Scientolog ga seg ut for å jobbe for TIME for å intervjue Paul Haggis

Denne nyheten er alt lenket til i Going Clear-tråden vår, men jeg synes den fortjener sin egen tråd også.

Paul Haggis, regissør og intervjuobjekt i Gibneys Going Clear, beskriver noen smått suspekte e-poster han mottok, og hvordan staben hans avslørte hvor de kom fra:

Scientology spy caught trying to interview Paul Haggis as fake ‘Time’ magazine reporter

On April 7, film director and screenwriter Paul Haggis received an email asking for a Time magazine interview. Haggis tells us the request seemed reasonable. The writer, Mark Webber, said he was talking to a number of directors for an article about the “golden age of film.” Webber also mentioned Crash, the Oscar-winning Haggis film that is coming up on its 10th year anniversary since it was released in theaters on May 6, 2005.

Haggis forwarded Webber’s email to his staff, asking them to set up a time for a phone interview. But once they got a look at it, they thought the request seemed a little off. They decided to do a little checking before scheduling the call for Haggis.

One of the director’s representatives noticed that “Mark Webber” not only didn’t appear to have any Time clips, he didn’t seem to have any national arts bylines of any kind. A message was sent to Time arts editor Sam Lansky, who said that he didn’t know anyone named Mark Webber, and he hadn’t assigned an interview of Haggis.

The Haggis team then took apart Webber’s email, digging into its hidden data, and soon were able to figure out where it had been sent from.

They found that the email had begun its journey from a computer located in Los Angeles at 5165 Fountain Avenue in a structure known as the Anthony Building — a building that the Church of Scientology owns. The church uses the Anthony for “berthing,” the housing of its Sea Org workers, who have signed billion-year contracts and have promised to do virtually anything asked of them, lifetime after lifetime. And “Webber’s” Yahoo email account had been created just a few days earlier, on April 1.