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Cryptonym: LIMITED

Definition:
One of three photo surveillance sites under the LIEMPTY umbrella project. LIMITED was a fixed site right across the street from the front gate of the Soviet Embassy. The other two photo sites were LILYRIC and LICALLA.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
If the times provided for LIMITED are accurate, it means that the man calling himself Oswald could not have been photographed by LIMITED during his time in Mexico City in 1963.
Sources:

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

104-10413-10128: MEMO:BACKGROUND ON MEXICO STATION SUPPORT ASSETS (COVERAGE OF SOVIET AND CUBAN EMBASSIES)

Lopez Report, p. 45: Oswald, the CIA, and Mexico City (aka "Lopez Report")

This report shows the locations in 1963 of LIMITED and LILYRIC. Note how their positions had switched by 1967: https://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=39230#relPageId=3&tab=page

180-10143-10144: SUMMARY OF FILE REVIEW

A table called "Soviet photo coverage from LIMITED base" for the months of September and October 1963. It shows that the first photo on 9/27/63 at LIMITED was at 10:18 am and the last one was at 11:46 am. It also shows that LIMITED was not operating on Sept. 28.

John Newman, Osald and the CIA (2008 edition), pp. 356-357

Newman's table shows that the only reported visits by a man called Oswald to the Soviet embassy was at about 12:30 pm on 9/27/63 and about 9:00 am on 9/28/63 The last photo taken by LIMITED on 9/27 was allegedly at 11:46 am, and it was not operating on 9/28. Therefore, if the records are accurate, Oswald could not have been photographed by Oswald during his stay in Mexico City.

104-10118-10334: RENEWAL OF PROJECT LIEMPTY

During 1959-1960: "LIMITED is used as a radio dispatch base in addition to physical surveillance of persons entering the front gate. Their photography is negligible compared to their other duties. The LILYRIC base performs the best photography of persons visiting the front gate, perhaps because the vantage point for taking the pictures is from the second floor and above the street traffic which partially blocks LIMITED photographs."

104-10118-10334 RENEWAL OF PROJECT LIEMPTY

4/30/64 from COS Win Scott to C/WH J.C. King: "Also worth mentioning at this point is the radio "dispatching" of the LIEMBRACE team by the LIMITED base." To evade the tight security of the Mexican police around the Soviet embassy, the "LIMITED radio operator dispatches the team onto target personnel giving direction, means of travel, and description of dress of these targets. This permits the team to commence its surveillance a number of blocks from the (Soviet) installation and beyond the protective ring of the local police."

Contributors:
Jerry Ennis • Bill Simpich

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