Friday, 10 December 2010

The death of David Kelly - Security clearance for Professor Gudjonsson

On the page of evidence from Thames Valley Police is the following document:

Security clearance - Professor Gisli Hannes Gudjonsson - not for release - Police operational information TVP/7/0118 - 0120

Professor Gudjonsson seems to be a forensic psychologist.

What relevance is his security clearance to the Hutton Inquiry?


  1. His experiece seems to be in FALSE CONFESSIONS. Read the paragraph here on Interrogative Suggestability: "According to (Gudjonnson & Clark's) model a suggestible person who is subjected to leading questions and negative feedback may have his memory of the event in question distorted, particularly if the interviewee does not know for certain the right answers to the questions."

    But quite why he needs security clearance is a mystery.
    Perhaps it was his then then recent book The Psychology of Interrogations and Confessions that brought him to the attention of the TV Police/Hutton Inquiry?
    Guardian inteview here with him from Dec 2002. I wonder what his role was - he wasn't a witness.

  2. By the way, there is no date on that document.

  3. Yes, a date on the document would have been useful in interpreting its significance.