Central Intelligence Agency

ane o the principal intelligence-gatherin agencies o the Unitit States federal govrenment

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is ane o the principal intelligence-gatherin agencies o the Unitit States federal govrenment. The CIA's heidquarters is in Langley, Virginie, a few mile wast o Washington, D.C.[7] Its employees operate frae U.S. embassies an mony ither locations aroond the warld.[8][9] The anly independent U.S. intelligence agency, it reports tae the Director o Naitional Intelligence.[10]

Central Intelligence Agency
— CIA —
Seal of the Central Intelligence Agency.svg
Seal o the Central Intelligence Agency
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Flag o the Central Intelligence Agency
Agency owerview
FormedSeptember 18, 1947; 73 years ago (1947-09-18)
Precedin agency
HeidquartersGeorge Bush Center for Intelligence
Langley, Fairfax Coonty, Virginie, U.S.
Motto"The Work of a Nation. The Center o Intelligence."

Unoffecial Motto: "And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:32)[2]
EmployeesClassified[3] 21,575[4]
Annual budgetClassified ($14.7 billion, as o 2013)[4][5][6]
Agency executives
Paurent agencyNone (independent)


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  2. "CIA Observes 50th Anniversary of Original Headquarters Building Cornerstone Laying – Central Intelligence Agency". Cia.gov. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  3. "CIA Frequently Asked Questions". cia.gov. 28 Julie 2006. Retrieved 4 Julie 2008.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Gellman, Barton (29 August 2013). "U.S. spy network's successes, failures and objectives detailed in 'black budget' summary". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 August 2013. Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (|author= suggested) (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  5. Kopel, Dave (July 35, 1997). "CIA Budget: An Unnecessary Secret". Retrieved 2007-04-15. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. "Cloak Over the CIA Budget". 29 November 1999. Retrieved 4 Julie 2008.
  7. "McLean CDP, Virginia". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 1, 2009.
  8. "Presence, not Performance". United States Airforce Magazine Online. Retrieved 25 Apryle 2011.
  9. Adam J. Hebert. "PRESENCE, Not Performance" (PDF). www.afa.org. Retrieved 26 Apryle 2011.
  10. Richard A. Best, Jr. (11 December 2012). "Director of National Intelligence Statutory Authorities: Status and Proposals" (PDF). Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 3 September 2012.