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Cryptonym: RYBAT

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A high level of secrecy required to protect the message. As of 1969, if a document was marked as "RYBAT", CIA employees were not allowed to photocopy it.

Inside the Company, by Philip Agee, p. 519

from the book: ...it has the RYBAT indicator for special sensitivity--because it is a proposal for a CIA officer to be named as the U.S. Embassy Olympic attache for the Games in 1968.

Final Report of the Assassinations Records Review Board, p. 53

"An example of a CIA slugline is 'RYBAT GPFLOOR'. 'RYBAT' is a CIA crypt that meant 'secret'"

104-10087-10054: THE 201 SYSTEM

This internal CIA description of the 201 file system makes note of the sensitivity of RYBAT-marked documents: "To retain the P&L, RYBAT, or KAPOK sensitivity of a document remaining in a 201 dossier being retired to Central Files, place that document in an envelope sealed with black tape..."

104-10169-10117: SECRET-RYBAT

An example of an envelopE marked RYBAT and sealed with black tape (see previous reference)

National Archives: Research Aid: Cryptonyms and Terms in Declassified CIA Files Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Disclosure Acts https://www.archives.gov/iwg/declassified-records/rg-263-cia-records/second-release-lexicon.pdf

Cable indicator for sensitivity of information.

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, then RYBAT, then EYES ONLY.


6/8/61 dispatch from Chief, KUTUBE/D to Chief of Station, Rome: "The use of the RYBAT slug alone ain't what it used to be."

104-10107-10130: ITKIN AND THE CIA

1/9/69 Memorandm for the Record by CIRA Ray Rocca: "See our IN 66370 from REDACTED. (This is our copy. It is RYBAT, and therefore we can't make a copy.)

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