Israeli newspaper Maariv has revealed that US intelligence services set up a wide spying and data collection network in Israel in the wake of the 11/9 attacks as a part of the White House’s efforts to reinforce intelligence networks around the globe.
According to Maariv, The Washington Post obtained the leaked documents describing the extent of US intelligence efforts from Edward Snowden, a former agent of the US National Security Agency (NSA).
The documents revealed the US administration’s itemized “Black Budget” for intelligence services. The breakdown of this budget, which is estimated to be around $52.6 billion in 2013, has never been subject to public scrutiny before.
A number of US intelligence agencies, the documents showed, are carrying out spying activities and collecting data against ally countries such as Pakistan and Israel. Counter spying activities are also concentrated against Russia, China and Iran.
In addition, the documents revealed that the budget of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) rose to $14.7 billion in 2013. The documents also show that the CIA and NSA have made great efforts to hack into the computer networks of enemy states in order to steal information or to damage their informational systems.