As the Journal points out, “intelligence reports are often delayed by major developments that could affect the assessments, such as the Sadr fighting.” This report, however, was not delayed, and there is no mention of the failed offensive in the report. It has, however, come right in time for the Petraeus and Crocker hearings next week.
April 2, 2008
The Honorable John M. McConnell
Director of National Intelligence
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Washington, DC 20511
Dear Director McConnell:
We are writing to ask you to release an unclassified summary of the key conclusions and judgments in the new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq.
This information is critical to the public debate in the coming weeks and months. Without a current unclassified assessment of the situation in Iraq, Congress and the American people will not have the essential information needed for an informed public debate.
There is no compelling reason not to release an unclassified version of this latest NIE that summarizes the major conclusions and judgments of the classified report, while still protecting the sources and methods of our intelligence community. Recent NIE’s on Iraq have included unclassified versions that were released to the public, and we urge you to continue this established practice.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this important matter, and we look forward to the release of an unclassified NIE on Iraq before General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker testify to the Congress.
With respect and appreciation,
Edward M. Kennedy