50 spies claim ISIL intelligence was cooked

According to an defence official, intelligence related to ISIL was manipulated claiming that the "“cancer was within the senior level of the intelligence command,” and designed to fit public narrative.

50 spies claim ISIL intelligence was cooked

World Bulletin / News Desk

Speaking on anonymity two senior analysts have said that more than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military’s Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIL and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials according to a report in, The Daily Beast.

The complaints have forced the Pentagon’s inspector general to open an investigation into claim. The fact that so many people complained has suggested there are deep-rooted, systemic problems in how the U.S. military command assesses intelligence based in its war on ISIL.

Two senior analysts at CENTCOM signed a written complaint sent to the Defense Department inspector general in July saying that the reports, some of which were briefed to President Obama, portrayed the terror groups as weaker than the analysts believe they are. The reports were altered by CENTCOM senior officers to adhere to the administration’s public line that the U.S. is winning the battle against ISIL and al Nusra, al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the analysts claim.

That complaint was supported by 50 other analysts, with some saying the complaint has been going on for months. This is according to 11 individuals who are knowledgeable about the details of the report and who spoke to The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity. The signatories also have others prepared to back up the allegations with concrete examples.

The analysts have accused senior-level officers, including the director of intelligence and his deputy in CENTCOM, of manipulating their analyses to be more in line with the Obama administration’s public contention that the fight against ISIL and al Qaeda is making progress with analysyts having a far more pessimistic view.

Stalinist work environment

More over, a "Stalinist"approach to the work environment says one official, contributed to a climate in which analysts felt they could not give a honest assessment of the situation in Iraq and Syria. Some felt it was a product of commanders protecting their career advancement by putting the best spin on the war.

The analysts initially tried to address the issue internally and went to the inspector general as a last resort. Some of those who complained were urged to retire, one official familiar with the report told The Daily Beast. Some agreed to leave.

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