Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Newspaperman reminisces about the Scientology spy working at the paper

Part of a much larger article about the St. Petersburg Times’ Clearwater Sun newspaper, Mike Pride reminisces:

Besides their secretive ways, two things made covering the Scientologists hard. First, they were confrontational and unpleasant (Hubbard’s doctrine described journalists as "Merchants of Chaos"). Second, our city desk clerk was a Scientology spy. We wrote nearly 200 stories during the year after we disclosed the Scientologists’ presence, and they always seemed to know what we were up to.
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We knew the newsroom had been infiltrated, but we never guessed the spy was the friendly, efficient, sympathetic "June Phillips." We learned this only years later from FBI files.

Read the whole thing. Via.

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