Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) is a group which includes high-ranking retired US government intelligence professionals and whistlelowers. According to McGovern, the US has failed to provide an intelligence assessment of the crash, instead opting for a "government assessment" because intelligence officials would not sign on to the document, drawing on the failure to provide accurate information ahead of the Iraq invasion in 2003.
"What [US State Secretary John Kerry] offered was a 'Government Assessment', which means it was written in the White House, which means it was a political document written by political hacks, and that the intelligence analysts would not sign on to it," McGovern told Radio Sputnik's BradCast.
"We're investing 90 billion dollars a year in U.S. intelligence and when push comes to shove, we have to rely on social media?" McGovern asked.
McGovern also brought up the case of the 1986 Berlin discotheque bombing which killed two US soldiers, following which, then-US President Ronald Reagan ordered the release of intelligence tying Libya to the bombing despite it compromising a source.