MIKE RINDER AND REPORTER: MAN CONVICTED OF HACKING WAS WORKING FOR SCIENTOLOGY - 2015-06-25

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F347.png MIKE RINDER AND REPORTER: MAN CONVICTED OF HACKING WAS WORKING FOR SCIENTOLOGY June 25, 2015, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Tomorrow in New York, Eric Saldarriaga, a 41-year-old Astoria, Queens private investigator, will be sentenced in federal court after pleading guilty to hiring a hacker to access private email accounts on behalf of his clients.

According to a story in the New York Times published in March, Saldarriaga was cooperative with federal prosecutors and is expected to receive a sentence of about six months. The story also explains that none of the identities of Mr. Saldarriaga's victims or of his clients had been revealed.

However, this afternoon, just a day before the sentencing, the court received a "victim impact statement" from Mike Rinder (pictured), the former Scientology international spokesman who featured prominently in Alex Gibney's HBO documentary about Scientology, Going Clear. In his statement, Rinder indicates that he was notified by the Justice Department that he was one of Saldarriaga's targets for hacking, and he was invited to submit a statement to the court.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = MIKE RINDER AND REPORTER: MAN CONVICTED OF HACKING WAS WORKING FOR SCIENTOLOGY | url = https://tonyortega.org/2015/06/25/mike-rinder-and-reporter-man-convicted-of-hacking-was-working-for-scientology/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = June 25, 2015 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}