A Scientology spy comes forward: Now he's ready for 'war' with David Miscavige - 2016-03-19

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F347.png A Scientology spy comes forward: Now he's ready for 'war' with David Miscavige March 19, 2016, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Skip Young's involvement in the Church of Scientology's notorious "Snow White Program" was only a footnote, but it was a memorable one. It was the summer of 1976, and Scientology's chief Washington DC spy, Michael Meisner, was in hiding after he'd been discovered that June using a fake IRS badge to gain access to a US Attorney's office while on a mission to pilfer government documents about Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

Hubbard's wife, Mary Sue, who was actively running the operation, hoped that the FBI wouldn't discover the connection between Meisner and Scientology while she kept him out of sight in Los Angeles. In the meantime, she wanted to know what charges he might be facing. So she turned to Skip Young.

Young was a Scientologist, but he also happened to be a San Diego police lieutenant who had been covertly running operations for the church in his free time. And he didn't hesitate to carry out his latest mission: He checked on Meisner's charges through a request with the National Crime Information Center in Washington. But Young had made a huge mistake. The FBI was actively looking for Meisner, and Young's request at the NCIC was flagged by the agency. FBI agents showed up the next day, expecting that Young had checked the NCIC database because he actually had Meisner in custody. Young lied, making up a story that the day before he'd stopped Meisner for jaywalking, but then had let him go.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = A Scientology spy comes forward: Now he's ready for 'war' with David Miscavige | url = https://tonyortega.org/2016/03/19/a-scientology-spy-comes-forward-now-hes-ready-for-war-with-david-miscavige/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = March 19, 2016 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}