Tuesday, March 1 2016 at 7:30PM
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On Tuesday 1st March Chichester Skeptics in the Pub host an evening with Robert Lewis who shall be talking about his book, “Dark Actors; The Mysterious Life and Tragic Death of David Kelly”.
Dr David Kelly became the centre of a media storm in 2003 when it was revealed he was the source in a BBC news report questioning the government's claims of WMD in Iraq. After he had met with BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan anonymously, it was reported on the Today program that the government had deliberately exaggerated the extent Saddam's weapons arsenal to make the case for war. In particular, it was alleged that the claim of Iraq possessing missiles that could hit the UK within 45-minutes was inserted into the government's dossier by Alistair Campbell, knowing it was false. In an unprecedented step the Ministry of Defence confirmed Kelly as the source of this leak and he was hauled before a Foreign Affairs Select Committee who questioned him about the journalists he had met. A few days later Dr Kelly was found dead in woodlands near his Oxfordshire home which was declared a suicide.
The circumstances before and after his death have led many to speculate that Kelly was killed by government agents keen to silence him or by avenging Iraqi secret services who he promised there would be no war; not many were satisfied by the conclusion of the Hutton Report that he had committed suicide. Robert Lewis has considered and examined all the evidence in this case, as well as the competing theories to explain these events. Come to the Chichester Inn on Tuesday 1st March to hear Robert's fascinating talk on one of the most controversial episodes of recent history.
The talk will be held at the Chichester Inn on Tuesday 1st March at 7:30pm. Tickets are available on the door priced at £5.