Operation Clambake presents:

The H-Files

FBI files on L Ron Hubbard


May 16, 1974

1 - Mr. Franck -
    Atten: Mr. Heim
1 - Mr. Mintz

Mr. C.B.B. Parselle
The Church of Scientology
Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead
Sussex, England RH19 4JY

Dear Mr. Parselle:

I have received your letter of May 3rd, with enclosure.

In response to your request, it is my recollection that the observations I made when interviewed by representatives of the British Broadcasting Company in October, 1973, were similar in nature to observations and statements I recently made when interviewed on the "Today" program on NBC Television in April of this year.

At that time, in response to a question which was asked with regard to the feasibility of allowing a citizen to inspect his FBI file, I replied that, although it would be difficult, we would try to accomodate the public if possible. We have previously studied the feasibility of allowing citizens to review files we might have which refer to them, and have reexamined this problem, in light of my remarks. None of our efforts has provided a ready solution. The files of the FBI contain information received from many sources, including date obtained from or voluntarily furnished by the general public, with the expressed or implied understanding that their identities will be protected. Because of the nature of our files, it would be impossible to allow unofficial access to FBI files while at the same time honoring our pledge to protect the identities of contributors of information. Under current policy, however, we welcome submission of supplemental data which could make our files more complete and accurate.

1 - The Deputy Attorney General - Enclosures (2)
1 - Bufile 62-115530 (FOI-REPLIES)
[illegible initials]:law (6)

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Mr. C.B.B. Parselle

Also, although I noted that you requested your letter not be filed, it is a long-standing policy of this Bureau that exchanges of correspondence of an official nature are made a matter of record in our files.

Sincerely yours,

[stamped] C.M. Kelley

Clarence M. Kelley

NOTE: Our files reveal no information identifiable with correspondent or Lorraine Anne Coventry. A check with the Research Section of the External Affairs Division, determined that the statements furnished by Coventry are essentially what Mr. Kelley said. However, since the cover letter is on the stationery of the Church of Scientology, it is felt that we should not completely affirm the fact that the statements are essentially the same. The reason being that we have currently in the house at least five requests for information from our files concerning the Church of Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. This appears to be an attempt to have the Bureau put itself in the position of affirming Coventry's statements and then having them come back in an effort to force disclosure of data in our files concerning Hubbard and this organization.

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