How Much Does the Government Pay to Keep Its Secrets?

How Much Does the Government Pay to Keep Its Secrets?

Every year, the Information Security Oversight Office reports to the President the estimated costs of securing the nation's classified information. In 2011, that total cost was nearly $11.4 billion — more than double the budget from just ten years ago.

Some argue that in today's digital era, the leaking of private documents is increasingly easy, so the program warrants greater protection. Regardless, there's no denying that the cost of keeping government secrets is ballooning, and taxpayers are footing the bill.

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