Bush to declassify part of National Intelligence Estimate

Bemoaning an election-year leak, President George W. Bush on Tuesday said he would declassify parts of a secret terrorism document that included a judgment the Iraq war had spread Islamic extremism.

At a news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Bush said political opponents had disclosed only select parts of the National Intelligence Estimate, a U.S. global report on terrorism, and he decided to make the document public so "you read it for yourself."

"Somebody has taken it upon themselves to leak classified information for political purposes," Bush said.

The report, disclosed over the weekend, said the analysis by the 16 U.S. spy agencies completed in April concluded the Iraq war had spread Islamic radicalism and made the overall terrorism problem worse.

Democrats seized on it to criticize the Republican administration over the increasingly unpopular war, a key issue just weeks before the November 7 elections when control of both houses of the U.S. Congress is at stake.

Bush is intent on portraying his party as stronger on national security than Democrats and better able to protect Americans.

A public version of the intelligence document could be made available this week, officials said.