| 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.</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." 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."