The fiscal year 2013 “black budget” obtained from National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden by The Washington Post reveals that U.S. officials view Israel as one of the Nation’s top spying threats.
In the budget, Israel is categorized along with Iran, Cuba and other U.S. foes as “key targets” for counterintelligence efforts.
“To further safeguard our classified networks, we continue to strengthen insider threat detection capabilities across the Community,” reads the Congressional budget justification for intelligence programs. “In addition, we are investing in target surveillance and offensive CI [counterintelligence] against key targets, such as China, Russia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and Cuba.”
The document suggests that the Israelis, who receive about $3 billion in annual U.S. aid, do not have faith in U.S. promises that the two nations’ interests are in line.