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 Thursday.

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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.

Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum in Russia, was a former technical contractor for the National Security Agency and employee of the Central Intelligence Agency who revealed the existence of mass surveillance programs by the United States and Britain against their own citizens and citizens of other countries.

The budget summary also revealed that the CIA and NSA became more aggressive in efforts to hack into the computer networks of other countries to steal information or to sabotage the computer systems of enemy countries.

It also showed that the NSA planned to investigate at least 4,000 personnel with high security clearance suspected of compromising sensitive information. In addition, terrorism is shown in the budget to be considered the most serious threat to U.S. national security.

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  1. by spying on Israel, shouldn't the U.S. let Pollard go? mY TAXES PAY TO SPY ON OUR ALLIES AND HAVE NO CLUE WHAT IS GOING ON AT OUR ENEMIES SUCH AS Syria, Iran, North Korea, Cuba. Venezuela. The smaller the smekel, the bigger the threat to the USA and for USA to spy on Israel is only to learn how Israel who ds better products does it. That is called invasion of privacy and Pirating which was why the USA asked to be from England but the USA is no different than the queen and her monarchy. Charles ear seem same size as Bashir which is why they are kindred spirits and Bashir lived in London and married British. Bashir's son would have had a better brain if his mom was Yiddish and not british.

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