Adam L. Silverman
The full and almost completely unredacted 2002 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program has now been released. Vice News' Jason Leopold reported this out last Thursday and Vice's coverage includes a copy of the report for download as a pdf on their site. Vice received the NIE from John Greenwalde who submitted a new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request last year asking that the report be reviewed again for release with minimal redaction. Amazingly enough it was! A highly redacted version had been released in 2004 and the CIA had also released a twenty-five page unclassified summary back in 2002. This new release now allows everyone to see exactly what the US Intelligence Community's actual take on Iraq's chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear program was and compare it to what was either selectively declassified for release in speeches or leaked in order to make the case for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Click on through to read Vice's full coverage of how this NIE was created, how it finally came to be released, and how it was used as part of the justification for war.
* National Intelligence Estimate crest and graphic taken from here.