Secret Intelligence Service

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The SIS building at Vauxhall Cross, London, seen from Vauxhall Bridge

The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), commonly known as MI6,[1] is the United Kingdom's intelligence agency which collects intelligence about foreign countries.[2] It is a branch of the Foreign Service, and reports to the Joint Intelligence Committee.

The service was formed in 1909 as the Secret Service Bureau, but its existence was not officially acknowledged until 1994.[3]

The service works with the Security Service (MI5), Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the Defence Intelligence (DIS). SIS deal with the United Kingdom's espionage (spying) activities outside the United Kingdom.

The headquarters are at Vauxhall Cross in London in a purpose-built building.

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  1. SIS or MI6. What's in a name? on the MI6 web page
  2. Dorril, Stephen 2002. MI6: inside the covert world of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service. Simon and Schuster.
  3. Whitehead, Jennifer (2005-10-13). "MI6 to boost recruitment prospects with launch of first website — Brand Republic News". Retrieved 2010-07-10.

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