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Cryptonym: KAPOK

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Cable indicator for the highest level of document sensitivity. KAPOK is above RYBAT, which is above EYES ONLY.

National Archives, Research Aids: Cryptonyms and Terms in Declassified CIA Files: https://www.archives.gov/iwg/declassified-records/rg-263-cia-records/second-release-lexicon.pdf

KAPOK is identified as "a cable indicator for document sensitivity".

NARA Record Number: 1994.05.19.09:45:56:280005.Reel 63, Folder L - CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY COUNCIL (CRC) - MILITARY ACTIVITIES

Memorandum re Reclassification of Document, 9/12/62: In terms of sensitivity, KAPOK seems to be the highest level of compartmentalization, then RYBAT, then EYES ONLY.

National Archives, Records of the Office of Strategic Services, (RRG 226): Entry 214

This document list supports the word KAPOK first emerges in files of the Officer of Strategic Services in a nineteen forty-six memo that seeks to acquaint Washington with the KAPOK system “with present or contemplated operations”. https://www.archives.gov/iwg/declassified-records/rg-226-oss/entry-214.html

National Archives, Records of the Office of Strategic Services, (Record Group 226) 1040-1947, Entry 210, Boxes I-538

This Office of Strategic Services memo regards KAPOK material as a type of restricted information akin to the later usage by the Central Intelligence Agency. This would infer the Agency likely converted at least in part some of the KAPOK system or at least one of its classification markers from the OSS. https://www.archives.gov/files/iwg/declassified-records/rg-226-oss/entry-210.pdf

CIA, Library Reading Room, Distribution of Cables Based On Sensitivity Indicators, KAPOK and RYBAT

A nineteen fifty-two document established the earlier policy for distributing Agency cables based on sensitivity indicators such as KAPOK. The document states “Basic sensitivity indicators are KAPOK and RYBAT. These indicators are for general use and serve to limit the distribution of cables as effected within Headquarters by the Message Center. Cables received without such indicators which by content or prior reference warrant treatment as KAPOK or RYBAT will be so handles by the Message Center.” https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP78-04718A000400070007-5.pdf

180-10143-10091: [No Title]

This document reveals the definition of CIA terms by Agency officer Russell Holmes, a man noted to be among the most familiar and able to decipher such material states that KAPOK is a sensitivity indicator and contains the note “Less than five” which may refer to the amount of people certain materials would be disseminated among.

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Bill Simpich • Carmine Savastano

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