Earlier this month, Pando’s Yasha Levine revealed that almost everyone involved in Tor was (or is) funded by the US government. The revelation was particularly alarming given Tor is the tool recommended by privacy advocates, including NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, as a way to keep communications hidden from government eyes.
Now, according to tax documents released this week, we learn that the Tor Project received over $1.8m from the US government in 2013. Of that, $256,900 came directly from the State Department, with an additional $555, 413 coming from Internews Network, which the documents confirm as a “pass-through” organization for State Department money.
More troublingly, $830,269 of Tor’s budget came from the US Department of Defense, including for helping the US military with “communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.”
The full document is embedded below.