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4.0 out of 5 stars A book of strange contrasts but with many shocking truths, 8 Oct. 2010
This review is from: The Strange Death of David Kelly (Paperback)
I got this from my local library. It is one of the better political exposes I have read. Intriguing, shocking, even frightening in places.

It has a slow start which other reviewers have highlighted as "turgid" but it gives a damning indictment of Tony Blair and his government (particularly Alistair Campbell and Geoff Hoon) and surgically dissects the way in which they twisted the available intelligence on Iraq's WMD programmes to say exactly the opposite of the prevailing view of David Kelly and other UN weapons inspectors at the time; which was that although Iraq probably had some remaining WMD stockpiles (and some of their WMD may have been moved to Syria) it was not a current threat to Iraq's neighbours, the UK or its interests. It also clearly demonstrates how the investigation into Dr Kelly's death was badly botched and the known facts couldn't possibly support a verdict of suicide. This part of the book is meticulously researched and argued with many authoritative sources.

The second portion reads almost like a spy thriller as it gets under the skin of the murky world of intelligence agencies, weapons inspectors, dissident Iraqi groups and WMD proliferation. I found some of the revelations startling and even genuinely scary. Anyone questioning the "official" version of events seemed to run into a lot of heavy pressure to back off. Although many sources have to be kept anonymous we have to take the author at his word that he has checked their credentials as credible sources.

The final part of the book does the rest a bit of a disservice and feels rushed. It recounts some of the more crackpot theories that came in anonymously as he did his research and a whistle-stop tour of which countries (or its agents) might bear a grudge against Dr Kelly and therefore have a motive for assassinating him. Insufficient time is given to each and there is insufficient hard evidence to back the analysis up, which is why his final conclusion on who killed Dr Kelly and why the attempt to make it appear a suicide was so bungled are hard to accept.

What does come out of the book is that there are far to many inconsistencies in the official verdict of suicide for it to be credible. Important evidence was never put before the Hutton inquiry or simply ignored. It wasn't natural causes, it wasn't an accident and it wasn't suicide, which only leaves murder by person or persons unknown. I think Baker's case on this is rock solid. Who actually killed the UK's foremost expert on biological weapons and why are not proven, but "the truth is out there" as they say!
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Initial post: 12 Jul 2015 20:25:11 BDT
Nicky Beet says:
the views regarding suicide in this book are nothing more than wild and ignorant assertions that seem to claim that he just wasnt the type to kill himself without stating what a person who kills there self is like and seems to imply that he is somehow better than anyone who kills them self
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