When Scientology is caught spying, it always pretends it was the victim - 2019-04-18
Yesterday, Chris Owen gave us a wonderful dive into Scientology's history as an intelligence agency. We thought we'd follow up with a fun document today that helps illustrate what he's talking about.
If Scientology's history of spying is known for one thing it's the incredible Snow White Program that became the biggest infiltration of the US government in its history. Scientology put moles in government offices, bugged government meetings, and stole documents by the yard from 1974 to 1977. But then one of its chief spies, Michael Meisner, switched sides and became an FBI witness, leading to what was then the largest raid in the FBI's history, on July 8, 1977, with agents entering Scientology properties in Los Angeles and Washington.
Scientology immediately went to court to suppress the tens of thousands of documents taken in the raid, and also waged war in the press, trying to convince columnists that it was the government in the wrong (and having some success).