BBC Reporter in Weapons Probe Resigns

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By: Jill Lawless, Associated Press Writer

(AP) British Broadcasting Corp. reporter Andrew Gilligan, whose story about Iraqi weapons led to a feud with the British government and a judicial inquiry, said Friday he was resigning from the BBC.

In a statement, Gilligan apologized for mistakes in his May 2003 story.

“My departure is at my own initiative,” he said. “But the BBC collectively has been the victim of a grave injustice.”

The BBC’s two top officials resigned this week and the corporation apologized to the government after senior judge Lord Hutton, appointed by Prime Minister Tony Blair to investigate the death of a scientist caught up in the dispute, said the BBC had been wrong when it quoted an anonymous source as saying officials had “sexed up” intelligence to justify war in Iraq.

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