2019 funding for Turkey’s intelligence agency set at 2.2 billion lira


The budget of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) for 2019 has been set at 2.2 billion Turkish lira (in excess of $400 million), according to a budget bill published in the Official Gazette on Dec. 31, 2018.

The budget spreadsheet for MIT does not provide details except a general reference to “Services for Public Order and Security,” which are not subject to specific budgetary classification.

The Turkish intelligence agency also has access to a multi-billion dollar defense fund as well as secret discretionary funding that is assigned to the office of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.


The budget table for the Turkish intelligence agency for 2019


For a comprehensive analysis of the spy agency’s budget, you can read journalist Abdullah Bozkurt’s detailed analysis here. 

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