CIA cryptonym

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CIA cryptonyms are code words seen in declassified documents of the US Central Intelligence Agency. There has been much speculation as to the meaning of these.

Each CIA cryptonym in these documents contains a two character prefix called a digraph, which designates a geographical or functional area. The rest is either an arbitrary dictionary word, or occasionally the digraph and the cryptonym combine to form a dictionary word (e.g.: AEROPLANE). Certain digraphs were changed at times, for example the digraph for the Soviet Union changed at least twice.

Contents

Partial list of digraphs and probable definitions

  • AE - Soviet Union
  • AM - Cuba
  • BE - Poland
  • CK - Soviet Union
  • DI - Czechoslovakia
  • DM - Yugoslavia
  • DN - South Korea
  • ES - Guatemala
  • GT - Soviet Union
  • KU - Part of CIA
  • MH - Worldwide operation
  • MK - Projects sponsored by the CIA's Technical Services Division
  • OD - Other Department
  • PB - President Board
  • SD - Iran
  • SM - United Kingdom
  • ZR - Normally prefixes the cryptonym for an intelligence intercept program. Seems to go with Staff D ops, Staff D being the group that worked directly with the NSA. Staff D was where ZR/RIFLE, a Castro assassination plot, was buried.

Unidentified digraphs

AV, CA, DT, EC, ER, FJ, HB, HO, HT, JM, JU, KM, LC, LI, SE, SC, WS, ZI

Partial list of CIA cryptonyms and probable definitions

Operations and Projects

  • ARTICHOKE
  • AQUATONE - Lockheed U-2 Spy Plane Project
  • BLUEBIRD - mind control program
  • CHALICE - Lockheed U-2 Spy Plane Project
  • CHATTER
  • CONDOR - 1970's CIA interference in Government of Latin America, some allege in the Coup and assasination of Salvador Allende in Chile
  • CORONA - Satellite photo system
  • GUSTO - Lockheed U-2 Spy Plane Project
  • HTAUTOMAT - Lockheed U-2 Spy Plane Project
  • HTLINGUAL - Mail interception operation
  • LINCOLN - Ongoing operation involving Basque separatist group ETA
  • LPMEDLEY - Surveillance of telegraphic information exiting or entering the United States
  • MHCHAOS - Surveillance of antiwar activists during the Vietnam War
  • MKDELTA - Stockpiling of lethal biological and chemical agents, subsequently became MKNAOMI
  • MKNAOMI - Stockpiling of lethal biological and chemical agents, successor to MKDELTA
  • MKULTRA - Mind control research, renamed MKSEARCH in 1964
  • MKSEARCH - MKULTRA after 1964, mind control research
  • MKOFTEN - Testing effects of biological and chemical agents, part of MKSEARCH
  • OXCART - A-12 Spy Plane Project
  • PAPERCLIP - US recruiting of German scientists after the Second World War
  • PHOENIX - Vietnam covert intelligence/assassination operation
  • PBFORTUNE - CIA project to supply forces opposed to Guatemala's President Arbenz with weapons, supplies, and funding; predecessor to PBSUCCESS.
  • PBHISTORY - Central Intelligence Agency project to gather and analyze documents from the Arbenz government in Guatemala that would incriminate Arbenz as a Communist.
  • PBSUCCESS - (Also PBS) Central Intelligence Agency covert operation to overthrow the Arbenz government in Guatemala.
  • SHERWOOD - CIA radio broadcast program in Nicaragua begun on May 1, 1954.
  • TPAJAX - Joint US/UK operation to overthrow Mohammed Mossadeq, Prime Minister of Iran
  • WASHTUB - Operation to plant Soviet arms in Nicaragua

Organizations

Persons

Places

Other

  • BGGYPSY - Communist
  • ESCOBILLA - Guatemalan national
  • ESMERALDITE - labor informant affiliated with AFL-sponsored labor movement
  • ESSENCE - Guatemalan anti-Communist leader
  • FJHOPEFUL - military base
  • LCFLUTTER - Polygraph, sometimes supplanted by truth drugs: sodium amytal (anobarbital), sodium pentothal (thiopental), and seconal (seconbarbital) to induce regression in the subject.
  • RYBAT - Indicates that the information is very sensitive
  • SLINC - Telegram indicator for PBSUCCESS Headquarters in Florida.


Unidentified codewords

AEBARMAN, AEFOX, AEROPLANE, AVBLIMP, AVBRANDY, AVBUSY, CABOUNCE, CLOWER, ECJOB, ESGAIN, ESODIC, ESQUIRE, FJDEFLECT, GOLIATH, HBDRILL, HOPEFUL, JUBATE, JUBILIST, KUHOOK, KUJUMP, KUPALM, KURIOT, KUTUBE, LCPANES, LICOZY, LITEMPO, ODIBEX, PBCABOOSE, QKENCHANT, SECANT, SEQUIN, SGRANGER, SUMAC, ZPSEMANTIC, ZPSECANT, ZRBEACH, ZRBRIEF, and ZRMETAL

References

  • Cullather and PBSUCCESS document collection (http://www.foia.ucia.gov/popdoc1/guatemala.htm)
  • Leo D. Carl, The International Dictionary of Intelligence, Mavin Books, 1990, p. 107
  • Phillip Agee, Inside the Company: CIA Diary, Stonehill Publishing, 1975, p. 48
  • David Wise, Molehunt, Random House, 1992, p.19
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