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> We also know that the US's military spending (known budget) is something like 6x Russia's military spending, and we can imagine that intelligence spending is a similar multiple higher.

Payroll for 5,000 hackers is within the reach of many world governments I'd think.

5,000 IT people in a government org is about $1B with base infrastructure.

No big deal.

In the U.S. it is.

Depends on where in the budget it (doesn't) appear.

No way. There are probably 7 US States that spend that much.

The Feds probably spend $700M just on Office 365.

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