- No, it's not the Victoria's Secret of the soft porn lingerie
ads. This is a different Victoria who may have innocently provided the
final impetus for the assassination of David Kelly.
- In Part I of this writer's *article, "the Murder
of David Kelly" we detailed the numerous red flags in the evidence
and testimony submitted at the Hutton inquiry into Kelly's death that showed
conclusively that his death was not a suicide. One of the more important
"clues" was evidence that his body had been moved after he died
to the scene in which it was found. Other testimony showed it to be very
doubtful that Kelly had inflicted the knife wounds on his left wrist that
severed an unlikely artery but left the most easily reached artery untouched.
- In Part II of the article, we detailed Kelly's extensive
involvement with and/or knowledge of the bio/chemical weapons programs
of the U.K., U.S. and Russia. One author reports Kelly also had visited
the Israeli bio/chemical weapons facility. Kelly almost certainly would
have been aware of the involvement of two U.K. scientists at Porton Down
simultaneously as paid consultants to South Africa's notorious bioweapons
program. He had also served as an inspector in Iraq of that country's WMD
- We also recited the deplorable treatment Kelly had been
subjected to by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) Personnel Department in withholding
any pay increase over a three-year period as Kelly approached retirement.
- However the public perception of Kelly was as the "single
source" of statements made by BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan to the
effect that the government had "sexed up" the dossier used to
justify the war against Iraq. Kelly had voluntarily disclosed to his MoD
superiors he had met with Gilligan but denied he made the statements Gilligan
attributed to his source.
- In a July 9th press conference, the MoD confirmed that
Dr. Kelly was Gilligan's source. Kelly was hauled before the parliament's
Foreign Affairs Committee for a grilling but convinced committee members
he had not provided statements ascribed to him by Gilligan. The committee
chairman, MP Donald Anderson wrote a letter to Secretary of State Jack
Straw confirming the committee's judgment and adding their view that, "Dr.
Kelly had been poorly treated by his government.."
- Kelly told his wife he felt he had been betrayed. We
did not understand the depth and duplicitous nature of that betrayal until
further reviewing testimony at the Hutton inquiry, particularly that of
Richard Hatfield, Director of MoD Personnel.
- Hatfield had no personnel management experience when
he was appointed to that job in June of 2001. He had been Policy Director
of MoD and a member of the Joint Intelligence Committee. On July 7th Hatfield
met with Kelly to review (and get Kelly's approval) of a clarification
the MoD intended to issue to clarify inaccurate information in Gilligan's
report without naming Kelly. What Hatfield knew, but did not tell Kelly,
was that MoD intended to confirm Kelly's name as the source to the press
if any reporter mentioned his name after the charade of a "Q &
A" session designed to lead to Kelly.
- When Kelly learned of this deception it must have infuriated
him. Indeed, if it had been Hatfield's body that was "found dead in
the woods" Dr. Kelly might have been a prime suspect in the death.
- Another BBC reporter, Susan Watts, claimed on the evening
program Newsnight, that Kelly made statements to her indicating he had
lied to the MoD about statements he made to reporters. Later, after Kelly's
death, Watts had to back off from that allegation when the inquiry reviewed
transcripts of a taped conversation Watts had with Kelly (without Kelly
knowing it was being taped) and hearing an enhanced version of the tape
- However, in the interim the media, led by Tom Mangold
who claimed to be "Kelly's best friend" and until very recently
was himself a BBC reporter, claimed Kelly was so shamed by being branded
a liar that he killed himself.
- However, that was belied by Kelly's actions and communications
right up to the morning of the day he disappeared (July 17th). He did not
at all appear to be depressed and was looking forward to returning to Iraq
to continue the search for weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
- However, he did communicate in an e-mail the day before
his death that there were "many dark actors playing games." Ironically,
that e-mail was to Judith Miller, the New York Times reporter and CFR stalwart
who probably was one of those dark actors. Miller, along with two other
women was a close confidante of Kelly's. The second was Olivia Bosch, a
long-time functionary of the CFR's sister organization in the U.K. the
Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA). The third was a U.S. Army
intelligence agent named Mai Pederson.
- In part two of the article, we suggested that Kelly's
mistreatment by MoD had made him a resentful employee and, with all his
dangerous knowledge, a prime candidate for elimination.
- However, information new to this writer since that article
provides a much stronger motive for the assassination of Dr. Kelly.
- For several months, Kelly had been communicating with
Victoria Roddam, a commissioning editor for Oneworld Publications based
in Oxford. One week before Kelly's death, she had sent him an e-mail that
said in part, "I think the time is ripe now more than ever for a title
which addresses the relationship between government, policy and war-I'm
sure you would agree." They had been discussing Kelly authoring a
book to be published by Victoria's company.
- Another document found among Kelly's effects at his home
and removed by police was an undated hand-written note from Roddam with
a list of suggested topics to be included in the book, any one of which
would have sent the elite in several countries into a containment mode.
- One such topic was the ethics of biological warfare,
a sticking point that could be responsible for a string of deaths of world-class
microbiologists in various countries.
- A second one was the involvement of corporations in biological
- A third was the role of the pharmaceutical and biotech
industries in biowarfare as well as prevention and containment.
- Yet another was the connection between Russia and Iraq
- Victoria had also listed a look at the proliferation
in the arms trade as well a look into the Royal United Services Institute-Whitehall.
- Finally, in the document there was a cryptic one-line
reference to the rules of the Royal Institute of International Affairs
- Recall Kelly was a neophyte member of the RIIA and likely
would not have known what rules, if any, the organization had on members
authoring books on sensitive subjects. He probably would have inquired
disclosing his intentions. He also may have discussed it with his fellow
member and confidante, Olivia Bosch.
- It would have been in character for him to discuss the
project with Judith Miller and perhaps seek her advice as she had authored
several books on topic. He may even have discussed it with his spiritual
advisor Mai Pederson.
- At any rate, Kelly's and Victoria's project was no longer
a secret (if it ever was). And now David Kelly has joined the growing list
of world-class microbiologists who have met mysterious deaths and/or been
- *The Murder of David Kelly (Parts I & II) can be
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