JRL NEWSWATCH: “Political appointees, career analysts clashed over assessments of Russian, Chinese interference in 2020 election” – Washington Post/ Ellen Nakashima

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“… [P]olitical appointees clashed with career intelligence analysts over the extent to which Russia and China interfered or sought to interfere in the 2020 election, … each side accusing the other of politicization, according to a report by … Barry A. Zulauf, … [ODNI] ‘analytic ombudsman’ …, describ[ing] an intelligence community afflicted by a ‘widespread perception in the workforce about politicization’ of analysis … of foreign election File Photo of Beijing Temple, adapted from image at lbl.govinfluence — one that he says threatens the legitimacy of the agencies’ work. … Citing Zulauf’s report, [DNI] John Ratcliffe … charged … that career analysts in a recently completed classified assessment failed to capture the full scope of Chinese government influence on the electionKremlin and River — a charge that some current and former officials say illustrates the issue of politicization, because it downplays the much larger role of Russia. …”

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