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Cryptonym: LIONION

Definition:
Photosurveillance project targeting Cuban Embassy in Mexico City, also referred to as LIERODE. The purported failure of the LIONION installation to capture a picture of Lee Oswald in late September 1963 was a matter of concern and some disbelief in the HSCA's investigation.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

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

"In October of (1962) the station set up in an apartment just across the street from the front gate of the Cuban embassy a photographic surveillance project which provided photographs of visitors and license plates of automobiles of interest. By tracing license plates and showing photographs to penetration agents inside the embassy, the station identified most of the visitors and exploited some of them for intelligence purposes. This photographic surveillance project was identified by the cryptonym LIONION."

104-10413-10029: CRYPTS

"LIONION ()AFGHAN Cuban Embassy Photo Surveillance since 1962."

104-10088-10059: PROJECT LIONION

1/6/63 cable from Chief of Station, Mexico City to Chief, WH: "Attached by split transmission is an outline for Project LIONION covering the services of the two agents heretofore known as LIFEUD-22 (201-288248) and LIFEUD-23 (201-305604)."

104-10126-10059: LIONION PHOTOGRAPHIC OPERATION AGAINST CUBAN CONSULATE

7/25/78, Memorandum for the Record by Rodger S. Gabrielson: "Available records show that the VLS-2, an automatic camera device, was in the process of being installed at the LIONION basehouse on 27 September 1963."

Oswald, the CIA, and Mexico City (aka "Lopez Report") Current Section: 6: Glossary of Terms Used in Report

LIONION: "CIA cryptonym for photographic surveillance operations aimed at the Cuban diplomatic compound in Mexico City after July, 1964."

Contributors:
Jerry Ennis • Bill Simpich

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