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Top 10 Most Powerful Intelligence Agencies In The World

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Intelligence Agencies play an important role in any country’s governance. Today a nation not only depends on its Army, Navy but also on the secret agency.  The agency knows all the dirty secret of a nation or it has so many strategies to find out any hidden secret of a nation or any particular person. This is the reason that a secret agency is so powerful and dangerous. An agency collects its data through undercover operation, alliance with other organisation, data analysis and etc. The agencies are working for 24X7 to protect the security of a nation.

So look at the most powerful intelligent agencies in the world

ISI, Pakistan

ISI, Pakistan

The Inter Service Intelligence or ISI is considered the most powerful and strongest intelligence agency. The headquarters of ISI is in Shahrah-e-Soharwadi in Islamabad and it founded in 1948. ISI is so powerful that it runs the nation and also its Army. It is actually the backbone of the country’s government. ISI is one of the primary members of the Pakistani Intelligence Community and it reports to the Director-General.

Its most remarkable achievement is the defeat of USSR in Afghanistan. ISI was also successful to deal with the serious matters like Kargil and Siachen war, Kashmir Front.

Mossad, Israel

Mossad, Israel

One of the most powerful secret agencies, the Mossad was established in 1949. The meaning of Mossad is Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations and it headquartered in Tel Aviv. The agents of this powerful agency spread across the world. It is responsible for intelligence collection, counter terrorism and secret operations. Mossad did something really amazing secret operations like the Entebbe Rescue. In this operation, all the Mossad agents dressed up as Ugandan soldiers to create the replica of Ugandan president Idi Amin’s convoy. The agents freed all the kidnapped Israelis and they even destroyed many Ugandan Jets.

In 1972, during the Munich Olympics, a terrorist group called Black September killed 11 Israeli athletes. Mossad decided to take revenge and they killed all the suspected terrorists.

CIA, USA

CIA, USA

Established in 1947 the CIA or the Central Intelligence Agency is the independent secret agency founded by President Harry S Truman. It is controlled by the Director of National Intelligence. The agency is focused on providing intelligence for the President and the Cabinet. The CIA has five major directorates: the Directorate of Support, the Directorate of Digital Innovation, the Directorate of Analysis, the Directorate of Operations and the Directorate of Science and technology.

CIA’s major success was the killing of Osama bin Laden and Operation PBSUCCESS in which US-backed insurgents were the cause of the downfall of the democratically elected president of Guatemala. It is said that CIA is one of the reasons that America maintains its status as a superpower.

RAW, India

RAW, India

The main agenda of RAW or Research and Analysis Wing is to keep an eye on the movement of its neighbour especially Pakistan and China. RAW has founded in 1968 and it headquartered in New Delhi. RAW played a vital role in the independence of Bangladesh in 1971 and the accession of the state of Sikkim to India. The agency also helped the government to conduct nuclear test with complete secrecy and it also controls the nation’s nuclear activity. RAW’s chief directly reports to the Prime Minister and its actions do not come under the purview of Parliament.

MI6, UK

MI6, UK

It is one of the oldest intelligence agencies in the world which was founded in 1909. The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) which referred to as the Directorate of Military Intelligence Section 6 (MI6) has its headquarters in Vauxhall Cross, London. The agenda of MI6 included collecting foreign intelligence from across the world which could help the political and economic interests in the UK. Until 1994 the existence of the SIS was not officially acknowledged. The agency works with the Intelligence Committee, the Internal Security Service (MI5), the Defence Intelligence and the Government Communications Headquarters.

BND, Germany

BND, Germany

Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service or Bundesnachrichtendienst is the best in terms of the surveillance system. The agency was established in 1956 and headquartered in Pullach and Berlin. It gives the country an early warning about the threat or simply eliminating the threat. BND depends highly on wiretapping and electronic surveillance of international communications. Almost 4000 agents of BND are spreading throughout the world.

GRU, Russia

GRU, Russia

One of the most important and Russia’s main intelligence agency is GRU or Glavnoye Razvedyvatel`noye Upravleniye. It was founded in 1918 and its headquarters is in Moscow. The spy agency was formed as the Soviet military organisation and it only engaged in foreign intelligence activities. Before the fall of USSR, the country’s main secret agency was the KGB. GRU is the backbone of Russia and it has become a major threat of the world superpowers.

ASIS, Australia

ASIS, Australia

Australia’s spy agency the Australian Secret Intelligence Service was founded in 1952 and its headquarters is in Canberra. It observes the developments across the world, especially in the Asia-Pacific area. The agency works so well and it kept its secret such a manner that for over twenty years the Australian government didn’t know its existence. In 1975, the agency was first mentioned in the Australian Parliament and in the year 1977, it was publicly recognised. ASIS is comparable to the MI6 and CIA.

MSS, China

MSS, China

The Ministry of State Security or the MSS, the main intelligence agency in China are looking after the nation’s internal and external affairs. Established in 1983 the MSS is responsible for counter-intelligence, foreign intelligence and political security. Its key agenda is to keep track and eliminate the enemies of the Communist Party of China. The MSS is patterned after the Russia’s former agency KGB. The Communist Party of China is quite dependent on the agency.

DGSE, France

DGSE, France

The DGSE or the General Directorate for External Security was founded in 1982 and headquartered in Paris. DGSE claimed that it has stopped more than 15 terrorist attacks in France after 9/11. The agency is controlled by the country’s defence ministry and works alongside its domestic counterpart DGSI (General Directorate for Internal Security). It monitors the borders of France for 24X7 and it also checks the terrorist activity within the nation. It has more than 5000 agents who spread throughout the world.

Suchismita Biswas
Suchismita Biswas
Pen is mightier than swords - these words make me passionate about writing. Except writing I love to travel , love to explore the unknown places, love photography and love listening to music. Also I am an avid reader of books. I'm a simple girl but I am what I am.

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