The Pentagon’s Inspector General’s Office has confirmed to ABC News that it is investigating allegations that U.S. Central Command’s intelligence assessments of the progress of the war on ISIS was distorted to provide a more optimistic picture.
Bridget Serchak, a spokesperson for the Department of Defense‘s Inspector General, said in a statement.
“As has been previously reported, the Office of Inspector General Department of Defense has opened an investigation to address recent allegations concerning the processing of intelligence information by CENTCOM Intelligence Directorate.”
“The investigation will address whether there was any falsification, distortion, delay, suppression, or improper modification of intelligence information; any deviations from appropriate process, procedures, or internal controls regarding the intelligence analysis; and personal accountability for any misconduct or failure to follow established processes.”
Previously, Pentagon officials had declined to confirm an ongoing investigation since reports about the CENTCOM investigation first emerged three weeks ago. Last month, The New York Times reported that intelligence analysts alleged that draft intelligence assessments of the war on ISIS had been skewed by U.S. Central Command to present an optimistic view of the fight against ISIS.
Typically, the Pentagon does not confirm investigations being conducted by the Department of Defense’s Inspector General.