Below the Fold for July 27

Let's check out some political stories we found Below the Fold:

Who's "Sexin" Whom?

The BBC (search), which accused Tony Blair's government of "sexing up" intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, has now decided it doesn't want its reporters version of how it got that story to be made public.

BBC correspondent Andrew Gilligan has defended his report before a parliamentary committee. Before the same committee, the man Gilligan said was his source denied telling him what Gilligan claimed. The man, government scientist David Kelly, later committed suicide.

Some members of parliament said they did not consider Gilligan a satisfactory witness and the BBC is now saying it does not want his testimony released out of fears for his health.

Two top BBC executives have now cancelled their summer vacations to wage what the London Observer is calling a "rearguard action to save the BBC's reputation."

Attack Foiled

An Al Qaeda attempt to attack the American embassy in the Canadian capitol of Ottawa was foiled, sources say, with help from intelligence provided by Syria.

Canada's Can-West news service reports that Syria provided information about the planned attack to the CIA, which in turn alerted Canadian authorities, who were able to round up the plotters.

No one will say exactly when the attack was supposed to occur, but sources say the plan was to at least kill the U.S. marine guards who defend the embassy, located in a busy section of downtown Ottawa.

No more"Ant-ics"

The German government has hired 85 federal agents to enforce new laws that make it illegal to kill ants. According to the UK's Metro paper, The Ant Protection Officers will fan out across the nation to issue hefty fines to anyone caught defiling or destroying ant nests or hills.

Warns Senior Ant Protection Officer Diet Kraemer, "people with an ant hill in their garden must under no circumstances resort to the use of poison."