Associates are people that have become helpful in S.N.A.I.L.'s goals but are not really official members. They can also aliens or groups of people who have worked with S.N.A.I.L. but are still unknowing of what their real goals are. The most important part is that they are not seen as dirrect threats but as posible alies. They are kept at a distant, and are not given full access to information or equipment.