London - Detectives probing the Alpine massacre of the Iraqi-born satellite communications expert have reopened al-Hilli's Special Branch file.
A raft of British newspaper stories this weekend paint a vivid picture of covert surveillance on foreign intelligence suspects ahead of the war to oust Saddam.
Hilli's vintage pedigree credentials on covert data transfer techniques may have included links to various scientific dissidents' groups.
These were milked for WMD evidence on Blair government orders and formed the basis for the Legal Argument for War.
At a Claygate, Surrey wine bar this afternoon locals who've never met the reclusive al-Hilli spoke of concerns 'about a Blair/Bush hitman' being involved in the Chevaline bloodbath.
"Stands to reason, innit?" one lager-quaffing patron said in between gulps.
Interestingly enough the drive-by shooting took place a few hundred miles from the Luberon chateau where Kate and William just happened to be holidaying - within easy enough driving distance of the massacre site.
At this stage they are not suspects a Gendarmerie source commented today.
But their Malaysia freebie has suddenly been put on ice amid an official scare about travel security.
WMD dodgy dossier specialist Dr David Kelly was 69.