Tactical, Operational & Strategic Analysis of Markets, Competitors & Industries
Nothing wrong in paying people to collect information....
(Spoken as a consultant who expects people to pay him to collect intelligence... and wasn't that Sherlock Holmes's occupation i.e. a consultant detective).
The problem is paying people to give you information - as that's like offering a bribe. Or is it?
It's also much more fun, sleeping with your information sources rather than paying them. (I can dream can't I? - spoken as a James Bond wannabe).
This is all very confusing. Anyone who have read a book on CI will know that CI does not overlap with Espionage.
It is true we use a 2x2 matrix with moral/immoral and legal/illegal, but the the box named "the Gray Zone" is immoral but legal. Espionage is illegal. These outcomes in turn give four main strategies:
Defensive; CI, Security
Ethical off.; OS
Ethical def:; Counter INT