Back in July, Freedom Outpost’s Suzanne Hamner mentioned the fact that National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden was the “gift that keeps on giving.” In follow up articles she demonstrated just that. Well, now there is a new revelation. Mr. Snowden, now living in Russia under asylum for one year, has now revealed a summary of the 2013 classified budget of the U.S. intelligence community. WAPO reports:
U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to the government’s top-secret budget.
The $52.6 billion “black budget” for fiscal 2013, obtained by The Washington Post from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, maps a bureaucratic and operational landscape that has never been subject to public scrutiny. Although the government has annually released its overall level of intelligence spending since 2007, it has not divulged how it uses the money or how it performs against the goals set by the president and Congress.
The 178-page budget summary for the National Intelligence Program details the successes, failures and objectives of the 16 spy agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community, which has 107,035 employees.
The summary describes cutting-edge technologies, agent recruiting and ongoing operations. The Post is withholding some information after consultation with U.S. officials who expressed concerns about the risk to intelligence sources and methods. Sensitive details are so pervasive in the documents that The Post is publishing only summary tables and charts online.
After consulting with U.S. intelligence officials, the Washington Post chose to publish only a portion of pages from the 178-page document, and for the first time reveal to the American public and the enemies and allies of the United States, the US intelligence community’s spending priorities. According to WAPO they kept some information out of the report due to consultation with the Obama administration. Imagine that! Supposedly it was to protect U.S. intelligence sources and methods.
Among the surprises in the documents was the fact that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) receives more money than the NSA: $14.7 billion for the CIA, which commands 28% of the budget, versus $10.8 billion for the NSA. The CIA has seen an increase of 56% in its budget since 2004.
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