors too. Lord Hutton said that the management should have gone back and looked at Gilligan's notes from that first interview at 0607 in the morning on the Today programme. Lord Hutton said he considered the BBC's editorial system "defective" in that Mr Gilligan was allowed to broadcast his report on the Today programme without editors seeing a script of what he was going to say.

We are expecting a statement from the BBC chairman Gavyn Davies early this afternoon. If the criticism of the government is much less then I think the BBC will find itself very much in the eye of the storm.

Lord Hutton is saying that no one thought hard enough about what they were going to say before they said it, that included Andrew Gilligan and the BBC governors.

James Robbins :: Ministry of Defence :: 1325GMT

A huge sense of relief here - officials aren't talking publicly but they are relieved particularly because they see the great weight of criticism being directed at the BBC and its reporter Andrew Gilligan. Hutton is still speaking though about the duty of care owed to Kelly as an employee of the MoD.

Guto Harri :: Westminster :: 1320GMT

There has been a lot of comfort for the government in that Lord Hutton isn't getting into some of the more controversial issues, which I think will mean that there will be calls for a wider inquiry into why Britain went to war, the nature of intelligence and so on.

What Lord Hutton has said is that he can see that the head of the Joint Intelligence Committee may have been subconsciously influenced by Downing Street, but that is only one minor concession.

Shaun Ley :: Westminster :: 1319GMT

Lord Hutton has said that "sexed up" is a slang term which lacks clarity. But he takes the view that the audience hearing it would take it that the government did something monstrous and he said that was unfounded.

We are still waiting to hear what Lord Hutton has to say about the way the Ministry of Defence handled the naming strategy.

Torin Douglas :: Westminster :: 1317GMT

Chunks of what we saw leaked in the Sun newspaper this morning have now been repeated by Lord Hutton as he delivers his report in court. The BBC is not going to respond until we hear the whole statement, but certainly this is very bad for the BBC and is a worst case scenario.

Nick Higham :: BBC Broadcasting House :: 1310GMT

There are a lot of rumours washing about here about resignations. We have just heard Lord Hutton say Andrew Gilligan's allegation that the government knew the 45 minute claim in its dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction was "unfounded".

It is not good news and you can not rule out the possibility of BBC resignations, if the BBC accept the Hutton report conclusions.

Andy Tighe :: Royal Courts of Justice :: 1229GMT

Lord Hutton is just beginning to deliver his report into the death of Dr David Kelly.

Alan Robb :: Royal Courts of Justice :: 1226GMT

There is a huge press presence here. Lord Hutton is now in court 76 itself preparing for his address. There will be 90 press people in court and only ten members of the public. There are no huge crowds here but of course it will all be broadcast.

Nick Higham :: BBC Broadcasting House :: 1222GMT

There is a rather fevered atmosphere around the BBC this morning. Lots of rumours about people, maybe resigning, but we just don't know. We will have to wait until we see in full what the report says about the BBC.

Amongst ordinary BBC staff I think there is a bleak mood. I have spoken to three BBC people here at Broadcasting House, who have seen the report and know what the BBC response will be, but they would tell me nothing.

Andrew Marr :: House of Commons :: 1218GMT

This is a raw political fight. In the Commons we saw a Prime Minister who clearly feels smeared, has had enough and wants to use this day as his opportunity to go back on the political attack.

Looking at the way Michael Howard attacked today, he was trying to broaden the issue back onto the whole issue of weapons of mass destruction, which is not what the Hutton inquiry is about. That is about the circumstances surrounding the death of David Kelly.

For a very long time Tony Blair has been seeing his reputation for trust and honesty slither ever downwards in opinion polls. Now, apart from disliking that process intensely for obvious reasons, he can't allow it to continue, it is seriously damaging. If he is going to have a fight back, from his point of view it probably has to start now and if he's got the material in this report to allow him to do it, he'll do it.

Sophie Raworth :: Royal Courts of Justice :: 1216GMT

Lord Hutton arrived here a short time ago. The police were on hand to stop traffic and allow him access. He will make his statement in court at 1230. We do not know what form that will take or how long he will speak for in court room 76.

It is very different here today from the days of the hearing during the summer months. It is very cold here now and there are no queues to get in. There are ten seats set aside for members of the public in the court room.

Guto Harri :: 10 Downing Street :: 1145GMT

Tony Blair is just coming out of Downing Street, climbing into his bullet-proof car.

He has given us a little smile and will be heading over to the House of Commons. I can just hear Big Ben in the background telling him and the rest of us that we've got 15 minutes to wait for him to get up into the despatch box and face Michael Howard.

Angus Crawford :: BBC Broadcasting House :: 1123GMT

All the main media organisations have been gathered here since 0730 this morning awaiting the arrival of the main BBC players. We were led to believe that Andrew Gilligan, Greg Dyke, Gavyn Davies and Richard Sambrook would arrive together at 0800 for a collective photo call but would make no comment.

After 0900 Director of News Richard Sambrook arrived, alone and coatless on this cold morning. He walked grim faced towards Broadcasting House and had to push his way through the photographers to get in.

Andrew Gilligan arrived shortly afterwards, again to a lot of photographer activity. The BBC press office have now confirmed that the Director General Greg Dyke and the Chairman of BBC Gavyn Davies are both already in the building. There has been no photo opportunity as promised and no decent explanation why not.

Guto Harri :: Westminster :: 1120GMT

The last thing Tony Blair needs is to have the happy ending tainted by the suggestion somebody not a million miles from him was involved in leaking it. That is deeply frustrating for him. The problem for him is that he wants the report to be the last word in the whole sorry chapter and yet it's already clear the opposition parties feel there ought to be a wider inquiry about why we went to war. The Tories are also making clear they draw their own conclusions from the Hutton evidence.

Jo Coburn :: 10 Downing Street :: 1110GMT

I think all along, here at Number 10 they were optimistic that there wouldn't be any direct or serious criticism of the Prime Minister, that he wouldn't be named specifically.

But this is not a glorious week for the Prime Minister or the government. Whatever the Hutton report says, everyone will now reflect yet again on the war in Iraq on the controversy surrounding it.

Andy Tighe :: Royal Courts of Justice :: 1009GMT

We will be watching to see if Lord Hutton comments on this leak when he addresses the court here at lunchtime. He had limited the number of people who were able to see the report beforehand.

I imagine he will look upon it very poorly indeed. What he's going to say; well we'll have to wait and see, but with regards to his reputation he has been a very senior judge, he was chief justice in Northern Ireland and is known for his impartiality and independence but also as someone who will speak his mind.

Lord Hutton has gone out of his way to encourage all the participants to be free and open with the inquiry, it went on longer than expected and it took him much longer to write his report than expected.

June Kelly :: BBC Broadcasting House :: 1005GMT

We are a little confused as to who is inside. Richard Sambrook the director of news came through the entrance behind me this morning, as did Andrew Gilligan. There was a terrific media scrum as they arrived but neither man said anything.

Guto Harri :: Westminster :: 0925GMT

Lord Hutton really wanted to give his straightforward view of his own report but what has appeared is a very selective, very slanted view in a newspaper with an agenda. All the opposition parties are deeply suspicious. How strange, they think, that a view such as this should appear in a newspaper without any government involvement at all.

If this is a fair reflection of what the report concludes, Tony Blair can be a very, very happy man today. Alastair Campbell has said any suggestion he was involved in this leak is "deeply offensive".

Frank Gardner :: BBC Television Centre :: 0915GMT

I don't think this report is going to go to the heart of the whole matter, in terms of the Iraq war, which is, did the British government get it right?

In other words, was the intelligence right that Iraq had these weapons and certainly all the signs so far say that it was wrong.

Andy Tighe :: Royal Courts of Justice :: 0908GMT

One of the themes we took from this inquiry was spin, briefings of material without knowing where it has come from. Ironically that's just what we're seeing at the moment. It's entirely possible there will have to be some kind of inquiry. There is a sense of someone getting their defence in first, being able to get the report out with their gloss, their interpretation on it.

Paul Adams :: Ministry of Defence :: 0907GMT

We saw from exchanges at the Hutton inquiry, questions from Lord Hutton himself, that he was somewhat baffled by the MoD's handling of this affair. The question for Lord Hutton is should the individuals at the Ministry of Defence, Dr Kelly's line managers and others, have had a better sense of how this matter was damaging the man at the centre of it.

Andrew Marr :: Westminster :: 0832GMT

This leak is quite remarkable. Barefaced doesn't really begin to describe it when you've got a report that was at least partly about allegations of leak and media manipulation and then this happens.

It has caused intense anger. It pre-empts not only Lord Hutton but also the opposition leaders who are belatedly reading the report.

A lot of people at Westminster have strong suspicions about who is responsible for this leak. I make two predictions about that. Firstly, any inquiry conducted by the police or anybody else, as demanded by Michael Howard or anybody else, will get precisely nowhere. They won't find the source of this.

The second prediction is that the suspicion about where it came from and what it was intended to do will never go away either, it's going to hang around like a very bad and very persistent smell.

John Pienaar :: BBC Television Centre :: 0815GMT

The BBC must expect to be criticised given the admissions it has already made. A lot is at stake if it loses the fundamental trust of people.

The issue of weapons of mass destruction is not going to go away. This whole thing will have a significant effect on the way we're governed. I suspect this report will change the way Blair deals with the country. This report may lead the government to consider the wisdom of blazing a trail first and then looking back on the wreckage.

June Kelly :: BBC Broadcasting House :: 0810GMT

At stake here is the BBC's reputation for telling the truth. What Lord Hutton will have been looking at is the accuracy of Andrew Gilligan's reporting, were the BBC's editorial controls up to scratch? How did the BBC respond when it got this complaint from the government? And of course the role of the board of governors. They are supposed to represent the interests of the licence fee payers, were they doing their job?

John Pienaar :: BBC Television Centre :: 0716GMT

I think there will be a great deal of frustration and anger from Lord Hutton at this leak. Behind the scenes the efforts and preparations to keep it secret were meticulous. Now this morning's newspapers are full of it, he will be furious, and whose purpose does it really serve in all of this?

Jo Coburn :: 10 Downing Street :: 0710GMT

Even if, as a lot of people suspect, the government and the Prime Minister are not directly criticised, this is not going to be a comfortable day for Tony Blair. This report is going to rake up everything related to his policy on Iraq and of course the government's case for going to war in the first place.

Norman Smith :: Cabinet Office :: 0635GMT

The Sun claims to have heard leaked extracts of the conclusions of the report and has it plastered over its pages.

According to the Sun the report makes very grim reading for the BBC and Andrew Gilligan. It says that there is no real criticism of the Prime Minister. Geoff Hoon likewise emerges pretty much unscathed, John Scarlett, he apparently was only doing his job, Alastair Campbell, again, apparently only doing his job.

It is paradoxical that here we have a report which is examining leaks, the handling of information and how information is spun and this report has itself been leaked and spun.

Jo Coburn :: 10 Downing Street :: 0615GMT

Today will be a much more sober day at Number 10. They will have had plenty of time to look over the details of the report and they'll be preparing a statement with the Prime Minister this afternoon and I think as far as they are concerned it'll be a damage limitation exercise.

Norman Smith :: Cabinet Office :: 0612GMT

I'm standing outside the Cabinet office and the Tory leader Michael Howard has just gone in to see the report. On the way in he said he would be in touch with the police about the leaking of the report to the Sun newspaper. He said he hoped that Downing St would co-operate fully with the police, but he did not say it was Downing St which had leaked the report. Downing St say that it denies that anyone who was authorised to see the report leaked it.

June Kelly :: BBC Broadcasting House :: 0607GMT

We are expecting the key players from the BBC here later today. They have seen the report yesterday but their notes were taken from them and locked in a safe overnight. The BBC is very keen that it kept the report secret until its publication.

Torin Douglas :: BBC Television Centre :: 0602GMT

Today's leaked report in the Sun newspaper is just what Lord Hutton didn't want. He'd insisted that those receiving advance copies signed an undertaking not to divulge the contents.

Despite that the Sun's political editor Trevor Kavanagh says he's been given details of the reports main findings. Mr Kavanagh insists his source had nothing to gain politically or financially.





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