Debbie Cook, Former Scientology Executive, Blasts Church Leadership In Email (VIDEO)
Debbie Cook, a former executive with the Church of Scientology has revealed she believes the church has become greedy and corrupt under the leadership of David Miscavige.
Cook, who worked at the church's Sea Org group in Clearwater, Fla., sent an email containing criticisms of the church's management to about 12,000 Scientologists on New Year's Day, according to the Village Voice, which first broke the story.
The Village Voice has since removed the full contents of Cook's email per her request, but the message can still be found on the Public Intelligence Blog.
The long, detailed message blasts Miscavige's fundraising strategies and spending habits and argues that his actions are out of line with what Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard intended when he started the church.
Many followers initially doubted the validity of the email, but Cook soon took to her Facebook page and disclosed that she had indeed sent the message, according to the Village Voice.
Still, some church members aren't too thrilled about Cook's outspoken statements.
Church of Scientology spokesperson Karin Pouw was quick to argue that Cook's views do not aptly reflect the views of other church members, according to the International Business Times.
In a statement to On Deadline, Pouw wrote:
Ms. Cook's opinions reflect a small, ignorant and unenlightened view of the world of Scientology today. They are not shared by the thousands of Scientologists who are overjoyed by our 27 new Churches and what they mean to the communities they serve.
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