Welcome to the Official Website of the Secret Intelligence
My name is John Sawers and I have the great honour of being the
Chief of SIS.
We are a secret organisation but I hope this website will give
you a fuller picture of the sort of work that we do and how you
might be able to help.
We are an organisation with a long and proud history. We
were formed in 1909 and we served the country through the First and
Second World Wars, through the Cold War and now we address a range
of modern demands; dealing with the threats of terrorism, nuclear
proliferation and of conflicts around the world as well as helping
uphold the prosperity of our country.
We are also firmly part of the British Government. We work
closely with the Foreign Office, the Ministry of Defence and other
government departments, and with our partners in the Intelligence
We work to the Foreign Secretary who approves many of our
operations and we are accountable to Parliament. We are proud
of being an ethical organisation working firmly within the
framework of the law.
We are a secret organisation as our name clearly implies.
We do not publish what we do; we do not reveal the names and
identities of the people who work for us. But I hope through
this website, that you will get a picture of some of the work we do
and how you might be able to help.
So thank you for your interest and I hope you enjoy browsing
through the material on this website. Thank you.