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Cryptonym: MKTRAP

Definition:
The technical nomenclature of a hot-mike telephone installation. Beginning in 1962, such a device was installed at the Cuban embassy in Mexico City.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10414-10363: DISPATCH-CONFUSION IN USE OF CRYPTONYMS

4/1/64 memo: The technical nomenclature of a hot-mike telephone installation. Beginning in 1962, such a device was installed at the Cuban embassy in Mexico City. It was referred to as MKTRAP until 1964, when Headquarters decided that an operational device should have a different name...On 2/5/62, Harvey Mulford at MKCHARITY received the request for MKTRAP. After a month of construction and some trial and error, MKTRAP was initially functional inside the Cuban embassy on 3/14/62. It subsequently became inactive "most of the time". It was reactuated during November 1963.

104-10189-10032: TECH ACTIVITY REPORT

"The LIERODE/MKTRAP installation was made using LIFEAT assets and was actuated from the LIFEAT VI Base during March 1962. During November 1963, the LIERODE/MKTRAP installation was reactivated from a second LIFEAT basehouse (Basehouse Charlie)."

CABLE- HOT-MIKE TELEPHONE CONTAINING NEW THREE STAGE AMPLIFIER

3/16/62 memo from Mexico City to Director: "Operation is smooth and audio is of extremely high intelligibility. No audible line noise or RF interference. System deactivated pending installation full LP (listening post) and Mulford return from Rio."

104-10189-10035: OPERATION REPORT, THE TECHNICAL PERFORMANCE OF THE A/S SYSTEM WAS HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL AND IS CONSIDERED UNIQUE

LIERODE/MKTRAP report: "The effort took place between February and June 1962. The technical work was performed by Harvey C. Mulford and Joseph Rescigno supported by the LIFEAT project personnel...it falls short of that (effectiveness) expected because the target person (ambassador) moved to different offices in the establishment after the instrument was placed...The Cuban embassy compound contains three buildings. They are the ambassador's residence, the chancery with offices and the main office building.

104-10307-10055: FORM:PPD PHOTOGRAPHIC REQUISITION/HANDWRITTEN NOTES RE LIMITED,LIONION, LIFEAT,LIOMEN, LITAINT

LIFEAT records that would include MKTRAP from December 1962-December 3, 1963 are missing. Note from 1977 to "Chris", presumably Latin American Division chief Chris Hopkins, asks: "What is going on?"

104-10189-10034: CABLE- REACTIVATED 30 NOV FROM TESTS CONDUCTED 30 NOV AND 2 DEC APPEARS ADEQUATE

12/3/63 memo from Mexico City to Director, MEXI 7222: LIFEAT/MKTRAP reactivated. Target is Raul Aparicio Nogales, cultural attache.

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