An obscure memo uncovered among the documents in Boston’s JFK Library directly links the Central Intelligence Agency to a Miami publication which, just one day after JFK’s assassination, accused Lee Harvey Oswald of being an agent of Fidel Castro. In one stroke the CIA was trying to plausibly deny its own involvement in Kennedy’s murder and provide the U.S. with the pretense for overthrowing a communist government 90 miles from our shore. JFK researcher Jefferson Morley recently brought these facts to light; he is currently suing the CIA for release of over 1,000 files related to the JFK assassination.
The magazine the CIA used to make its false allegations on November 23, 1963, was Trinchera, Spanish for “Trenches.” According to Joseph Lazzaro, writing for the International Business Times, Trinchera was published by a group which called itself the Cuban Student Directorate or DRE. The JFK Library memo states that the DRE received $51,000 per month from the CIA; that’s the equivalent of $389,000 in 2013 money, or $4.8 million annually. No word on where the CIA raised the money to fund its propaganda campaign, but a good bet is its Southeast Asia drug operations which was responsible for generating millions of illicit dollars covertly.
Records declassified under the Freedom of Information Act indicate that the CIA liaison who paid the DRE its money was George Joannides. Joannides, who has other sinister links to the Kennedy assassination, was head of PsyOps at the CIA’s Miami station. He was also the CIA’s liaison to the House Select Committee on Assassinations (1976-78) which reopened the JFK investigation. As the CIA’s point man, Joannides destroyed documents, intimated witnesses, misled committee members, and obstructed justice at every turn. He was vigilant in guarding the CIA secrets and preventing the committee from making the logical connection of CIA involvement in Dallas. Lazzarro writes, “HSCA Chief Counsel G. Robert Blakey said that had he known who Joannides was at that time, Joannides would have not continued as CIA liaison, but would have become a witness who would have been interrogated under oath by the HSCA staff or by the committee. In addition, Joannides’ failure-to-disclose occurred despite the fact that Blakey and the CIA had a pre-investigation agreement between the HSCA and the CIA that CIA personnel who were operational in 1963 could not be involved in the committee’s investigation.”
Even the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), created in 1992 after the release of Oliver Stone’s JFK, had something to say about Joannides. According to Lazzarro, “U.S. Judge Jack Tunheim, ARRB chairman from 1994-1995, said that had the board known about Joannides’ activities in 1963, it would have been a no-brainer to investigate him: ‘If we’d known of his role in Miami in 1963, we would have pressed for all his records.'”
What possible reason could the CIA have to withhold files that are now a half-century old, unless those files expose the agency’s culpability in the death of the 35th President?