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Not sure if this has been mentioned previously but I thought it was interesting.

Dallas DA Henry Wade made mention of the possibility of LHO being an FBI informant, even going so far as to provide reporters with his informant number.

Speaking of himself, Wade mentioned that he (Wade) had worked in "the FBI's Special Intelligence Service (SIS) and that he was supplied from time to time with various sums of money for which he did not have to account and for which he did not have to obtain any receipts from the persons to whom he disbursed the money."

Wade was suggesting that LHO had been paid by the FBI but didn't have to account for the payments.

J. Edgar Hoover vehemently denied any FBI connection to Oswald and said that Wade was off-base in his suppositions.

In a memo dated Feb. 6, 1964, Hoover described Wade as having "entered on duty with the FBI on December 4, 1939. On July 6, 1942, he was advanced the sum of $1075 in connection with an SIS assignment. This was for subsistence and travel in connection with his assignment in Ecuador as well as to provide him with some money with which to establish himself. His passage from New Orleans to Guayaquil, Ecuador, cost over $500 alone. In addition, he was required to make full restitution of the total amount which had been advanced him and subsequently did so."

Hoover goes on to describe Henry Wade's time as an FBI guy, giving his symbol number (345), his code name (James) and his confidential informant number (6).

Hoover says Henry Wade handled 11 informants, spending a total of $1438.21 in payments to informants.

Hoover points out that Henry Wade submitted a resignation letter to the FBI on May 25, 1943 but on June 13, 1943, he said he had made a mistake and asked for reinstatement. The FBI, however turned him down, saying that the FBI's request for Wade's military deferment had already been withdrawn.

It seems that Hoover was punishing Wade by publicly revealing details of his clandestine service in retaliation for Henry Wade trying to make a connection between the FBI and LHO.

I also found a reference that says Henry Wade and John Connally were college roommates. Anyone know if this is true?

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I also found a reference that says Henry Wade and John Connally were college roommates. Anyone know if this is true?

From Henry Wade's WC testimony, found at:

http://www.jfk-assassination.de/warren/wch/vol5/page215.php

Mr. Wade.

"The Sheriff told me, he said, "Don't say nothing about it, but they have got a good suspect," talking about the Dallas Police.

He didn't have him there. John Connally, you know, was shot also--and he was, he used to be a roommate of mine in the Navy and we were good friends, and are now--and the first thing I did then was went out to the hospital to see how he was getting along."

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Not sure if this has been mentioned previously but I thought it was interesting.

Dallas DA Henry Wade made mention of the possibility of LHO being an FBI informant, even going so far as to provide reporters with his informant number.

Speaking of himself, Wade mentioned that he (Wade) had worked in "the FBI's Special Intelligence Service (SIS) and that he was supplied from time to time with various sums of money for which he did not have to account and for which he did not have to obtain any receipts from the persons to whom he disbursed the money."

Wade was suggesting that LHO had been paid by the FBI but didn't have to account for the payments.

J. Edgar Hoover vehemently denied any FBI connection to Oswald and said that Wade was off-base in his suppositions.

In a memo dated Feb. 6, 1964, Hoover described Wade as having "entered on duty with the FBI on December 4, 1939. On July 6, 1942, he was advanced the sum of $1075 in connection with an SIS assignment. This was for subsistence and travel in connection with his assignment in Ecuador as well as to provide him with some money with which to establish himself. His passage from New Orleans to Guayaquil, Ecuador, cost over $500 alone. In addition, he was required to make full restitution of the total amount which had been advanced him and subsequently did so."

Hoover goes on to describe Henry Wade's time as an FBI guy, giving his symbol number (345), his code name (James) and his confidential informant number (6).

Hoover says Henry Wade handled 11 informants, spending a total of $1438.21 in payments to informants.

Hoover points out that Henry Wade submitted a resignation letter to the FBI on May 25, 1943 but on June 13, 1943, he said he had made a mistake and asked for reinstatement. The FBI, however turned him down, saying that the FBI's request for Wade's military deferment had already been withdrawn.

It seems that Hoover was punishing Wade by publicly revealing details of his clandestine service in retaliation for Henry Wade trying to make a connection between the FBI and LHO.

I also found a reference that says Henry Wade and John Connally were college roommates. Anyone know if this is true?

Connally's biography mentions HANK WADE as a classmate, but no mention of roommate.

Jack

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