Intelligence Budget Disclosed

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Director of National Intelligence today released the aggregate size of the U.S. intelligence budget: $43.5 billion.

It's a remarkable victory for public access to information about our government, and no small piece of the credit goes to Steve Aftergood, a tireless advocate for public access to government information. Steve discusses the history and implications of today's announcement in his blog this morning:

Because the new disclosure is so sharply at odds with past practice, it may introduce some positive instability into a recalcitrant classification system. The question implicitly arises, if intelligence officials were wrong to classify this information, what other data are they wrongly withholding?

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