September 24, 2020

The untold story behind a Watergate whistleblower

The dramatic life of Elias Demetracopoulos and his central connection to Watergate

Anthony Everett sits down with the Newton author of “The Greek Connection” to hear the fascinating story of the Greek journalist at the heart of an untold story of the Watergate scandal


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This is with Harry Truman. This is with Richard Nixon. James Baron of Newton is a journalist, attorney and now author. How he came to write his first book, The Greek Connection, is itself a story, beginning with an ambulance ride to Newton Wellesley Hospital. More than a decade ago, as they were nurses and doctors trying to stabilize my symptoms, I tried to find a place of calm. I took myself back to Greece 1966 Summertime on the island of Mykonos. Listening to the sound of the donkey is coming down the hillside with bells and feeling the warm, glorious Greek son on my back, Baron later recalled. That same summer was when he was introduced to the complex world of Greek politics, and I was especially fascinated by the story of this Tom Pappas. No character who was later named on the Watergate tapes is the Greeks bearing gifts in 1968 was the bagman for illegal funds going from the Greek CIA to the Nixon campaign. Pappas had a Boston connection Ah, Greek immigrant who, with his brother, grew the family’s north and grocery business into a multinational enterprise. Baron intended to write about Pappas until he met investigative journalist Seymour Hersh. Purpose. You really should be focusing on the person who tried to blow the whistle on Pappas, the journalist Elias Temeka Trop Elice. He’s still alive in Washington. I flew down to Washington. I met with Elias and realized that the bombshell from 1968 was a small part off a rather dramatic life. This is his his medal that he received you here. Really? The keeper of his flame at this point? Yeah. See, uh, not Baron devoted 10 exhaustive years researching, traveling and cultivating his relationship with this complex, intriguing figure. Ah, story that begins. Quite simply. He was a journalist before he was a journalist. He was a fellow who grew up in Athens. Elias, in World War two, decided he was going to join the Resistance. It was 12 years old at the time, and he became involved in intelligence gathering and in sabotage. He got caught by the Nazis. He was tortured. He was in prison, prison and sentenced to death. Ultimately, Elias does become a journalist in his homeland. But in 1967 when the military dictatorship takes over, he felt this was his time to be involved in the resistance, and the best way to do it was not to be in Greece under the dictatorship, but to get to Washington. Because of American support for the hunter, he becomes more than a journalist when he moves to Washington. He’s sort of a power broker. He’s a celebrity in certain ways. How does that happen? He had different worlds, and so he had friends for 40 years who never knew about his social life. There are others in his business world who never knew about some of the political activities. He kept these all discreet. How does he fit into Water Day? The heart off. What Elias discovered was that in 1968 there was an illegal transfer of funds from the Greek See A on behalf of the junta to the Nixon Agnew campaign, thinking that a Nixon presidency would be more sympathetic to the dictatorship than Humphrey, News of the transfer orchestrated by Pappas was not revealed at the time and would be central toe Watergate. That election was the second closest election in the 20th century. It was decided by less than 1% of the vote. Just imagine our history if you had no President Nixon and no Watergate Barons biography of Elias Demitra, Coppola’s is receiving praise from influential authors such as Doris Kearns Goodwin. It’s very gratifying. It’s also gratifying, uh, to be able to return to my wife, who was a book widow for 10 years. Marjorie Erin’s Baron, herself a journalist, is the former editorial director at WCVB. This is his briefcase from the photo. In the end, author and subject shared a relationship that resulted in a story that might otherwise not be told. Whistleblowers today put themselves their career’s their lives at risk. That’s what Elias did. It is something that is dangerous but can change the course of history. And that story is in this book, Yeah.

The dramatic life of Elias Demetracopoulos and his central connection to Watergate

Anthony Everett sits down with the Newton author of “The Greek Connection” to hear the fascinating story of the Greek journalist at the heart of an untold story of the Watergate scandal


James Barron of Newton is a journalist, attorney and now author. How he came to write his first book, “The Greek Connection,” is itself a story.

James Barron of Newton is a journalist, attorney and now author. How he came to write his first book, “The Greek Connection,” is itself a story.

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