|This article does not cite any references or sources. (December 2009)|
In intelligence, assets are persons within organizations or countries that are being spied upon who provide information for an outside spy.
There are different categories of assets, including people
- that willingly work for a foreign government for ideological reasons such as being against their government, but live in a country that doesn't allow political opposition. They may elect to work with a foreign power to change their own country because there are few other ways available.
- that work for monetary gain. Intelligence services often pay good wages to people in important positions that are willing to betray secrets.
- that have been blackmailed and are forced into their role.
- that do not even know they are being used. Assets can be loyal to their country, but may still provide a foreign agent with information through failures in information safety such as using insecure computers or not following proper OPSEC procedures during day-to-day chatting.
See also[edit | edit source]
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.