Secret U.S. Spy Budget Revealed

On Thursday, The Washington Post reported on U.S. spy agencies' $52.6 billion secret budget for fiscal year 2013. The information is said to be included in leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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WERTHEIMER: All that was known about the so-called black budget, detailing funding for U.S. intelligence agencies, was the bottom line - $52.6 billion. That's until yesterday, when The Washington Post published documents said to be Edward Snowden's latest leak. They showed the CIA dominating intelligence dollars, its budget is the biggest at over $14 billion, up from 4.8 the last time the black budget was leaked in 1994. And it now controls 28 percent of intelligence funding, up from 11 percent in 1994.

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