Recently released FBI files show L. Ron Hubbard offering to inform on his own organization - 2017-11-14
Recently released Federal Bureau of Investigation files show that just over a year after L. Ron Hubbard created the the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, a precursor to the Church of Scientology, he offered to become an informant for the Bureau, and provide the FBI with a list of its members and copies of their fingerprints.
While previously published books have mentioned part of this, significant details are disclosed in recently released FBI files as a result of a FOIA lawsuit jointly brought by the author along with Radar Online, represented pro bono by Dan Novack. While the books describe Hubbard's willingness to throw certain members of his Dianetics Foundation under the bus, the FBI's files show that his paranoia left him more than willing to provide the Bureau with information on every member of his foundation, including fingerprint cards. While this was ostensibly done in the name of fighting Communism and rooting out any supposed Communist subversives that had made their way into his group, the context leaves no doubt that it was in response to his wife leaving him and accusations that he had kidnapped and drugged her.
While the initial letter from Hubbard only offered a handful of names, it promised that he would follow-up soon, mentioning that the Foundation had recently decided to fingerprint its members and require they sign an oath of loyalty to the U.S. Government, which COS would later infiltrate and attempt to undermine while stealing classified files and other government documents.