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What could Andrew Gilligan's intelligence story have been?

By Magnus Linklater   March 2004

The BBC’s review of its internal procedures following the Hutton report may well come to a sobering conclusion: by mishandling the intelligence story reported by Andrew Gilligan in May last year, it not only prompted the resignation of its chairman and director general, it missed the story. What David Kelly, the government scientist, offered Gilligan in the course of his famous interview at the Charing Cross Hotel were clues to be investigated – clues that pointed to something more than the "sexing up" of its Iraq dossier. They were the first steps along a route that might have exposed the…

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