Further Documents Detail Other Spying By the Scientologists - 1979-11-02
Church of Scientology spies stole secret Internal Revenue Service files on celebrities and politicians and infiltrated such private groups as the American Medical Association, according to internal church documents released by a federal judge here yesterday.
The documents were among thousands released by U.S. District Judge Charles R. Richey. They include details of a church plan to begin a "rumor campaign" against U.S Sen. Dennis DeConcini (D-Ariz.). They also detail several instances of church operatives posing as reporters or students to gain access to Capitol Hill offices or federal judges' chambers.
Among the celebrities whose tax files -- and some returns -- were obtained were singer Frank Sinatra and Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, the documents indicated. The church files suggest the documents were taken from IRS files so the public could learn that the IRS gathered nontax-related intelligence on such persons.