Citing CIA ‘treachery,’ federal judge calls for release of secret JFK files.

In yesterday’s Boston Globe, Bryan Bender reported that Judge John Tunheim, former chair of a civilian review panel in charge of declassifying the government’s JFK assassination records, has called on the CIA to release all of its files on the late George Joannides, a deceased CIA officer involved in the events of 1963 and its confused investigatory aftermath. 

John Tunheim

Federal judge John Tunheim, former chair of the Assassination Records Review Board.

“It really was an example of treachery,” Tunheim said in a recent interview of the CIA’s handling of the Joannides affair. “If [the CIA] fooled us on that, they may have fooled us on other things.”

He called on the agency to make public everything it knows about the Joannides, who is now dead.

“I think they should release them now because they clearly have become relevant to the assassination,” Tunheim said.

The CIA maintains that it has provided all relevant documents to the Archives.

“CIA has followed the provisions of the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act, and the National Archives has all of the agency’s documents and files on the Kennedy assassination,” said CIA spokesman Todd D. Ebitz. “The classified information contained in the files remains subject to the declassification provisions of the act.”

CIA admits undercover officer lived in New Orleans (Nov. 11, 2013)

 5 Decades Later Some JFK FIles Still Sealed (Associated Press, Aus. 18. 2013)

Justice Dept. denies CIA officer was honored for coverup (JFK Facts,Dec. 17, 2012)

Court uphold public benefit of disclsoure about CIA officer in JFK story (JFK Facts, June 19, 2013)

CIA Still Cagey About Oswald Mystery (New York Times, October 17, 2009)

Morley v. CIA: Why I sued the CIA for JFK assassination records (JFK Facts, Feb. 23, 2013)


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  1. Andrew Gross says:

    This information needs to be released without further delay. What are they hiding after fifty (50) years!

  2. 2017 is not that far away.

  3. CA says:

    Less than two months before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Arthur Krock, in his Oct. 3, 1963 New York Times column titled “The Intra-Administration War in Vietnam,” quoted a high-ranking official in the government as saying:

    The CIA’s growth was ‘likened to a malignancy’ which the ‘very high official was not even sure the White House could control… any longer.’ ‘If the United States ever experiences [an attempt at a coup to overthrow the Government] it will come from the CIA and not the Pentagon. The agency ‘represents a tremendous power and total unaccountability to anyone.'”

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  6. Shawn Straddem says:

    I’m confused on the CIA’s stance are they saying they have released the files to the Archives and the Archives hasn’t declassified them or has the CIA just not releasing the files period?

  7. lysias says:

    Robert Kennedy, Jr. has just expressed strong approval of James Douglass’s JFK and the Unspeakable. I wonder if Judge Tunheim would be willing to express his opinion of Douglas Horne’s Inside the Assassination Records Review Board.

  8. Mitch says:

    Has anyone tried to contact any members of the Joannides family about attaining these files?

    • Shawn Straddem says:

      I tried to ask Jeff about getting an interview with the Joannides family or if Ann Pasture is still alive, I’ve never gotten a response.

  9. Ronnie Wayne says:

    Mr. Ebitz, what are the provision’s of the act that prevent us, the American People from seeing this information?

  10. George Simmons says:

    I feel this is quite significant.
    Federal Judge John Tunheim, talking about the Joannides files states:
    “It really was an example of treachery. If the CIA fooled us on that, they may have fooled us on other things….Lots of the jigsaw is missing”

    Yes, lots of the jigsaw are missing which is an unforgivable position to be in 50 years after the murder of a president. It is a terrible reflection on our press and democratic processes.
    The Joannides files are clearly assassination related and as such are being illegally witheld by the CIA.

  11. Ronnie Wayne says:

    Good news. Maybe as a Federal Judge AND former head of the ARRB his opinion will carry a little more weight with the powers that be than some of our opinions. Too bad he’s not one of the judges on Morley vs CIA.
    The similarity is eerily strange regarding his current opinion and Blakey’s reaction when he found out about Joannides’ role in 1963 (in relation to Joannides being the CIA liaison to the HSCA).
    Didn’t Blakey say they had been “snookered” by the CIA?

  12. Hans Trayne says:

    For the Agency to declare & hide behind ‘postponement in full’ to avoid releasing ALL the information mandated by law reminds me of the kid who won’t stop screaming for something in the grocery store while customers in the area look at the parents to ‘do something’.

    President Truman truly created an arrogant monster. It appears handcuffs & detainment in jail may be in order to enforce the law all citizens are expected to obey.

    • bogman says:

      Yes, and what happened in 1963 is still relevant to this day.

      Did you see where Obama has committed the U.S. to be in Afghanistan until 2024? And the CIA was using Gitmo as a training camp for double agents and assassins?

      The security state is the tale wagging the dog of our republic.

  13. rollo says:

    Obama could order the military intelligence services to seize Langley and conduct a thorough search for JFK-related files. That would give him a big bounce in popularity (if he cares about that)and divert attention from the Obamacare fiasco.

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