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  Secret services
What is intelligence?
Who are the intelligence agencies?
What is MI5?
What is MI6?
What is GCHQ?
What is DIS?
What about the FBI and CIA?

 
Code breaking - GCHQ played a big part in the World War Two What is GCHQ?
GCHQ stands for Government Communications Headquarters.

  • Its agents gather information by secretly listening in to phone conversations, satellite signals and reading e-mails.

  • They decode messages, monitor communication between people, and sure the Government's secrets stay secret.

  • They then pass on this information to whichever government departments want it

Thousands of people work at their HQ in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Some experts reckon they're the most secretive of all the intelligence agencies.

But don't worry - unless you're plotting to harm the Prime Minister or planning a terrorist attack they're unlikely to be listening into your private chats!


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