REVIEW by Chris Moss

NWR Issue 105

Dark Actors: The Life and Death of Dr David Kelly

by Robert Lewis

The death of weapons inspector Dr David Kelly on 17 July 2003 was one of several shadowy episodes surrounding British and allied military intervention in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Because of the time-sensitive, shock-hungry nature of rolling news coverage, the mystery – and tragedy – of his alleged suicide was soon lost in a blur of surrounding detail, most notably the commissioning and composition of the so-called ‘dodgy dossier’ that helped justify the US-led invasion on 19 March and the controversy surrounding BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan’s claim that the dossier had been ‘sexed up’ by the government...

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