7/12 The Kelly Cover -up?

7/12 The Kelly Cover -up?

The Kelly Cover-up?


noun 1 a device or stratagem for masking or concealing. 2 a usually concerted effort to keep an illegal or unethical act or situation from being made public.

The mysterious “suicide” of Doctor David Kelly is the story that refuses to go away… it’s also one of the five strange deaths of germ war scientists we investigate in our film Anthrax War and accompanying book Dead Silence – Fear and Terror on the Anthrax Trail.

As we prepare to hold the film’s UK premiere at the Frontline Club in London, on the sixth anniversary of his death, we find that David Kelly is back in the headlines – the Mail on Sunday reports that a group of leading doctors has just announced that they are mounting a legal challenge to overturn the British government’s official ruling of suicide.

We never believed it from the get go…

Kelly had crossed our radar early in our investigation into the 2001 U.S. Anthrax Attacks – he was perhaps the world’s foremost expert of biological weapons and as such was on our short-list to be interviewed. So when he turned up “dead in the woods” shortly after the invasion of Iraq in a scandal about leaks to the press about the “sexed up” intelligence claims, we thought it important to take a closer look.

In 2004, a few months after his death we traveled to Oxfordshire to examine the evidence for ourselves … While the media circus surrounding Kelly’s death and the subsequent Hutton enquiry was focusing on the details about who said what to whom at the BBC and the Prime Minister’s office, no-one was examining the forensics of Kelly’s demise… and they simply did not make sense.

We tracked down the searcher who discovered Kelly’s body, interviewed the UK’s leading vascular surgeon, John Scurr who clearly explained the unlikelihood of committing suicide by severing the ulnar artery and spoke to the editor of One World Publishers who confirmed that Kelly was seriously contemplating writing a book. It was clear there was much more to this case… especially relating to Kelly’s work for the Department of Defence as a microbiologist specializing in germ warfare and his tenure as head of microbiologist at Porton Down, the UK’s top-secret lab.

Over the course of several years further digging our film and book reveal many new details of Kelly’s key role in the shadowy world of international germ warfare, including:

* His direct dealings, and the UK government’s relationship with apartheid South Africa’s notorious Project Coast program which worked on developing an “ethnic” germ weapon that could target the country’s black population.

* His possible links to illegal human experiments on British servicemen at Porton Down that were the focus of the largest ever police investigation by the the Wisltshire Police which recommended that charges be brought against Porton Down scientists. Unnoticed in the media storm surrounding the Kelly case at the time, the Crown Prosecution Service quietly decided not to pursue with the cases just days before Kelly was found dead on Harrowdown Hill.

* Further evidence that he was planning to write a book that could violate the Official Secrets Act.

Was David Kelly the proverbial “man who know too much”? And what secrets did he take to his grave?

Anthrax War will have its UK premiere at the Frontline Club, London on Friday July 17th at 7:00 PM.