John Brousseau: Marty Rathbun is putting words in my mouth about the FBI's Scientology probe - 2017-06-20
We tried to stay away from Mark "Marty" Rathbun's sad videos, we really did. We got two whole days away from commenting on his bizarre turnaround, which has him trying to rewrite the historical record in order to smear people he once said glowing things about. But once again, he's really stepped over a line and we felt compelled to say something.
Rathbun was once the second-highest ranking official in Scientology before he left in 2004, and then resurfaced in 2009 with an important website that, for several years, became a rallying point for former church members who were critical of Scientology leader David Miscavige. Rathbun also became personally involved in numerous cases of litigation, and gave innumerable press interviews. We have previously mapped the curious arc that Rathbun's website traveled between 2009 and the present, including its strange turn last year as Rathbun began attacking other former church members like Ron Miscavige Sr.
And now, he's been putting out this new set of videos, rolling them out in short segments of a few minutes, and focused mainly on Lawrence Wright's 2013 history, Going Clear. In the newest segment, Rathbun is challenging the reported accounts of why the 2009-2010 FBI investigation of Scientology ended, criticizing Lawrence Wright's view of it. (Rathbun lumps us in with Wright, but actually, we've been quite open that we disagree with Wright and the Tampa Bay Times about why the FBI probe ended, and our story about it actually relied on Marty Rathbun's account, confirmed by Mike Rinder and Marc Headley.)