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Viewpoint: Did ‘dark actors’ kill Kelly?

July 1, 1993

The recent death of British weapons expert Dr. David Kelly has given rise to much speculation.

No sooner was his body found than the major propaganda outlets branded anyone who doubted the “suicide” story as conspiracy theorists.

What gives rise to all this surmising is the alarming number of suicides claimed for up to 20 of the world’s leading microbiologists in the past several months, plus the circumstances surrounding Dr. Kelly’s demise.

The Sunday Mail in London reported that only hours before he died, Dr. Kelly, in an e-mail to American author Judy Miller, warned that “many dark actors” were working against him.

That description is believed to be a reference to the Ministry of Defense and the intelligence agencies of the British government.

As we’ve said before, in today’s world, very little is what it seems to be. Various reports have said Dr. Kelly’s death was “confirmed as suicide.”

The Web site Scoop.co.nz observed: “…legally neither the police, nor the media, have any power to make such a determination.”

A coroner’s inquest will ultimately find the cause of death, and that is weeks or maybe months off.

Scoop further noted that, “While the evidence that has been released about the death is consistent with suicide, it is also consistent with a murder made to look like suicide.”

Police said they found a knife and an open package of pain pills beside Kelly’s body. They said nothing about a letter or note.

Crazy conspiracy theories, you say? Some pertinent questions were raised by the Web site WhatReallyHappened.com:

“Why would he commit suicide NOW? And why try to commit suicide using the slowest method possible, out on the open, where he might be seen and stopped, as opposed to renting a motel room with a bed and bathtub? How could Kelly know that, once he was unconscious, a passerby might not spot him and call for an ambulance?”

Dr. Kelly bled to death from a wound in his left wrist, apparently made by a knife. That is a method seldom used by male suicide victims and one that is often unsuccessful because it takes a long time to die.

Kelly had become a central figure in a red-hot row between the BBC and the Blair government. His name had emerged as the source for a BBC report that claimed the U.K. administration, notably Alastair Campbell, the British counterpart to Ari Fleischer, and the Ministry of Defense, had hoked up intelligence reports on Iraqi weapons programs to gain support for an invasion.

Kelly, who had been a U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq, was one that believed weapons of mass destruction were present there. None have been found.

The deceased scientist had informed his superiors that he spoke with BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan before the broadcast report came out.

Recent reports said Dr. Kelly had been threatened by the government with criminal prosecution and loss of his pension if he did not cooperate with an inquiry approved by Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Friends said Kelly did not seem despondent or suicidal in the hours immediately before his death. He told one colleague he intended to put the scandal behind him and looked forward to returning to Iraq.

Kelly was the latest of a lengthy string of world-renowned scientists to die under questionable circumstances.

Nov. 12, 2001, Dr. Benito Que, a cell biologist working on diseases like HIV, was found in a coma outside his laboratory and later died.

Nov. 16, 2001, Dr. Don C. Wiley, a foremost researcher of infectious diseases, was reported missing. His car, filled with gas and the keys in the ignition, was found abandoned on a bridge in Memphis. His body turned up Dec. 21, 2002, in the Mississippi River in Louisiana.

Nov. 21, 2001, Dr. Vladimir Pasechnik, a Russian microbiologist who defected to Britain in 1989, was found dead. Colleagues said he died of a stroke.

Dec. 10, 2001, Dr. Robert M. Schwartz was found murdered in Leesburg, Va. He had worked on DNA sequencing for 15 years.

Dec. 14, 2001, in Australia, a highly skilled microbiologist, Set Van Nguyen, was found dead in a laboratory airlock that had filled with nitrogen from a leaking cooling system. Nov. 2, 2001, it was reported a 61-year-old Vietnamese immigrant who worked in a hospital, was killed by deadly anthrax spores. Her name? Kathy Nguyen.

Feb. 9, 2002, Russia’s Pravda announced the death of Victor Korshunov, head of the microbiology sub-faculty of the Russian State Medical University. His head had been bashed in. The paper said two other scientists, Ivan Glebov and Alexi Brushlinski were killed in January.

On Feb. 14, 2002, The London Times reported the body of Ian Langford, a leading research scientist at the University of East Anglia, was found in his blood-spattered home in Norwich. The cause of death was not determined.

Feb. 28, 2002, the Mercury News of San Francisco carried a story reporting the death of Dr. Tanya Holzmayer, a genomic scientist. She was shot to death by a former co-worker as she took delivery of a pizza.

March 25, 2002, Dr. Steven Mostow, a top infectious disease expert and Associate Dean of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, was killed in a plane crash.

That is only a partial list; there are other victims.

It may be that Dr. Kelly’s death was indeed suicide, but there have simply been too many such “suicides” among the world’s top scientists and some political figures to rule out the possibility it was something else.

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