After reading the declassified portions of the National Intelligence Estimate, one has to wonder why only half the story was leaked?
And if the other half was leaked, would it have made headlines?
Would, “The jihadists regard Europe as an important venue for attacking Western interests. Extremist networks inside the extensive Muslim diasporas in Europe facilitate recruitment and staging for urban attacks, as illustrated by the 2004 Madrid and 2005 London bombings.” Have made the front page of the NYT?
We know that this portion was leaked and made headlines:
“The Iraq conflict has become the “cause celebre” for jihadists, breeding a deep resentment of US involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for the global jihadist movement.”
But the sentence immediately following it was not leaked:
“Should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves, and be perceived, to have failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry on the fight.”
The leakers are obviously guilty of twisting intelligence or selective use of intelligence.
And I sincerely doubt the second sentence would have made the front page of the NYT.
It is obvious the leak was politically motivated. The selective use of one sentence, while not using the second sentence in the same bullet point shows the exact intent of the leaker and how easy it is to get the NYT run with a false story based on a leak.