Steve Cannane has Scientology book news, and helps us with a Down Under history lesson - 2014-12-05
Here's a bit of news we've been keeping under our hat. Steve Cannane, one of Australia's excellent television journalists who cover Scientology, told us some time ago that he'd signed a contract to write a book about Scientology's history Down Under.
Scientology has a long and controversial background in Australia, and Cannane has been hard at work interviewing people and digging up documents for his book. He doesn't have a publication date for us yet, but he agreed to let us reveal that his project is nearing completion after we pestered him recently with a question about an obscure document.
The document first came up because researcher Martin Ottmann brought it to our attention. It's something that Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote in 1966 about a disastrous government investigation in Australia and what effect it might have on his prospects in England, where he'd been living for seven years. We sent a copy of the document to Cannane, and he ended up writing a fascinating exegesis of Hubbard's memo for us.