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Last Updated: 07/31/2003Gilligan's Millstone
The author, in picking up the the contentious issues surrounding the death of scientist David Kelly, argues that international law remains as strong and effective today as it did before the decision was made to invade Iraq.
There is only one good thing that can be said of the dispute between the BBC and the British Government which ended last week with the death of scientist David Kelly. The spat did nothing to improve the British public's understanding of why it was 'at war'.
“The law obtaining between nations is law (improperly so called) set by general opinion. The duties which it imposes are enforced by moral sanctions: by fear on the part of
Andrew Gilligan’s statement 20 July 2003
Statement issued on behalf of Andrew Gilligan:
"I want to make it clear that I did not misquote or misrepresent Dr David Kelly.
"Entirely separately from my meeting with him, Dr Kelly expressed very similar concerns about Downing Street interpretation of intelligence in the dossier and the unreliability of the 45-minute point to Newsnight.
"These reports have never been questioned by Downing Street.
"Although Dr Kelly had close connections with the intelligence community none of these reports ever described him as a member of the intelligence services, but as a senior official closely involved in the preparation of the dossier."http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2003/07_july/20/gilligan_20july.shtml
Nicholas Reader is a freelance journalist. He can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org