FBI teletype reveals a brief counterintelligence investigation into Scientology - 2018-01-30

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F0.png FBI teletype reveals a brief counterintelligence investigation into Scientology January 30, 2018, Emma North-Best, Muckrock

A recently released Federal Bureau of Investigation file on the Church of Scientology shows that more than twenty years before Central Intelligence Agency accused WikiLeaks of being a "non-state hostile intelligence service," the FBI received an official inquiry asking if the COS was one.

Nearly half of the released document remains classified because it contains foreign government information and "intelligence activities (including special activities), intelligence sources or methods, or cryptology," with the original inquiry and any final response not included in the FBI's release. The inquiry resulted in the FBI Director sending a priority teletype to the Washington and Los Angeles field offices, as well as CCing the Bangkok Legat that had passed on the inquiry.

The original teletype had been sent from Bangkok a month and a half before, with copies going to the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service, requesting information on the COS.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = Emma | last = North-Best | title = FBI teletype reveals a brief counterintelligence investigation into Scientology | url = https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2018/jan/30/COS-CI-Bangkok/ | work = Muckrock | date = January 30, 2018 | accessdate = January 12, 2022 }}