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The top secret budget request for the current fiscal year was obtained by The Washington Post from the former N.S.A. contractor Edward J. Snowden and published in part on its Web site.

The newspaper said it was withholding most of the 178-page document at the request of government officials because “sensitive details are so pervasive” in its description of spying programs.

The document shows that the agencies’ budget request for the year ending Sept. 30 was $52.6 billion, a small decrease from the 2011 peak of $54.6 billion.