Operation Snow White


Operation Snow White was a systematic attempt to infiltrate and steal classified files on Scientology from governments all over the world. Its exposure by the FBI in 1977 led to the arrest and imprisonment of the Guardian Office's senior leadership in the US and Canada. The program consisted of a number of sub-programs ("Snow White Operating Targets" or "SWOTs"), each with a different codename, aimed at targets in particular countries or international organisations. At least four of these sub-programs were aimed against Germany.

  1. The goal of Project Grumpy was to obtain files "by any means" from police, Interpol and immigration authorities.
  2. Project Coal consisted of accusing critics of Scientology for genocide, since Germany was particularly sensitive to this accusation.
  3. Project Glass aimed at bringing Germany before the European Commission (now Court) of Human Rights for alleged discrimination against Scientologists.
  4. If the other projects failed, the plan outlined in Project Bucket was to accuse Germany of genocide before the Human Rights commission of the United Nations.

An excellent overview about Operation Snow White (including the many projects not related to Germany) can be found on Chris Owen's pages.


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