Intelligence Asset

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Concept.png Intelligence Asset 
A resource by means of which intelligence is gathered.

An Intelligence asset is generally considered a person within an organization or country, who provides information for an outside party; a HUMINT source. The more inclusive view is that an asset can be: "any thing designed, developed, cultivated or utilized to collect information (which is) required." The asset is what is used to get the information.[1]</ref>

Politicians as assets

Jeff Gates expresses the view that: "An asset is someone who has been profiled in sufficient depth, that if you put them in a time place and circumstance, you know within an acceptable range of probabilities, that they will perform consistent with their personality profile."[2] Adolf Hitler was profiled from the US side as early as 1922 by military attache Truman Smith to: "form an estimate of his character, personality, abilities, and weaknesses."[3]