JOHN SCARLETT, the head of the Joint Intelligence Committee, will be questioned today over his role in the Kelly affair, when he steps out of the shadows of a career in the anonymity of the intelligence services.
That the head of the JIC, a career MI6 officer, is subject to such public scrutiny at the Hutton inquiry is in itself remarkable, but he is only the opening act of the drama's third week.
Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, who many believe will take the blame over the David Kelly affair, will give evidence tomorrow on his role in the public naming of the civil servant. He will be followed on Thursday by Tony Blair, the first time a prime minister has given evidence in public to such an inquiry; Mr Blair will face close questioning about his own role in the Kelly affair and the changes made to the September dossier on Iraq.
Both men are used to the spotlight, whereas Mr Scarlett is a man for whom anonymity has been a way of life. He had been with MI6 for more than 30 years, rising to become one of its five directors, before becoming head of the JIC last year when he was publicly named and photographed for the first time. Only two public photographs of Mr Scarlett exist - …