Agent

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An Agent is someone who acts on behalf of an individual, group, or (especially) an intelligence agency.

An Agent is different from an Asset in that they are intrinsicly motivated or have closely intertwined interest on behalf of the individual, group, or intelligence agency, whereas an Asset can only be counted on to act for the controlling power with a high degree of reliability if external pressures are properly applied, often in the form of blackmail, bribery, or similar manipulation. At times, the line between Agent and Asset can be blurry, as some Assets develop into full-blown Agents, and some Agents become estranged from the controlling power, and become Assets. Many Agents and Assets can be turned to become threats to those whose interests they served previously.