Intelligence agencies keep an eye on the secrets of other countries which will be useful at the time of an attack. At present almost every country has their own agency. So we decided to bring you the best intelligence agencies present in the world.
Here presenting 10 most powerful intelligence agencies across the globe.
1. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) – USA
Founded in 1947, CIA is the world’s number 1 intelligence agency. CIA has its headquarters located in Fairfax, Virginia. It is often considered that CIA is the reason behind America’s superpower and domination over the world. Even though CIA failed sometimes, it is still the best intelligence agency present in the world.
2. Main Intelligence Agency (GRU) – Russia
Founded in 1918, GRU has its headquarters in Moscow. KGB was their secret agency before the fall of USSR time. GRU agency was formed as Soviet military intelligence organization and dealt only with foreign intelligence activities. After the fall of USSR, it was the GRU agency that helped Russia to become a threat to all the superpowers.
3. Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) – Germany
Founded in 1956, BND has its headquarters in Pullach & Berlin. When it comes to technology, BND ranks second in the world and has a world-class surveillance system. This agency has warned Germany on many occasions to eliminate the danger.
4. Ministry of State Security (MSS) – China
Founded in 1983, MSS is the chief intelligence body of the country with its headquarters in Beijing. MSS works for both internal and external affairs of the country. Over the years, it worked extensively in controlling any anti-government and anti-communist revolts.
5. General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) – France
Founded in 1982, DGSE headquarters are present in Paris. DGSE deals with the external affairs of France and it has more than 5000 employees. Compared to its rivals, DGSE is relatively young but it is one of the best intelligence agencies present in the world. A huge amount of French revenue goes into this agency. DGSE plays a key role in safeguarding France from terrorist activities especially ISIS.
6. Military Intelligence, Section 6 (MI6) – UK
Founded in 1909, MI6 is the oldest running intelligence agency in the world. MI6’s headquarters are in London. This agency was the reason behind Britain’s victory in the world wars. MI6 served a key role in defeating Hitler. MI6 works with top agencies like CIA and also helps them in their missions.
7. HaMossad leModiʿin uleTafkidim Meyuḥadim (Mossad) – Israel
Founded in 1949, Mossad has its headquarters located in Tel Aviv. Mossad was a part of many dangerous undercover operations that took place in the world. Mossad agents served a key role in the famous Entebbe Rescue and freed all the Israelis.
8. Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) – Pakistan
Founded in 1948, ISI is the most important agency of Pakistan with its headquarters located in Islamabad. ISI is the backbone of Pakistan’s government and it practically runs the army along with the country. USSR’s defeat to Afghanistan is one of the important victories of ISI.
9. Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) – Australia
Founded in 1952, ASIS have their headquarters in Canberra, Australia. ASIS has its interest focussed in Asia and pacific regions. It collects valuable information from a number of agents spread across the world. ASIS works with a great amount of secrecy. Australian Parliament mentioned about ASIS for the first time in 23 years after its foundation.
10. Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) – India
Founded in 1968, RAW is one of the powerful intelligence agencies in the world with its headquarters in New Delhi. RAW has its interest focused on external affairs whereas IB deals with internal matters. The main focus of RAW is to monitor and track the activities of neighboring countries Pakistan, China. RAW agency played a very important role in the creation of Bangladesh.
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