Intelligence items are various kinds of objects containing information which could be useful. However, when actually reading the contents of such an item, it frequently appears to be a simple joke. Examples of intelligence items are:
- Loose files
In both games the amount of intelligence items will determine your "rank". In The Operative: No One Lives Forever the amount of intelligence items collected per mission will determine your overall rank for this mission. In No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way collecting intelligence items will yield Experience Points (XP) and your rank is determined by the amount of XP collected.