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Intelligence agency

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).

See a list of intelligence agencies.

See also: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (US), Mukhabarat

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