'Grim' Afghanistan Report To Be Kept Secret by US

White House has "no plans to declassify" new national intelligence estimate.

ByBrian Ross
September 23, 2008, 1:33 PM

September 23, 2008— -- US intelligence analysts are putting the final touches on a secret National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Afghanistan that reportedly describes the situation as "grim", but there are "no plans to declassify" any of it before the election, according to one US official familiar with the process.

Officials say a draft of the classified NIE, representing the key judgments of the US intelligence community's 17 agencies and departments, is being circulated in Washington and a final "coordination meeting" of the agencies involved, under the direction of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, is scheduled in the next few weeks.

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