U.S. spies on Israel as well as Iran, secret budget shows

U.S. spy agencies target their counterintelligence operations on Israel along with Iran and China, among other countries, a budget summary for the secret National Intelligence Program reveals.

The $52.6 billion “black budget” for fiscal 2013 for the 16 U.S. spy agencies was obtained by the Washington Post from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the newspaper reported Aug. 29.

The budget summary, formally known as the Congressional Budget Justification for the National Intelligence Program, revealed that counterintelligence operations “are strategically focused against [the] priority targets of China, Russia, Iran, Cuba and Israel,” according to the Washington Post.

The budget summary also revealed that the CIA and National Security Agency became more aggressive in efforts to hack into the computer networks of other countries to steal information or to perform sabotage.  — jta