George Joannides

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George Joannides
George Joannides in 1963
George Joannides in 1963
BornGeorge Efythron Joannides
(1922-07-05)July 5, 1922
Athens, Greece
DiedMarch 9, 1990(1990-03-09) (aged 67)
Houston, Texas
Occupationintelligence officer, lawyer.
EducationCity College of New York
St. John's University School of Law, LL.B.

George Efythron Joannides (July 5, 1922 – March 9, 1990) was a Central Intelligence Agency officer who in 1963 was the chief of the Psychological Warfare branch of the agency's JMWAVE station in Miami, and in 1978 was the agency's liaison to the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations.


Joannides joined the CIA in 1952. By 1963 he was chief of the Psychological Warfare branch of the Central Intelligence Agency's JM/WAVE station in Miami, with a staff of 24 and a budget of $1.5m.[1] In that role, he was also known as "Howard", "Mr. Howard", and "Walter Newby".[2][3] Joannides directed and financed Directorio Revolucionario Estudantil (DRE), or Student Revolutionary Directorate, a group of Cuban exiles whose officers had contact with Lee Harvey Oswald in the months before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.[4][5][6] By some accounts, fashioned with the "plausible deniability" typical of CIA operations, the plan was designed to link Oswald to Castro's government, without disclosing the CIA's role.

In 1978 the CIA summoned Joannides out of retirement to serve as the agency's liaison to the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations, in specific regard to the death of President Kennedy. Washington Post reporter Jefferson Morley writes that, "the spy withheld information about his own actions in 1963 from the congressional investigators he was supposed to be assisting. It wasn't until 2001, 38 years after Kennedy's death, that Joannides' support for the Cuban exiles, who clashed with Oswald and monitored him, came to light." [7]

In July 1981 Joannides was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal.[8]

In 2013 The Boston Globe wrote "There is a body of documents that the CIA is still protecting, which should be released. Relying on inaccurate representations made by the CIA in the mid-1990s, the Review Board decided that records related to a deceased CIA agent named George Joannides were not relevant to the Kennedy assassination. Subsequent work by researchers, using other records that were released by the board, demonstrates that these records should be made public."


Further reading[edit]

  • Kaiser, D. E. (2009). The road to Dallas: The assassination of John F. Kennedy. Boston: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0674039289
  • Mellen, J. (2005). A farewell to justice. Dulles, VA: Potomac Books. ISBN 1597973548
  • Russell, D. (2003). The man who knew too much. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0786712422
  • Sabato, L. J. (2013). The Kennedy half-century: The presidency, assassination, and lasting legacy of John F. Kennedy. New York: Bloomsbury. ISBN 1620402807
  • Talbot, D. (2008). Brothers: The hidden history of the Kennedy years. New York: Simon and Schuster. ISBN 1847395856
  • Waldron, L., and Hartmann, T. (2009). Ultimate sacrifice. New York: Basic Books. ISBN 0786735112

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