Operation Clambake presents:

The H-Files

FBI files on L Ron Hubbard


June 20, 1974

1 - Mr. McDermott - Enc.
     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:

This will acknowledge receipt of your letter of June 10th.

It has been a long-standing policy of the FBI that information contained in our files is available only to duly authorized law enforcement officials, agencies of the Executive Branch of the United States Government and various Congressional Committees. In addition, iti s often necessary to reveal materials from our files in certain judicial proceedings.

Individuals contacted in the course of an official FBI investigation, or citizens who voluntarily furnish us data which they believe comes within our investigative responsibilities, if they so request, are expressly advised that the information furnished us, as well as their identities, will be maintained confidential, except as noted above. In those cases where an individual has not expressly requested that his identity remain confidential, we feel that there is an implied responsibility on our part to protect their identity from disclosure.

I trust this information will be of assistance to you.

Sincerely yours,

[stamped] C.M. Kelley

Clarence M. Kelley Director

1 - Washington Field - Enclosure
    For information.
1 - Bufile 62-115530 (FOI-REPLIES)
JCF:law (7)                         SEE NOTE PAGE TWO

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Mr. C.B.B. Parselle

NOTE: Mr. Parselle wrote us on 5-3-74 which letter was acknowledged on 5-3-74. The Church of Scientology, and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, are well known to the Bureau. By airtel dated 6-14-74, WFO forwarded a Summons and Complaint served at WFO by a U.S. Marshal on 6-14-74 in which the Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, D.C., Inc., is suing the Director, the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury for information in our files which they contend we wrongly disseminated.

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