Government to Release National Intelligence Budget

By Matthew Harwood

The Director of National Intelligence is set to release one of the government's most closely guarded secrets at the end of the month, reports Tribune's The Swamp blog.

The nation’s spy chief will soon divulge one of the government’s most tightly-held secrets: the size of the national intelligence budget.

After decades of wrangling between the White House and Congress, lawmakers forced President Bush to approve the disclosure by including the requirement in a security bill he signed earlier this year.

So, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell will reveal the total intelligence spending for 2007 at the end of this month, said his spokesman Ross Feinstein.

"In government secrecy policy, the disclosure of the intelligence budget is the equivalent of the great white whale," said Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists, who disclosed the imminent disclosure today.


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