MI6 is the shadowy organisation responsible for our foreign intelligence gathering. James Bond is the most famous fictional MI6 employee.
Its internal counterpart MI5 has a plain website Go, but MI6 officially known as the 'Secret Intelligence Service' remains shrouded in mystery, answerable only to the Cabinet.
It was in 1909 that Britain's spying services split into internal and external departments with MI6 gaining its acronym standing for Military Intelligence, section six in 1911.
For most of its history MI6 has not officially existed, but it was drawn into the state apparatus by former prime minister John Major under the Intelligence Services Act.
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