| Asset |
|A resource by means of which intelligence is gathered; but also a person through whom things are getting done.|
An asset (or intelligence asset) can be a person within an organization or country, who provides information to an outside party; a HUMINT source.
General definition for intelligence gathering
An asset can be: "any thing designed, developed, cultivated or utilized to collect [the] 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.|