8/01/2003 11:03:00 AM
by The MinuteMan
I Am Nonplussed
Hearings will begin today on the circumstances under which Dr. Kelly died. Dr. Kelly, you recall, was identifed as the source for a controversial BBC report which claimed that the Blair team had "sexed-up" the intelligence on WMDs in order to strengthen the case for war with Iraq.
His death has been widely reported as a probable suicide - the man was under tremendous pressure, and he was found with his wrists slashed, with painkillers nearby.
Today, however, Lord Hutton, who will oversee the inquiry, revealed this
...Dr Kelly's body had been found with four electrocardiogram pads on his chest -- one of the mysteries he wished to unravel.
What? If some sinister third party staged a suicide, why leave this? Or, if it was a suicide, what is up with the pads?
Or, are we about to find out that Dr. Kelly, on top of his other worries, was being treated for a heart condition? But this explanation seems so obvious that one wonders why it is being characterized as a mystery - surely investigators would have learned of a medical situation by now.
The Vince Foster crowd will never get over this.