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Intelligence Studies: Human Intelligence (HUMINT)

This research guide contains information-- both current and historical--on the topic of intelligence. Areas covered include intelligence collection, the intelligence cycle, and also topics such as counterintelligence and cyber intelligence.

Human Intelligence (HUMINT)

Human Intelligence (HUMINT) is intelligence gathered by means of interpersonal contact,a category of intelligence derived from information collected and provided by human sources. 

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Collection includes clandestine acquisition of photography, documents, and other material; overt collection by personnel in diplomatic and consular posts; debriefing of foreign nationals and US citizens who travel abroad; and official contacts with foreign governments. (fFrom

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