1. Prouty, who also had worked for the church, had told them that Hubbard had actually been an intelligence agent, and the records were, as he said, sheep-dipped. That’s apparently a term of art in intelligence that maintains that there were two sets of records. And we obtained all of Mr. Hubbard’s military records, and there was no second set of records. There was no evidence that he had ever acted as an intelligence agent during the war in any serious capacity, and that he had never been wounded.

    — When Lawrence Wright asked the Church of Scientology’s spokesman Tommy Davis to square the records that The New Yorker obtained with the Church of Scientology’s own records, Davis replied that the Church was also puzzled by the discrepancies until it found an expert named Fletcher Prouty to clarify the matter for them. (From Fact-Checking the Church of Scientology)

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    Lawrence Wright

    the new yorker

  1. We finally gained access to Hubbard’s entire World War II records [through a request to the military archives] and there was no evidence that he had ever been wounded in battle or distinguished himself in any way during the war. We also found another notice of separation which was strikingly different than the one that the church had provided.

    — L Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, had maintained that he was blind and a ‘hopeless cripple’ at the end of World War II — and that he had healed himself through measures that later became the basis of Dianetics, the 1950 book which became the basis for Scientology. But New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright discovered documents that contradicted Hubbard’s statements.

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  1. Fact-Checking The Church of Scientology
picture: L Ron Hubbard’s birth certificate, from The New Yorker’s Primary Sources: L Ron Hubbard

    Fact-Checking The Church of Scientology

    picture: L Ron Hubbard’s birth certificate, from The New Yorker’s Primary Sources: L Ron Hubbard

  2. l ron hubbard

    scientology

    lawrence wright

    the new yorker