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Washington Post´s report “Top Secret America” is inaccurate says acting U.S. intel chief David Gompert.

The CIA is just one of more than a dozen US intelligence gathering agencies

The US secret intelligence gathering systems have grown so much since 9/11 that no-one knows their exact cost, nor size, the Washington Post reports.

The newspaper says the system is now so massive and unwieldy that it is impossible to determine its effectiveness in keeping the US safe.

The report, Top Secret America, follows a two-year investigation by the paper.

Acting US intelligence chief David C Gompert has dismissed the picture painted by the report as inaccurate.

“The reporting does not reflect the intelligence community we know,” Mr Gompert said in a statement.

“We accept that we operate in an environment that limits the amount of information we can share. However, the fact is, the men and women of the intelligence community have improved our operations, thwarted attacks, and are achieving untold successes every day.”

Before the report was published, the White House told the Washington Post it knew about the problems within US intelligence gathering and was trying to fix them.

DNI criticised

The report says the growth of the security industry – with billions of dollars of contracts farmed out to various government agencies and private contractors – has resulted in an unwieldy system lacking in oversight and with high levels of redundancy and waste.

According to the Washington Post:

  • Nearly 2,000 private companies and 1,270 government agencies are involved in counter-terror work at 10,000 locations across the country
  • Some 854,000 US citizens have the highest level of security clearance
  • A fifth of the US government’s anti-terror organisations have been created since the September 2001 attacks
  • More than 250 security bodies have been created or restructured since 9/11
  • More than 30 complexes with 17m sq ft of space (1.6m sq m) have been built for top-secret intelligence work in the Washington area since the attacks
  • Various agencies publish so many reports that they are often ignored by officials

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