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A letter from David Miscavige

At 5:50 p.m. Saturday (June 20, 2009), David Miscavige e-mailed this letter to the Times:

Dear Mr. Childs and Mr. Tobin,

I have been advised that you have decided to move forward with your story without my interview. This, despite the fact confirmed more than three weeks ago that I would make myself available on a date certain (6 July), after you spoke to other relevant Church personnel and toured Church facilities, and that I would provide information annihilating the credibility of your sources including the fundamental crimes against the Scientology religion that were the reasons for their removal from post. You were advised that information would include addressing the extraordinary "admissions" of one of your sources regarding a long-settled legal matter.

I was advised Thursday that you would only interview me on Friday, although you well knew it would be impossible for me to meet with you this week because of a long standing commitment to be aboard the SMV Freewinds for a week of religious events at the Church's annual OT Summit. I am at a loss to comprehend how the St. Petersburg Times can publish a story about me and the religion I lead without accepting the offer to speak with me, on the pretense that you cannot wait until after I have fulfilled my religious commitments.

While you have already received unequivocal statements from more than a score of witnesses, along with documentary evidence, providing uncontrovertible proof that your sources are lying, I remain ready to sit down for the requested interview on the date previously confirmed. If you decide not to avail yourself of this opportunity, I insist you do not misrepresent the fact that the decision was yours, not mine.

Kind regards.

Sincerely,

David Miscavige

Editor's note: The Times first requested an interview with Mr. Miscavige on May 13, and offered to meet with him in person, or interview him by telephone at any time since.

INDEX: The truth rundown, a special report on the Church of Scientology

The letter on this page is part of a special report from the St. Petersburg Times and its Web site, tampabay.com. Here is an index to the report.

Main Web page: Scientology: The truth rundown

Video: Defectors Marty Rathbun and Amy Scobee

Scientology responds

David Miscavige, Lisa McPherson

Three-part series from the St. Petersburg Times

Part 1: Scientology: The truth rundown

Scientology's response

David Miscavige's letter

David Miscavige bio and bios of defectors

Scientology: Origins, Tom Cruise and other celebrities, holdings, glossary

Part 2: Death in slow motion

Lisa McPherson case: events leading to her death

Part 3: Scientology: Ecclesiastical justice

Leaving the Church of Scientology: a huge step

Previous St. Petersburg Times coverage of Scientology:

From the Times archives, including the 1979 Pulitzer-winning coverage

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