Research Division of the Prime Minister's Department

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The Research Division of the Prime Minister's Department is an agency within the Malaysian Prime Minister's Department.[1] According to a United States embassy cable dating back to 2006 that was leaked by Wikileaks, the Research Division is actually the public name for the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO), the country's main foreign intelligence agency. Little else is known about the organization’s structure, personnel and operations.

Muhammad Hatta, the Secretary of the Malaysian National Security Council was known to have served as MEIO's Director from 2002 to 2005.[2] It was also known to have helped the Malaysian Special Branch in combating the Malayan Communist Party.[3] According to Wikileaks, the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation also covertly supported the secessionist groups in Mindanao. In 2006, it also facilitated peace talks between the Philippines government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.[4]

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