British weapons expert David Kelly, who died in July 2003 from cuts to his
wrist, said in October 2002 that Iraq had banned weapons and posed an immediate threat. In a BBC interview never aired, Kelly spoke only a month
after the weapons dossier was delivered to Parliament.
Kelly's interview lies somewhere in the middle of Tony Blair's claim that Iraq WMDs could be deployed in 45 minutes and anti-war proponents who
believe Iraq did not have any weapons at all. The late scientist said that he believed the weapons were there, and could be used in a matter of days
"Yes there is," Kelly responded to the question of whether there was an immediate threat. "Even if they're not actually filled and deployed
today, the capability exists to get them filled and deployed within a matter of days and weeks. So yes, there is a threat."
Kelly is believed to have committed suicide after being revealed as the apparent source for the claims that the British government exaggerated claims
on Iraq's threat.
The coroner is considering reopening an inquiry on David Kelly's death.