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David Kelly was Source for BBC Reports on Exaggerated Iraqi Weapons - 2003-07-20


The British Broadcasting Corporation says biological scientist David Kelly, who killed himself on Friday, was the source of its reports that the British government exaggerated intelligence information in order to justify the attack on Iraq.

The BBC's director of news, Richard Sambrook, says the corporation will hand over all its material to an independent inquiry looking into Dr. Kelly's death.

"We will make a full and frank submission to Lord Hutton and will provide full details of all the contacts between Dr. Kelly and two BBC journalists," said Mr. Sambrook, "including contemporaneous notes and other materials made by both journalists independently."

The reporters' notes could be damning to the Tony Blair government. The British prime minister, who is currently on a tour of Asia, rejected demands made for a recall of parliament to deal with the crisis.