- "We are a fortunate people in this country. Most Americans wake up in warm beds, suck down coffee with their breakfast and go about their lives. And good for them. They deserve that life. They deserve it not because they earned it as individuals... but because we've earned it as a nation. As a people. But not all of us get to take that life for granted. Our job at the CIA is to identify and contain any dangers to it. It's a job that's not always clean, or pretty, or fun."
- ―William Rawlins[src]
The Central Intelligence Agency is a major United States intelligence service specializing in foreign operations.
Sarah Russell worked at the CIA Office of Middle East Study and Technical Analysis. While there she was presented with the Agency's Silver Seal for distinguished contributions to the OMESTA branch in Langley, as well as overseas as part of CIA stations in Kandahar, Amman, and Riyadh.
CIA, alongside with the FBI cooperated with Strategic Operations Command Center in order to track down and apprehend Bruce Banner. SOCC was informed that Banner most likely hides in Brazil and Thaddeus Ross requested the CIA to monitor the Pingo Doce Bottling Plant while he planned operation to take Banner.
Destabilizing Foreign Countries
CIA cooperated with secret military ghost unit, consisting Erik Stevens. Stevens worked with the CIA, destabilizing infrastructure of foreign countries. Looking through the CIA reports, Everett Ross noted unit's unorthodox methods used for their missions.
With Ray Schoonover's help, William Rawlins started the Operation Cerberus, a covert military operation aimed at eliminating terrorists in Afghanistan. However, the operation was unsanctioned by the CIA and United States Congress and Rawlins had to use illegal heroin sales to fund them operation. Upon the end of the operation, Rawlins returned to the United States and was promoted to the Director of Covert Operations.
Trapping Ulysses Klaue
Using a Vibranium recovered after the Battle of Sokovia, CIA managed to track down Ulysses Klaue who provided Vibranium to Ultron. Everett Ross contacted Klaue and arranged a deal, posing himself as a buyer who wanted to purchase a Vibranium artifact. The CIA sent the team of agents led by Ross to Busan, South Korea as they waited for Klaue in Jagalchi Market Casino. However, the plan went wrong as Klaue and his men fought Black Panther, Nakia and Okoye who wanted Klaue as well.
After a car chase, the CIA arrested Klaue who was defeated by T'Challa. Klaue was placed in a CIA South Korean Black Site where he was interrogated by Ross. However, the black site was assaulted by Erik Killmonger who shot Ross and freed Klaue.
Deputy Director's Offer
- "I don't know a single operative with any years under their belt who hasn't had to do something that gave them nightmares. But we endure those nightmares, embrace them even, so that the rest of America can sleep peacefully. That's why you're here. My name is William Rawlins. Welcome to the CIA."
- ―William Rawlins[src]
In the CIA Headquarters in Virginia, William Rawlins gave a speech to the newest recruits of the organization in which he introduced himself and welcomed all of the recruits into the CIA. For long service to the agency, Rawlins was presented with a medal, given to him by Marion James. She reminded Rawlins that he did not get to keep the medal due to the secrecy of their organization but he could have their admiration.
Rawlins visited James in her office and he noted that he had heard a rumor that she would soon be leaving her current position to become Director of the CIA, as the previous Director was now heading for a career in the United States Congress. Rawlins noted it was about time she had the job offer before James invited Rawlins to come on board as her new deputy director when she took the job.
Marion James came to New York City where they went to deal with the New York City Police Department's Commissioner's son who had turned out to be a skilled hacker who would be recruited into the CIA in exchange for not going to prison. She met William Rawlins who said that Frank Castle had become a problem for the Agency, noting that Castle had information that could cause harm to the CIA.
Rawlins explained he needed access to the CIA electronic surveillance apparatus in New York to track down Castle. Rawlins was accused of trying to get James to sanction a Castle's murder, to which Rawlins argued that he was a terrorist until James finally reluctantly agreed.
Homeland Security Interview
- "Bill Rawlins is a highly-decorated agent. But I'll look into it. Of course, I will. And if there's anything, you'll be the first to know."
"Well, this is a Homeland Security investigation."
"Well, I'm not sure what jurisdiction Homeland Security has over CIA agents' conduct on foreign soil, Agent Madani. And Rafi can tell you, we generally clean our own dirty laundry."
- ―Marion James and Dinah Madani[src]
Later, James was contacted by Rafael Hernandez who asked her to come to the Homeland Security Headquarters where she was introduced to Dinah Madani. Hernandez informed James that Homeland Security had evidence that one of her agents ran an illegal assassination program funded by heroin sales in Kandahar, with Madani noted that Ahmad Zubair was assassinated when he had discovered the truth about the operation.
Hernandez confirmed that William Rawlins was the prime suspect and James denied all knowledge of his illegal actions, noting that Homeland Security did not have jurisdiction over CIA agents' conduct on foreign soil. James noted that scandal had to the potential to put the United States' foreign policy back by ten years at least.
Redirecting the Narrative
Following the death of William Rawlins and arrest of Billy Russo, James met with Madani and Castle in the Sacred Saints Hospital. She informed Castle that CIA had redirected the narrative of recent events to ensure that Russo and Lewis Wilson were the only suspects, his DNA had been wiped from the system, allowing him to begin a new life without fear of being hunted and thanked him to his actions.
In order to keep the Homeland Security and CIA safe from the scandal, James contacted with the Office of the Inspector General investigator Monroe to question Madani about the recent events. James convinced Madani that story she needs to tell will keep her job and Castle's freedom and she reported about her confrontation with Russo, without any mentions of Rawlins and Ahmad Zubair.
Following the death of Billy Russo, Dinah Madani decided to leave the Homeland Security and joined the CIA. With the CIA apparatus, Madani managed to contact with Frank Castle who went off the grid for three months. Madani informed Castle that the CIA has information about the high-profile target and offered Castle to participate in the mission of his elimination. However, Castle refused, choosing to fight crime in New York City.
|Marion James||Deputy Director||Active|
|William Rawlins||Director of Covert Operations||Deceased|
|Appearances for CIA|
In chronological order:
- In the promotional S.H.I.E.L.D. files for The Avengers, it is said that Phil Coulson worked for the CIA before joining S.H.I.E.L.D. However, that information contradicts the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode Turn, Turn, Turn where Coulson says that he joined S.H.I.E.L.D. right after high school.
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 7.03: Alien Commies from the Future!
- ↑ Captain Marvel
- ↑ The Punisher: 1.08: Cold Steel
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.01: Laws of Nature
- ↑ Iron Man
- ↑ The Incredible Hulk
- ↑ Iron Man 3
- ↑ Black Panther
- ↑ The Punisher: 1.03: Kandahar
- ↑ Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.20: Nothing Personal
- ↑ Captain America: Civil War
- ↑ Black Panther
- ↑ The Punisher: 1.05: Gunner
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 The Punisher: 1.11: Danger Close
- ↑ The Punisher: 1.13: Memento Mori
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 The Punisher: 2.07: One Bad Day
- ↑ The Punisher: 2.13: The Whirlwind