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Cryptonym: LIEMPTY

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Definition:
Umbrella surveillance project in Mexico City, formerly code-named LIPSTICK. Included a variety of sub-projects under it.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10118-10334: RENEWAL OF PROJECT LIEMPTY

01/08/60: CIA document from Chief, Foreign Intelligence to Chief of Operations, DD/P:

104-10079-10282: DRAFT PAPER ON LIEMPTY PROJECT

00/00/63: CIA document: "The LIEMPTY Project is designed to collect operational information on LIMERICK installation and personnel, as well as targets of opportunity, through stationery and mobile photographic coverage. In addition, the project provides the means for investigating leads from both the above noted coverages and other Station sources. It supports other Station operations through the renting of safehouses providing and servicing post office box mail drops, conducting countersurveillances and pretext investigations and performing related tasks. LIEMPTY provides the majority of photographs used by the Station in its CE operations against the LIMERICK target. The Station consider the photo coverage of the LIMERICK installation as essential tool in following the daily activities of the personnel of that installation including known and suspected intelligence officers, and individuals visiting the establishment."

104-10413-10029: CRYPTS

05/01/71: CIA document: "Crypts: LIEMPTY (KDFACTOR) So Emb, multipurpose - see below...LIEMPTY (since 1958) (KDFACTOR) Project, multipurpose, Sov Emb..."

104-10414-10084: FACTOR: FORMERLY LIEMPTY

As of 1974, KDFACTOR, formerly LIEMPTY, had seven files in existence - all of them opened in 1959 and none of them closed any earlier than 1967, with the core number of 50-6-74.

104-10414-10124: MEXICO CITY STATION HISTORY, EXCERPTS

11/16/78: Mexico City Station History by Anne Goodpasture: Pages 269-270: ..."LIEMPTY: This project was approved in 1958. LIEMPTY was a new cryptonym for the LIPSTICK Project which had provided the station with visual and photographic surveillance of the Soviet Embassy in Mexico City from 1954. The original agents were recruited by Charles W. Anderson, III, and Harry T. Mahoney. One two-story house (LIMITED) and two apartments (LILYRIC and LICALLA) were used as observation posts overlooking the front and back of the Soviet Embassy chancery in Mexico City..." - - - Page 274: ..."The LIEMPTY Project was approved in 1959 for $95.000. This included salaries for agents in the three photobases, Oliver G. Scantling, Raymond H. Gerende, the LIENTRAP truck and personnel, and a (REDACTION)man (recruited but untrained) surveillance team with LIJERSEY cryptonyms who were directed by an outside case officer, Simon D. Clackett. In 1960, the costs declined to $53,000 when Clackett resigned and returned to the United States and the LIJERSEY agents were transferred to the LITEMPO project. The costs for 1966 were $45,300 (as a result of Scantling's transfer to Project LIRAZOR). With the transfer of the LIENTRAP truck to the LIEMBRACE Project, the cost for 1969 was $43,500. Approximately $32,000 was spent on salaries for (REDACTION) agents in this group (1969); the remainder was spent on vehicle maintenance, rents utilities, and equipment..."

Contributors:
Jerry Ennis

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