The Pentagon is investigating whether military officials have improperly rewritten intelligence assessments to give a more optimistic view of the US-led campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the New York Times reported Wednesday.
The inspector general probe began after at least one civilian analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency said he had evidence that US Central Command officials were reworking intelligence report conclusions prepared for President Barack Obama and other policymakers.
Unnamed government officials detailed the claim to the Times, though it was unclear when the reports were changed and who was responsible.
Under a directive by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the 17 US intelligence agencies, analytical assessments “must not be distorted” by a particular audience, agenda or policy view.
US officials told the Times that complaints had been made to the intelligence community’s inspector general, and that the Pentagon’s inspector general then took up the matter.
If the assessments were indeed skewed, it could help explain why public descriptions of progress against the militants has varied.