Agents Search Scientology Offices for U.S. Documents - 1977-07-09
Federal agents raided Church of Scientology offices here and in Los Angeles yesterday in search of masses of documents they said were illegally taken by covert agents for the church from the government's voluminous investigative files on the group.
Spies for the church allegedly stole the files over the past two years by infiltrating federal agencies, bulgarizing government offices and on at least one occasion bugging an Internal Revenue Service meeting according to an affidavit filed by an FBI agent in support of the search warrants.
The plot originated at the very highest level of the church and resulted in numerous illegal entries by Scientology agents into the Justice Department, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Attorney's Office here, according to the affidavit.