Collateral Damage


AN INSPECTOR FALLS: Kelly's career included many Iraqi trips

It has the tawdry, implausible feel of a plot twist in a second-rate Tom Clancy novel. Britain's most distinguished expert on biological weapons, a mild, 59-year-old career bureaucrat of unblemished reputation, briefly rockets onto the national stage when he must tell a parliamentary committee about his contacts with a BBC journalist who may or may not have relied upon him to produce an incendiary story that challenged the integrity of the government. He appears strained while testifying — mumbling and shaking his head — denies being the source for the story, and complains about the experience afterwards, but the committee doesn't...

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