| Asset |
|A resource by means of which intelligence is gathered.|
An asset (or intelligence asset) can be a person within an organization or country, who provides information to an outside party; a HUMINT source. It can also be used to describe journalists who receive their manuscripts, or work orders, from intelligence agencies.
General definition for intelligence gathering
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.
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." By extension of that thought an asset is a person in a position of influence, in politics or other areas, where he/she accomplishes things on behalf of a third party, knowingly or unknowingly.
|Gannett/Assets||The assets of Gannett, the mass media corporation.|