from Business Insider:
The scandal surrounding US intelligence reports on ISIS just hit President Barack Obama’s inner circle.
James Clapper, America’s top spy, is reportedly in “frequent and unusual contact” with the military officer who is suspected of allowing US reports on ISIS to be altered to fit the administration’s official line, Spencer Ackerman at The Guardian reports.
“In communications, Clapper, who is far more senior than [Army Brig. Gen. Steven Grove], is said to tell Grove how the war looks from his vantage point, and question Grove about Central Command’s assessments,” Ackerman writes.
“Such a situation could place inherent pressure on a subordinate, sources said.”
Clapper, the director of national intelligence, reportedly talks to Grove, the head of US Central Command’s intelligence wing, almost every day, according to The Guardian.
A former intelligence official told the newspaper that this was “highly unusual.”
This report comes amid a Pentagon investigation into accusations that top military officials have pressured analysts into conforming their reports to the Obama administration’s narrative of the fight against ISIS (also known as Islamic State, ISIL, and Daesh).
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