The report allegedly refutes the positive picture painted by the White House and the Republican led House Intelligence Committee of the war on terror.
The New York Times reports:
The classified National Intelligence Estimate attributes a more direct role to the Iraq war in fueling radicalism than that presented either in recent White House documents or in a report released Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee, according to several officials in Washington involved in preparing the assessment or who have read the final document.The intelligence estimate was completed in April and represents a consensus view of 16 U.S. spy services.
(I)t asserts that Islamic radicalism, rather than being in retreat, has metastasized and spread across the globe.The Times called National Intelligence Estimates "the most authoritative documents that the intelligence community produces on a specific national security issue." They are approved by John D. Negroponte, director of national intelligence.