New Yorker Magazine Article Reveals FBI Probe of Scientology - 2011-02-09
There was, however, some new information that Wright brings out. We had heard rumors and unofficial reports of federal interest concerning Scientology's dealings, particularly regarding the area of human trafficking. "The Apostate" brings this investigation to greater light.
Wright's article states, "At the time Haggis was doing his research, the F.B.I. was conducting its own investigation. In December, 2009, Tricia Whitehill, a special agent from the Los Angeles office, flew to Florida to interview former members of the church in the F.B.I.'s office in downtown Clearwater, which happens to be directly across the street from Scientology's spiritual headquarters. Tom De Vocht, who spoke with Whitehill, told me, 'I understood that the investigation had been going on for quite a while.' He says Whitehill confided that she hadn't told the local agents what the investigation was about, in case the office had been infiltrated. Amy Scobee spoke to the F.B.I. for two days. 'They wanted a full download about the abuse,' she told me.