The Scientology spy who came in from the cold: Len Zinberg, who apologized to Paulette Cooper - 2015-06-15
One of the things that made The Unbreakable Miss Lovely more than the telling of Paulette Cooper's account of her years being harassed by Scientology were some of the other people who provided their own narratives of those events. And none of them provided quite so much impact as Len Zinberg.
While we were researching and writing the book, Zinberg suddenly showed up, emailing Paulette with an apology he said was a long time coming. He explained that in the early 1970s, he had been a Guardian's Office volunteer, a young Scientologist who helped the church with its spy missions. And some of his assignments involved following or otherwise targeting Paulette.
Since leaving Scientology, he had begun to come to grips with what he'd done and then, in 2013, he had spotted an interview of Paulette by Mark Bunker. At that point, he could no longer remain silent, and he reached out to her. He then became a willing participant in our book project, and he's been keeping quiet for almost two years now, looking forward to telling his story to you once the book was out.