Intelligence analysts have given investigators documents they say show senior military officials distorted reports on the progress made against ISIS, The New York Times is reporting.
A spokeswoman for the Pentagon’s inspector general told the Times the investigation is focused on the intelligence command at Central Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in the Middle East. An unnamed government intelligence analyst told the newspaper the complaints involve senior officials in the unit.
“The investigation will address whether there was any falsification, distortion, delay, suppression or improper modification of intelligence information,” Bridget Serchak, the spokeswoman for the Pentagon’s inspector general, told the Times on Tuesday. Here’s more from the paper:
The New York Times reported last month that the investigation had begun, but the scope of the inquiry and the focus of the allegations were unclear. The officials now say that the analysts at the center of the investigation allege that their superiors within Centcom’s intelligence operation changed conclusions about a number of topics, including the readiness of Iraqi security forces and the success of the bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria.
The revisions presented a more positive picture to the White House, Congress and other intelligence agencies, the officials said.
The issue is likely to be raised Wednesday when Gen. Lloyd Austin, who oversees Centcom, testifies before a Senate panel on the military operations against ISIS.