Agencja Wywiadu

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Foreign Intelligence Agency
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Agency overview
Formed29 June 2002
Preceding agency
JurisdictionGovernment of Poland
HeadquartersMiłobędzka St., Warsaw
Ministers responsible
Agency executives
  • Piotr Krawczyk[1], Head
  • Lt. Col. Dominik Duda, Deputy Head

Agencja Wywiadu (Polish pronunciation: [aˈɡɛnt͡sja vɨˈvʲadu]; Foreign Intelligence Agency) or AW is a Polish intelligence agency, tasked with the gathering of public and secret information abroad for the Republic of Poland.

It was created in 2002 from the reform and split of Urząd Ochrony Państwa, which was split into Agencja Wywiadu (AW) and Agencja Bezpieczeństwa Wewnętrznego (ABW).

The current Head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency is Lieutenant colonel Piotr Krawczyk[2].


The Intelligence Agency usually operates out of the territory of the Republic of Poland. Its activity within the territory of the Republic of Poland may be conducted only within a limited scope, exclusively in connection with its activity out of the state's frontiers. The roles of the Foreign Intelligence Agency include:

  • Obtaining, analyzing, processing and forwarding information that may be significant to the security and international position of the Republic of Poland, as well as to its economic potential;
  • Recognizing and counteracting external threats to the security, defense, independence and inviolability of the Republic of Poland;
  • Protecting foreign diplomatic missions of the Republic of Poland and their officials from the activities of foreign intelligence services and other activities negatively that may affect the interests of the Republic of Poland;
  • Ensuring protection of cryptographic communication with the Polish diplomatic missions and consulates, and of diplomatic pouch;
  • Recognizing international terrorism, extremism and international organized crime groups;
  • Recognizing international trade in weapons, ammunition and explosive materials, narcotics, psychotropic substances, as well as in goods, technologies and services of strategic importance to the state's security, recognizing international trade in weapons of mass destruction and threats related to the proliferation of those weapons and their carriers;
  • Recognizing and analyzing threats occurring in the regions of tensions, conflicts and international crises that influence exert on the state's security, as well as actions undertaking aimed at eliminating those threats;
  • Conducting signals intelligence;[3]


The Foreign Intelligence Agency comprises the following organizational units:

  1. Bureau I
  2. Bureau II
  3. Bureau III
  4. Bureau IV
  5. Bureau V
  6. Bureau VI
  7. Bureau VII
  8. Bureau VIII
  9. Staff Training Centre
  10. Independent Legal Unit

However, the Head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency is authorized to form or appoint units of a permanent or ad hoc character (e.g. task units).[4]

Current management[edit]

  • Head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency: Colonel Grzegorz Małecki
  • Deputy Head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency: Piotr Krawczyk

List of Heads[edit]

Tenure Name
2002-2004 Zbigniew Siemiatkowski[5][6][7]
2004-2005 Andrzej Ananicz[7]
2005-2008 Zbigniew Nowek[7]
2008 Andrzej Ananicz[7]
2008-2015 Maciej Hunia[7]
2015–2016 Grzegorz Małecki[7][8]
2016-present Piotr Krawczyk[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Foreign Intelligence Agency - leadership". AW. Archived from the original on 2017-02-12. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Object of Activity and Tasks of the Foreign Intelligence Agency". Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2011-12-05.
  4. ^ "Organizational structure of the Foreign Intelligence Agency". Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2011-12-05.
  5. ^ "Warsaw Business Journal - Online Portal -". 2012-03-14. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  6. ^ "Zbigniew Siemiątkowski", Wikipedia, 2019-04-15, retrieved 2019-04-28
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Historia – Agencja Wywiadu" (in Polish). 2019-04-28. Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  8. ^ "Grzegorz Małecki (ur. 1967)", Wikipedia, wolna encyklopedia (in Polish), 2018-06-01, retrieved 2019-04-28

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Coordinates: 52°11′56.99″N 20°59′37.76″E / 52.1991639°N 20.9938222°E / 52.1991639; 20.9938222