US intelligence agencies have carried out counterintelligence operations against
Israel, a secret report published by The Washington Post revealed on
According to the report, Israel is the only US ally that
American counterintelligence officials suspect of spying on the United States.
The other countries listed as targets of counterintelligence operations are
adversaries or rivals of the US.
The Washington Post obtained the
top-secret “black budget” from Edward Snowden, the former US intelligence
contractor who is wanted in the United States for leaking details of government
Snowden is in Russia, which granted him asylum for
According to the 178- page report, the budget of all 16
agencies that make up the US intelligence community is almost $53
According to the report, US intelligence officials displayed an
active interest in America’s friends and foes alike, and counterintelligence
operations “are strategically focused against priority targets of China, Russia,
Iran, Cuba and Israel.”
The Washington Post said it censored portions of
the secret budget at the request of US officials to avoid endangering agents and
operations methods, but still published many details of the intelligence
agencies’ efforts to regroup after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.