July 26 ~ "... These are people who for a lifetime have been loyal hard-working servants of the State , well used to not breaking ranks and now they have so it is a very serious thing."
Air Marshall Sir John Walker spoke out in the Today Programme on behalf of John Morrison, (sacked it seems for saying "When I heard him using those words I could almost hear the collective raspberry going up around Whitehall") and on behalf of the "great 400 year old democracy of ours" Sir John said:
"....with what has gone on in terms of the whole dossier effect, the politicisation of the JIC, the decapitation of the BBC and the way this whole matter has been handled - I think to ask people to believe that this is just a normal end of contract would be beyond belief."The Telegraph reports that " Sir David Omand, the Cabinet Office permanent secretary, was reportedly infuriated by Mr Morrison's appearance. The ISC, unlike Commons select committees, reports to the Cabinet Office and Mr Morrison was told last week that his contract was being terminated."
Read also from one year ago "All the Prime Minister's Men" in the Telegraph
"... Sir David wrote to Sir Kevin, telling him to consider re-interviewing Dr Kelly and to prepare to release his name to the press if it became necessary...Dr Kelly may have had the impression at the end of his interview on Friday that the episode was at an end. Mr Blair, it is now clear, had other ideas. As Sir Kevin told the inquiry last week: "I was told by David Omand that the Prime Minister was following this very, very closely indeed, that he was not minded to ask for any precipitate action but the implication was that he wanted something done about it."..."