An intelligence agency is a governmental organization
devoted to gathering of information by means of espionage
(spying), communication interception, cryptoanalysis, cooperation
with other institutions, and evaluation of public sources.
Intelligence agencies are also involved in defensive activities
such as counter-espionage or counter-terrorism.
Some agencies are involved in assassination, arms sales
as well as coups d'etat and other covert operations, in
order to support their own or their governments' interests,
and the placement of misinformation (propaganda).
Central Intelligence Agency
This article is licensed under the GNU
Free Documentation License. It uses material from the