[govinfo] GovInfo News -- 11-03-06

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2006 10:46:23 -0500

- Pentagon Looking Into Leak of Classified Intel to New York Times

Patrice McDermott, Director
202-332-OPEN (6736)

Thursday , November 02, 2006

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is looking into how classified information indicating 
Iraq is moving closer to chaos wound up on the front page of Wednesday's New 
York Times, and is not ruling out an investigation that could lead to criminal 
A spokesman for U.S. Central Command, which has responsibility for operations 
in Iraq, confirmed to FOX News that a chart published in the Times is a real 
reflection of the thinking of military intelligence on the situation in Iraq as 
of Oct. 18, adding that an effort is underway to find out who leaked the chart 
and if the breach of operational security constitutes a crime.

The published report includes a classified one-page slide show from an Oct. 18 
military briefing. The slide show is titled: "Iraq: Indications and Warnings of 
Civil Conflict," and shows spiraling violence in Iraq and a worsening position 
for American efforts.

Based on the slide show, Iraq is moving sharply away from "peace," designated 
in green on the left side of the chart, to a point much closer to the red-zoned 
right side of the spectrum, marked "chaos."
As depicted in the command's chart, the needle has been moving steadily toward 
the far right of the chart since February, when a Shiite shrine in Samarra was 
bombed by insurgents.

An intelligence summary at the bottom of the slide says urban areas are 
"experiencing 'ethnic cleansing' campaigns to consolidate control," and 
violence is at an "all-time high, spreading geographically."
The Times reports the analysis was prepared by the command's intelligence 
directorate, which is headed by Brig. Gen. John M. Custer.

The New York Times had not yet responded to a request for comment by FOX News 
about how it obtained the chart, but a spokeswoman for the newspaper said it 

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