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[Handwritten] Deponent: Sheila MacDonald Chaleff
Deponent's First Affidavit
Sworn on 5th October 1987
In Support of Plaintiff [End Handwritten]

IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE 1987 C No.6140

CHANCERY DIVISION


B E T W E E N :

CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF CALIFORNIA Plaintiff

- and -

(1) RUSSELL MILLER

(2) PENGUIN BOORS LIMITED Defendants


AFFIDAVIT OF
SHEILA MACDONALD CHALEFF


I, SHEILA MACDONALD CHALEFF, of Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead,
Sussex, MAKE OATH and say as follows:-

 

1. I have been a member of the Church of Scientology for the

past 27 years. I have been employed by various Church of

Scientology corporations for 17 years and am presently the

Director of the Office of Special Affairs for the United Kingdom.

 

2. In 1985 Mr. Russell Miller approached the Church indicating

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he was going to write a series of articles about the life of Mr.

L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology. Mr. Miller gave

all indications that his writings were going to be balanced and

unbiased.

 

3. Shortly thereafter, it became apparent that Mr. Miller had

other intentions and actually intended to write a biased and

critical biography of L. Ron Hubbard.

 

4. I do not know the reason Mr. Miller decided to change his

story or what his motive was.

 

5. I know from my vast experience working for the Church that L.

Ron Hubbard led a very influential life and has greatly

contributed to the well being of thousands of people. He

dedicated his life to achieving "a civilisation without insanity,

without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and

honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to

greater heights".

 

6. There is now produced and shown to me marked "SMC 1" a

letter addressed to Alan Brooke, Managing Director of Michael

Joseph. The letter was written by Mr. L. Fletcher Prouty. In

this letter Mr. Prouty makes it clear that Mr. Miller has

completely ignored the, in fact, indispensable facts regarding

Mr. Hubbard's life, in particular Mr. Hubbard's extensive work

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with US naval intelligence during the Second World War and his

early public exposure of federal government initiation and

sponsorship of human experimentation in mind control through the

use of drugs, electric shock and hypnosis. Mr. Prouty is a

retired U.S. Air Force colonel who has extensive first hand

personal knowledge of the activities and procedures of the U.S.

military services. Mr. Prouty served in the U.S. Army from June

1941, the U.S. Air Force from its founding in 1947, the Office

of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) -- Office of Special Operations

(OSO/OSD), during 1960-61, and the Office of the Joint Chiefs of

Staff (JCS), -- Office of Special Operations, during 1962-1963,

where he was Chief of the office until his retirement in 1964.

Mr. Prouty's experience includes service in the American theater

of operations before the attack on Pearl Harbour (December 7,

1941), in the European-African-Middle East Theater (1943-44); and

in the Asiatic Pacific theater of operations (1945). Mr. Prouty

served on active duty with the U.S. Cavalry, the U.S. Armored

Force, and with the U.S. Air Force where he was a pilot multi-

engine and jet pilot. Mr. Prouty spent the last 5 years of his

active duty service in the Pentagon.

 

7. It is evident to me since reading Mr. Miller's book that he

chose to obtain his information from persons of questionable

intergity. Two such persons who Mr. Miller gives extensive

acknowldgement in aid of his book are called Jon Atack and Gerry

Armstrong. Jon Atack is known to be a convicted drug possessor

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and was involved in distribution of materials stolen from the

Church of Scientology. Mr. Armstrong is known to me to be a

US government informant who has admitted on video tape that he

intended to plant forged documents within the Church of

Scientology and then using the contents to get the Church raided

where these forged documents would be found and used against the

Church. These are the same two individuals that Mr. Miller used

to obtain the documents he used in his book.

 

8. On 11 August 1987, BBC Radio 4 aired a programme regarding

L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology. This programme was

researched and presented by Margaret Percy. After the airing of

this programme, Mr. Atack wrote a letter to the "Radio Times"

criticising Ms. Percy's programme even though he was a consultant

to the programme. There is now produced and shown to me marked

"SMC 2" a copy of Mr. Atack's letter to "Radio Times" with Ms.

Percy's response.

 

9. The integrity of Mr. Miller and his sources of the documents

in question are at best suspect. I have no doubt that the

documents involved in this litigation were obtained in breach of

court orders and the confidential relationship between the Church

and Mr. Armstrong.

SWORN at
[Handwritten]
Saint Hill Manor
East Grinstead
West Sussex
this 5th day of October
Before me [Signed]
Solicitor

) [Signed] Sheila Chaleff
)
)
)

 

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IN THE HIGH COURT 1987 C
OF JUSTICE No.6140

CHANCERY DIVISION

CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF
CALIFORNIA

Plaintiff

- and -

(1) RUSSELL MILLER

(2) PENGUIN BOOKS LIMITED

Defendants


AFFIDAVIT OF
SHEILA MACDONALD CHALEFF


Solicitor for the Plaintiff

HAMIDA JAFFERJI
32 Stroud Green Road
Finsbury Park
London N4 3EA.

 

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