The Guardian, Body matches Kelly's description, in a "2.45pm update" quotes Mr Mangold as stating that Janice Kelly told him the following in a telephone call on the morning of 18th July 2003:
Mr Mangold told ITV News: "She [Dr Kelly's wife] told me he had been under considerable stress, that he was very very angry about what had happened at the committee, that he wasn't well, that he had been to a safe house, he hadn't liked that, he wanted to come home.
Interestingly, neither Janice Kelly nor Tom Mangold mention the "safe house" nor the distress it caused David Kelly in their oral evidence to the Hutton Inquiry.
The following interpretations occur to me to explain this discrepancy:
- The Guardian misquotes Tom Mangold and his evidence (and that of Janice Kelly) to Hutton was honest and complete.
- Tom Mangold invented Janice Kelly's supposed statement about the "safe house" for reasons of attention seeking or otherwise, and his evidence (and that of Janice Kelly) to Hutton was honest and complete.
- Tom Mangold accurately reported what Janice Kelly told him on the morning of 18th July 2003. If that is the case then both the evidence of Janice Kelly and Tom Mangold to the Hutton Inquiry fail with respect to accuracy and completeness, since neither mention the "safe house" in their oral testimony.
Option 1., above, doesn't appear to hold water since the Independent of 19th July 2003, The death of a civil servant, a casualty of war, quotes Tom Mangold using almost identical wording:
Mr Mangold said Dr Kelly's wife had told her that her husband was infuriated and made deeply unhappy by the way events unfolded. "She told me that he was very, very angry about what had happened at the committee," Mr Mangold said, "that he wasn't well, that he had been to a safe house, he hadn't liked that, he wanted to come home."
With respect to the evidence that Janice Kelly gave to Hutton the following questions arise in my mind:
- Had she forgotten David Kelly's stay in the "safe house"?
- Had she decided, following "coaching" or otherwise, to mislead the Hutton Inquiry by withholding what she knew about David Kelly's supposed stay in the "safe house"?
I find it astonishing that both Thames Valley Police and the Hutton Inquiry failed through incompetence, pre-meditated or otherwise, adequately to explore the evidence suggesting that David Kelly had been held in a "safe house" at some point in the days before his death.
Whether David Kelly was murdered or committed suicide I believe it is important to establish the truth, or otherwise, of the "safe house" story including the identity of those organisations and individuals who were party to what appears, ipso facto, to have been the kidnapping of David Kelly.