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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 miles 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
Formed September 18, 1947; 72 years ago (1947-09-18)
Precedin agency
Heidquarters George 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]


Annual budget Classified ($14.7 billion, as o 2013)[4][5][6]
Agency executives
Paurent agency None (independent)


  1. History of the CIA, CIA official Web site
  2. "CIA Observes 50th Anniversary of Original Headquarters Building Cornerstone Laying – Central Intelligence Agency". Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  3. "CIA Frequently Asked Questions". July 28, 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Gellman, Barton (August 29, 2013). "U.S. spy network's successes, failures and objectives detailed in 'black budget' summary". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 29, 2013.  Unkent parameter |coauthors= ignored (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". November 29, 1999. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  7. "McLean CDP, Virginia". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 1, 2009.
  8. "Presence, not Performance". United States Airforce Magazine Online. Retrieved April 25, 2011. 
  9. Adam J. Hebert. "PRESENCE, Not Performance" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  10. Richard A. Best, Jr. (December 11, 2012). "Director of National Intelligence Statutory Authorities: Status and Proposals" (PDF). Congressional Research Service. Retrieved September 3, 2012.