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Federal News Agency
The Bundesnachrichtendienst (Federal News Agency) is the only foreign countries intelligence agency of Germany, responsible for the civil and military enlightenment of the foreign countries. It had been established on April 1, 1956. The “Organization Gehlen”, founded in 1946 and working for US-American authorities in the field of military enlightenment of Eastern Europe, had been transformed to the Bundesnachrichtendienst after an order of the German Federal Chancellor Authority. Gehlen had been the first President of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) and remained in office until April 30, 1968. Dr. August Hanning is the 9th President, in office since December 17, 1998. Currently, the Bundesnachrichtendienst employs some 5.700 workers in Germany and world-wide. He has two official locations: Pullach near Munich and Berlin. Updated plans say that the Department 3 (Evaluation) will be completely moved to Berlin, the first steps had been taken in Summer of 2001. The Federal News Agency collects information world-wide having exterior- and security-political relevance for the Federal Republic of Germany and it evaluates the information. The BND serves as the government’s Early-Alert-System for foreign developments. In contrast to most intelligence agencies, the BND is not allowed to use the following measures:
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