This topic has come back into the news today. A group of experts- a coroner, some doctors and others- wrote to the Times today questioning the official verdict of suicide. The Times website is now blocked (unless you pay) but here is an article from the independant-
A brief summary.
Dr Kelly was a government scientist who worked as an Iraq wepons inspector between the 2 Gulf wars. He could therefore be expected to be pretty used to dealing with stress, often travelling in Iraq, probably with unfriendly saddam era soldiers, looking for WMD.
He was identified as the source of the sexing up accusations against the Blair government. He spoke to 2 journalists. Andrew Gillingham of the today show and a woman who worked at newsnight (cannot remember the name). He was cleared to give info to journalists, but not to express opinions. It was the Gillingham story that lead to the sexing up claims.
After some investigation he was identified as the source and a few days later was found dead in a field. His wrist was cut and he had taken an OD.
He was a member of the Baha'i faith which usually frowns on suicide.
There was no proper inquest into his death. The hutton inquiry heard a brief summary of the medical evidence and concluded that suicide was the cause of death.
This is not the first time the cause of death has been challenged. 6 years ago the ambulance crew gave this interview-
However, a friend of David Kelly, Tom Mangold, was on the radio today to say that it was suicide. He said that there were private reasons to believe that he killed himself.
1/ he did lie to MPs the day before he died.
2/ He was obsessed with his reputation and being exposed as a liar would be intolerable.
3/ As he had lied and also because he had expressed an opinion to a journalist (the sexing up claim) he would no longer be able to work as a wepons inspector.
4/ He would then not be allowed to return to Bagdad. He said there was a strong desire in David Kelly to return to Bagdad but would not say on the radio what contributed to this desire.
From this he concluded it was suicide and said that this was the opinion of Dr Kelly's wife.
Who will rid me of this turbulent scientist?