The latest leak from former National Security Agency (N.S.A.) contractor Edward Snowden to the Washington Post reveals the "black budget" for the U.S. National Intelligence Program in fiscal year 2013: $52.6 billion.
Until now, the applications of funds and the performance of spy agencies has never been made public. In a 178-page summary, the "black budget" outlines the technology, ongoing operations, and successes and failures of the U.S. intelligence community.
"The United States has made a considerable investment in the intelligence community since the terror attacks of 9/11, a time which includes wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction technology, and asymmetric threats in such areas as cyber-warfare," Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper, said in a statement to the Washington Post.
Lee Hamilton served 34 years in the House of Representatives. He is now Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, a member of the president’s Homeland Security Advisory Council and the C.I.A. External Advisory Board. He discusses the implications of Snowden's latest leak.