Elias Demetracopoulos, an puzzling publisher who fled Greece after a troops manoeuvre in 1967 and indicted a statute worried junta of illegally funneling a half-million dollars into Richard M. Nixon’s 1968 presidential campaign, died on Feb. 16 during a nursing home in Athens. He was 87.
The means was complications of Parkinson’s disease, his American biographer, James H. Barron, said.
Mr. Demetracopoulos’s justification of tip donations supposing President Lyndon B. Johnson “with a possibility to damage, if not sink, Nixon’s campaign,” Robert Dallek wrote in 1998 in “Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1961-1973.” The justification competence even have been among a papers that burglars were seeking when they pennyless into a Democratic inhabitant domicile during a Watergate bureau formidable in 1972.
During his self-imposed outcast in Washington, Mr. Demetracopoulos lobbied Congress and a White House indefatigably to postpone support for a Greek troops dictatorship, that a American supervision rather grudgingly noticed as a aegis opposite encroaching Communism in southern Europe.
The junta collapsed in 1974 after Turkey invaded Cyprus, and democracy was eventually restored. So was Mr. Demetracopoulos’s Greek citizenship. But he remained in Washington as a bon vivant. He returned to Athens final year.
His obscure purpose as a publisher with a domestic bulletin and his supernatural — and changeable — cadre of allies and enemies tangible him as a mysterious impression in a capital, where he never schooled to expostulate and conducted business from a telephone-equipped list during a Jockey Club.
According to Mr. Dallek and other sources, Mr. Demetracopoulos told Lawrence F. O’Brien Jr., who was handling Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey’s presidential debate in 1968, that a Greek junta had pumped $549,000 (about $3.7 million in today’s dollars) into Nixon’s coffers and that Richard Helms, a executive of executive intelligence, could endorse a transaction.
“O’Brien took a story to a president, though Johnson, according to what O’Brien told Demetracopoulos, refused to act on it,” Mr. Dallek wrote. “He would conjunction ask Helms to examine a news nor cruise leaking it to a press, should it infer to be true.”
Mr. Dallek resolved that President Johnson had 3 reasons: that he deliberate Mr. Demetracopoulos a “troublemaker” to whom a State Department had creatively hoped to repudiate asylum; that he was by afterwards privately hostile to assistance Humphrey; and that he did not wish to serve incite Nixon, fearing, as he confided to a White House warn but elaborating, that he competence be prosecuted if Nixon became president.
The State Department’s annoyance with Mr. Demetracopoulos boiled over again in 1977 when he was blamed for derailing a Carter administration’s assignment of William E. Schaufele as envoy to Greece. Mr. Schaufele had questioned a territorial standing of Greek islands off a Turkish coast.
Also in 1977, an essay in The New York Times, citing statements and annals attributed to officials of a Central Intelligence Agency, expel doubt on Mr. Demetracopoulos’s insistence that he been an subterraneous insurgency warrior opposite a Nazis in Greece in World War II. It also lifted doubts about his avowal that he had volunteered his services to unfamiliar comprehension agencies.
To redeem his reputation, Mr. Demetracopoulos sued a C.I.A. In 1983, a group resolved that zero in a files substantiated a strange allegations.
Elias Panayotis Demetracopoulos was innate in Athens on Dec. 1, 1928. His father, Panayotis, was an archaeological beam during a Acropolis. His mom was a former Panayota Bokolas.
He married a former United States Information Service officer in 1953; they divorced a year later. He has no evident survivors.
He attended a Athens School of Economics and Business (now a Athens University of Economics and Business) and in 1950 became a domestic editor of a morning journal we Kathimerini, a post he hold until 1958.
Until 1967, he was a domestic and tactful editor for other Greek newspapers, a contributor for several magazines and a match for a North American Newspaper Alliance and The New York Herald Tribune.
When he changed to America, Mr. Demetracopoulos was a consultant for Brimberg Company, a New York stockbroker, advising investors on unfamiliar affairs. From 1979 until 1984 he also worked as a match for a Greek newspapers Makedonia and Thessaloniki.
“With doors sealed to him as a journalist, he used his general and domestic connectors to support himself as an information broker,” Mr. Barron wrote in his stirring biography, tentatively patrician “The Greek Connection.”
“He became a domestic comprehension gatherer, joining friends from both parties with his Wall Street clients,” he continued, “but his primary concentration remained a overpower of a Greek dictatorship.”
Mr. Barron wrote that Mr. Demetracopoulos was respected in 2008 by a Hellenic Republic as “a champion of leisure and democracy” who had achieved “outstanding services to Greece.”