JFK files are still sealed after five decades

5 decades later, JFK files still sealed

Kennedy’s accused assassin, Lee Harvey OswaldCIA operative George Joannides
Sun Aug 18, 2013 6:35PM GMT

US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas. Five decades after his death, thousands of pages of official documents over the case remain withheld from public view.

The contents of these files are only partially known and thousands of documents relating to the case remain confidential. What secrets do these documents hold? Why are they still off-limits to researchers?

Documents pertaining to Kennedy’s assassination are set to be released by 2017. But why then and why not sooner? This as researchers demand transparency urging the classified files be made public on eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination.

Associated Press reports that researchers demand the CIA to declassify documents detailing what the government knew about Kennedy’s accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, before the assassination.

Several hundred of the still-classified pages, according to AP, concern a CIA operative “George Joannides, whose activities just before the assassination and, fascinatingly, during a government investigation years later, have tantalized researchers for years.”

Joannides left the CIA in 1979 and died in March 1990.

Researchers believe Joannides played a key role in the case both before and after the assassination. Some critics believe that Joannides was involved in a conspiracy to link Oswald with the government of Fidel Castro.

AP reports that “Joannides was the CIA case officer assigned to an anti-Castro group called the Student Revolutionary Directorate, which had an altercation in the streets of New Orleans with the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, a pro-Castro organization that counted Oswald as a member. After the fight, it was discovered that Oswald was passing out pamphlets that contained the address of a known anti-Castro operation, leading many to believe that Oswald was part of a CIA effort to sabotage the pro-Castro group from the inside.”

It was only after Joannides’ death that it came to light that he was in contact with the Directorate (Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil of DRE) in 1963, the same year that JFK was assassinated. CIA has so far refused to release files concerning the activities of Joannides in 1963 fueling suspicions that it might be covering up some secrets about the assassination. The agency was paying the anti-Castro group.

Author Anthony Summers “By withholding Joannides material, the agency continues to encourage the public to believe they’re covering up something more sinister.”

The Warren Commission, assigned by President Jonson in 1963, concluded in 1964 that Oswald acted alone and was not part of a conspiracy. But an investigation by the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) which was established in 1976 to probe the Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. assassinations, concluded that Kennedy was very likely assassinated as a result of a conspiracy.

Most Americans believe Oswald conspired with others to kill JFK. In November of 1963 some 52% of Americans thought others were involved in the assassination. The percentage was 50% in 1966, 81% in 1976, 74% in 1983, 77% in 1992, 75% in 2001 and 75% in 2003. A 2004 Fox News poll found that 66% of Americans thought there had been a conspiracy while 74% thought there had been a cover-up in the case.

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  • theunhivedmind

    John F. Kennedy was assassinated on the orders of ancient Londinium via The Worshipful Company of Mercers for the City of London Corporation. One of the beings who signed off his death warrant was Privy Councillor, Sir John Hobson. Reginald Bevins would have paid off the assassins through the Bank of Montreal. The assassins were Permanent Industrial Expositions working on behalf of Her Majesty’s Privy Council for Canada. The Order of Malta and the Jesuits were disgusted with Kennedy’s actions against their military and financial slave system. Below I attach a list of the Privy Councillors in Canada who would have been involved with the slaughter of JFK.

    -= The Unhived Mind

    The Honourable Marcel Joseph Aimé Lambert February 12, 1963
    The Honourable J.H. Théogène Ricard March 18, 1963
    The Honourable Frank Charles McGee March 18, 1963
    The Right Honourable Martial Asselin March 18, 1963
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    The Honourable Walter Lockhart Gordon April 22, 1963
    The Honourable Mitchell William Sharp April 22, 1963
    The Honourable Azellus Denis April 22, 1963
    The Honourable George James McIlraith April 22, 1963
    The Honourable William Moore Benidickson April 22, 1963
    The Honourable Arthur Laing April 22, 1963
    The Honourable Maurice Lamontagne April 22, 1963
    The Honourable John Richard Garland April 22, 1963
    The Honourable Louis Joseph Lucien Cardin April 22, 1963
    The Honourable Allan Joseph MacEachen April 22, 1963
    The Honourable Jean-Paul Deschatelets April 22, 1963
    The Honourable Hédard Robichaud April 22, 1963
    The Honourable John Watson MacNaught April 22, 1963
    The Honourable Roger Joseph Teillet April 22, 1963
    The Honourable Julia Verlyn LaMarsh April 22, 1963
    The Honourable Charles Mills Drury April 22, 1963
    The Honourable Guy Favreau April 22, 1963
    The Honourable John Robert Nicholson April 22, 1963
    The Honourable Harry William Hays April 22, 1963
    The Honourable René Tremblay April 22, 1963
    The Right Honourable Robert Taschereau April 26, 1963

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