In The Matrix films, when someone wants to connect into the Matrix, it requires three things:
- To find somewhere to link in the real work (they can't just connect from anywhere, they must find someplace to connect the ship)
- An Operator to guide those who are connected (every time someone wanted to log off the Matrix, they called the Operator to find an exit)
- Someone to insert the plug and remove it
At some point, Cypher needed those three things to log into the Matrix and talk to Smith at the restaurant scene. How did Cypher connect without an Operator?
Even without an Operator, if someone showed up while Cypher was connected and looked at the screen, wouldn't they know Cypher was talking to an agent?