One aspect of the latest reveal of the US budget for intelligence agencies that has been reported in the media is the alleged budget for a program to break encryption. From an Ars Technica article on the subject:
The federal government is pouring almost $11 billion per year into a 35,000-employee program dedicated to "groundbreaking" methods to decode encrypted messages such as e-mails
I've seen the same statement repeated in the german media. The reason I'm skeptical is that this budget is around the same size as the reported budget for the CIA and NSA each. This seems to be an extraordinary amount for a single program, and I'm wondering if it is a misinterpretation of the leaked documents.
This program is referred to as the "Consolidated Cryptologic Program" in the articles, what is the evidence that this is a program to crack encryption? And is the claim in the article that all of the $11 billion are spend on cracking encryption supported by the leaked documents?