Anti-cultists fear Scientology bid

NOW Magazine/April 15, 1999

Toronto -- If you've ever called or written to the Chicago-based Cult Awareness Network (CAN) for help, or subscribed to the group's newsletter, a dirty little secret or two of yours may soon be in the hot little hands of the notorious Church of Scientology.

CAN was sued out of existence and taken over by Scientology after the church launched 53 lawsuits against the cult information network. Files belonging to the original board of CAN have been in legal limbo since.

Last month, a judge ordered the documents, which include confidential correspondence, financial records and membership lists of the original CAN, put up for public sale. Scientology is expected to be the highest bidder.

"We expect the worst of intentions," says CAN's former board chair, Edward Lottick.

A church member at CAN's offices, however, says Scientology is not interested in the documents. He can't explain, though, why church officials showed up in court to urge their release.

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