Seth Rosenblatt
August 29, 2013

Among the NSA’s annual budget of $52.6 billion are requests to bankroll “groundbreaking cryptanalytic capabilities” that can beat cryptography and mine regular Internet traffic, new documents leaked by Edward Snowden to the Washington Post reveal.

The document in question, the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Justification — referred to as the “Black Budget” — states on page 4: “…we are investing in groundbreaking cryptanalytic capabilities to defeat adversarial cryptography and exploit Internet traffic.”

Because of its mention in the Black Budget, it’s thought that this investment is different from In-Q-Tel, the Central Intelligence Agency’s independent venture capital investment firm.

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