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Central Intelligence Agency

CIA

NameCentral Intelligence Agency

First AppearancePilot

Latest AppearanceTruth Be Told

ConnectionJohn Reese

StatusActive

The Central Intelligence Agency is a U.S. government agency that operates on foreign soil as the FBI does inside the U.S. Nicknamed "The Company", it gathers intelligence and presents it to the President of the United States, the United States Congress, the DoD, and other top-level decision-makers who must make decisions that protect the U.S., its citizens and its interests from various threats.

The CIA divulges information about its activities to Congress and the President; however, it is suspected of extralegal activities. These "black operations" involve action against enemy governments or non-state actors, such as assassinations, inciting rebellion and (counter-)espionage. Agents involved in these missions may be disavowed if discovered.

Officially and according to its charter, the CIA does not conduct operations in the U.S, but is suspected of it. These activities, while illegal, keep terrorist attacks from occurring.

Portrayal in the Show

John Reese is a former CIA operative, initially presumed dead but discovered lurking in New York City in 2011. (“Pilot”) He is tracked by his former handler, Mark Snow, who directed Reese's final mission. As the mission was supposed to end with the elimination of Reese and his partner, Snow intends to follow through with the cover-up. (“Matsya Nyaya”)

One particular person of interest was an NYPD undercover detective investigating a drug distribution operation that turned out to be part of a CIA domestic operation bankrolling the "War on Terror" through drug sales. One of the agents responsible for the operation, L.O.S., was arrested by the NYPD for his involvement, but immediately bailed by the CIA (so they could issue their own punishment). (“Blue Code”)

Also, Root and Shaw get into a CIA black site. Following indications from the Machine, Shaw pretends to be CIA Agent Dearborn who is taking a prisoner (Root) to the holding location. Root is able to talk to Jason Greenfield, Root's person on interest there, and later helps him escape when their transport is attacked by Vigilance members. (“Mors Praematura”)

Known Members

Image Name Status Description

POI 0303 Reese

John H., alias John Reese

Defected; Deceased (“return 0”)

Operative, Kara Stanton's partner

POI 0213 kara

Unknown, alias Kara Stanton

Defected to Decima Technologies; Deceased (“Dead Reckoning”)

Operative, John Reese's partner

POI 0213 Snow

Unknown, alias Mark Snow

Deceased (“Dead Reckoning”)

Field agent, Tyrell Evans's partner, Kara Stanton and John Reese's handler

POI 0110 Evans

Unknown, alias Tyrell Evans

Deceased (“Matsya Nyaya”)

Operative, Mark Snow's partner

POI 0115 LOS

Ray, a.k.a. L.O.S.

Deceased

Agent; In charge of war-funding operation (“Blue Code”)

POI 0120 Leader

Team Leader

Alive

John Reese and Kara Stanton's contact in Ordos (“Matsya Nyaya”)

S2E16-64

Veronica Sinclair

Alive

Michael Cole's contact, Abducted by Root (“Relevance”)

3x06 - Agent Dearborn

Dearborn

Unknown

Alias for Sameen Shaw (“Mors Praematura”)

POI 0306 Transport

Nick Breckenridge

Alive

Chief interrogator (“Mors Praematura”)

POI 0503 Beale

Terence Beale

Alive

Supervisory Agent; Head of the Special Activities Division ; Reese's and Stanton's supervisor. (“Truth Be Told”)

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