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British Weapons Adviser Reported Missing

A Ministry of Defense adviser, named by the government as the possible source for a disputed news report on Iraqi arms, has been reported missing by his family, police said Friday. David Kelly, 59, has not been seen since he left his home near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, in central England, at around 3 p.m. Thursday, telling his wife he was going for a walk, Thames Valley Police said. The family called police when he failed to return by 11:45 p.m. that night. Kelly appeared before a Parliamentary committee earlier this week to face questions over a British Broadcasting Corp. report, that government aides doctored intelligence on Iraqi weapons to strengthen the case for war. The government, which denies the claims, has asked the BBC to say whether Kelly was the unidentified official cited in the story, but the network has refused. The BBC report fueled a political storm over the handling of weapons intelligence by Prime Minister Tony Blair’s office, helping prompt two Parliamentary probes into the issue. Full Story

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