|“||In Miami they had been Centurion International Advertising. In New York it was Creative Ideas Animation. And here - Cairo Islamic Authority. Always the same initials. CIA||”|
—Central Intelligence Agency
Interactions with Alex Rider
So far, all their undercover locations have used a name to form the anagram "C-I-A." There are three headquarters shown in the books: one in Miami, one in New York and the other in Cairo.
- Centurion International Advertising
- Location: Miami, USA
- Appearance: Skeleton Key
Alex Rider's first briefing by CIA was at this branch. Alex, Tom Turner and Belinda Troy were sent to investigate General Alexei Sarov's order of 1 kilogram, weapons grade uranium, although Alex was kept in the dark about all this. The building is described as a ten-story, white building with lines so sharp they could have been cut out of a giant sheet of paper.
- Creative Ideas Animation
- Location: New York, USA
- Appearance: Ark Angel
Alex Rider was brought to this branch of the CIA when their agents realized he was travelling with a man under investigation, Nikolei Drevin. It was disguised as an overpriced, hardly-frequented, cartoons shop that catered to the Manhattan, New York area.
- Cairo Islamic Authority
- Location: Cairo, Egypt
- Appearance: Scorpia Rising
When several CIA agents recognized Alex after he escaped the explosion on The House of Gold, they managed to trap him in a car and bring him to their base of operations. There he was accused of terrorism, water boarded, and eventually rescued by the deputy director, Joe Byrne.
- Photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CIA.svg
- General information: various sources, including but not limited to:
- Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz (primary)
- Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz (primary)
- Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz (primary)
- Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz (primary)