The Foreign Intelligence Service
, or Serviciul de Informaţii Externe
(SIE) in Romanian, is, under Law no. 1/1998, "the state body specialized in foreign intelligence concerning the national security and the safeguarding of Romania
and its interests".
The SIE carries on its activity in keeping with the Constitution of Romania
, the laws of the country, the Decisions of the Country's Supreme Defense Council
), and military
regulations. The activity of the service has the character of a state secret
. The sources of intelligence, the ways and means its mission is carried out cannot be disclosed to anyone, under whatever circumstances. The disclosure, in any way, of information
that make the object of activity of the Foreign Intelligence Service is forbidden, and punishable as laid down in the law.
The Foreign Intelligence Service is authorized, under the law, to use specific methods, develop and own appropriate means for obtaining, checking, assessing, turning to account, storing and protecting intelligence information relating to national security. It also has the right, in the conditions established under the law, to ask for and obtain from the Romanian public authorities, companies, other legal entities, as well as from individuals, intelligence, information, or documents needed in accomplishing its missions.
By Decree no. 111/February 8, 1990 issued by the Committee of the National Salvation Front
, the Foreign Intelligence Centre......