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Wednesday, 28 January 2004

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Delly was strangely horse-like.

Dr Kevin Delly, the man named as the source for the Sun newspaper's article supposedly detailing the findings of the Hutton Inquiry into the death of Dr David Kelly, has been found dead just seven minutes after being exposed.

The report by Lord Hutton has investigated the events surrounding the death of Dr David Kelly; a government weapons expert who committed suicide after he was named as the source of a BBC report stating that the government had "sexed up" a dossier on the threat of Iraq, which included a claim that they could deploy weapons of mass destruction in 45 minutes.

The report is due to be released later today, following a televised statement, but at lunchtime on Tuesday, advance copies were given to the family of Dr Kelly, the government, and the BBC; Dr Delly worked for the latter.

For reasons unknown, Dr Delly gave the information from the report to the Sun newspaper, but following the uproar at the printing of the article, Delly was soon named. Just seven minutes after his name was revealed on BBC News 24, a dogwalker in woods near his home witnessed him commit suicide.

Sun political editor, Trevor Kavanagh, has expressed his grief over the event. "The naming of Delly was unavoidable, but our thoughts go out to his family and friends. Funny though isn't it? Woods, newspaper report, unnamed source, suicide ... twice in a year, what are the chances!" he said on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

The similarities are undeniable. Lord Hutton is rumoured to be putting his work shoes on...

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