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Star Witness in U.K. Iraq Row Confirmed Dead

Weapons expert David Kelly apparently committed suicide by slashing his left wrist, police said Saturday in a case that has plunged the British government deeper into controversy over the intelligence used to justify war in Iraq. “Events over recent weeks have made David’s life intolerable, and all of those involved should reflect long and hard on this fact,” his family said in a statement read to reporters by police. Police said they found a knife and painkillers near Mr. Kelly’s body, which was discovered Friday in woods not far from his home in the village of Southmoor, 32 kilometres southwest of Oxford. Mr. Kelly disappeared two days after being grilled by a parliamentary committee about whether he was the source of a news report that cast doubt on the honesty of the government’s intelligence briefings on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. He denied being the source. “The cause of death was hemorrhaging from a wound to his left wrist. The injury is consistent with having been caused by a bladed object,” said acting superintendent David Purnell of Thames Valley Police. Full Story

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