Newly released documents: Scientology leader L. Ron Hubbard tried to 'buy' an African nation - 2018-04-03
Historian Chris Owen has another exclusive for the Bunker, and this one is a real doozy. You may know that in 1966 Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard made an effort to become influential in the African nation of Rhodesia — until he was unceremoniously deported. But new documents show that subsequent to that embarrassing failure, Hubbard tried another gambit, offering the government of another African country an incredible cash offer. Here's Chris with the stunning details...
In the mid-1960s, L. Ron Hubbard became obsessed with the idea that Scientology had to establish a secure base in southern Africa as an insurance policy against the threat of a nuclear war in the northern hemisphere. He attempted to ingratiate himself with the apartheid government of H.F. Verwoerd in South Africa, and tried to set up a base for Scientology in Rhodesia but was forced to leave in 1966 when the white supremacist government there tired of his attentions.
He decided not long afterwards to buy a flotilla of ships on which he could cruise the high seas with his newly established Sea Org, free from the influence of "suppressive" governments. But recently released papers from Interpol and the Malawian government show that just before the Sea Org went to sea in 1967, Hubbard made one last unsuccessful and previously unreported attempt to take over a southern African country – this time Malawi.