Scientology Internal Documents Leaked in SF? We Ask the Experts


We’ve been watching a developing story in San Francisco, where Lauren Smiley at our sister paper, SF Weekly, has been covering an interesting defection from the Church of Scientology’s “org” there.

Chanology SF, the very active Anonymous chapter in that city, was celebrating the apparent fact that a Scientology worker at the SF org who called him or herself “ethicstrouble” had been convinced by their protests to make contact with them and to begin feeding information about what was happening at the church organization. Jeff Quiros, the president of the SF church, told Smiley that the e-mails from “ethicstrouble” were a hoax.

But now Smiley has posted documents that “ethicstrouble” claims to have rescued from the org’s trash, which spell out in detail the activity at the church, and show a steady decline. Quiros tells Smiley that these documents are also not genuine, but we decided to show them to our own experts for their analysis…

We showed the documents to Jefferson Hawkins, who not only ran Scientology’s major public relations pushes in the past, but also oversaw very similar documents that showed him how much activity was happening in Scientology across the country. Here’s what he had to say after looking at what Smiley posted:

Tony, the graphs are credible — all of the names of statistics and the acronyms used are correct. The statistic numbers are in the range that would be credible, and the numbers are consistent from one graph to the next. The Church’s claim that these are falsified is not credible to me — it would take a very knowledgeable insider many hours to even attempt such a fabrication and get all of the names, acronyms and statistic relationships correct. What they show is a relatively small organization that is struggling to get by, with few staff, few public and little income.

I also showed them to Mike Rinder, who before he left in 2007 was Scientology’s chief spokesman and oversaw the Office of Special Affairs, which handled public relations:

Those graphs look authentic. Anyone who has seen church stat graphs knows the format and the typestyle and the way the scaling is done (by a computer program so it doesn’t go off the top or the bottom).

Of course, there is always the chance that they are forged — but to what end? Who would bother forging these? Jeff Quiros has to say they are forged because they show such a dismal picture of the wondrous Miscavige “Ideal Org” — they make no auditors, no Clears, no Solo Course comps, they pay the staff $100/week (try living on that in SF!) and generally all their stats are downtrending.

They simply confirm what everyone already knows, but Miscavige and his minions won’t admit. Scientology is NOT “expanding like never before and 5 times greater in the last 6 months than in all 50 years before that…. blah blah blah.”

If someone wanted to do an elaborate forgery, surely they would invest their time in something with wider implications than this.

I bet there is a FRANTIC search ongoing in the SF Org to try and find out who is leaking this stuff. Jeff Quiros is in deep shit right about now. And there has probably been an order out to every org to shred copies of all graphs in case more of them escape.
Funny, it used to be that graphs were displayed for the public to see in orgs…

Smiley continues to try to authenticate “ethicstrouble”‘s status. We’ll let you know what she finds out.

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology
#3: Marty Rathbun
#4: Tom Cruise
#5: Joe Childs and Tom Tobin
#6: Anonymous
#7: Mark Bunker
#8: Mike Rinder
#9: Jason Beghe
#10: Lisa McPherson
#11: Nick Xenophon (and other public servants)
#12: Tommy Davis (and other hapless church executives)
#13: Janet Reitman (and other journalists)
#14: Tory Christman (and other noisy ex-Scientologists)
#15: Andreas Heldal-Lund (and other old time church critics)
#16: Marc and Claire Headley, escapees of the church’s HQ
#17: Jefferson Hawkins, the man behind the TV volcano
#18: Amy Scobee, former Sea Org executive
#19: The Squirrel Busters (and the church’s other thugs and goons)
#20: Trey Parker and Matt Stone (and other media figures)
#21: Kendrick Moxon, attorney for the church
#22: Jamie DeWolf (and other L. Ron Hubbard family members)
#23: Ken Dandar (and other attorneys who litigate against the church)
#24: David Touretzky (and other academics)
#25: Xenu, galactic overlord

Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he’s been writing about Scientology at several publications.

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