Secrets of scientology blown apart as leader of cult to sue own father over book

For an organisation that so doggedly defends its reputation, Humfrey Hunter thought, the Church of Scientology seemed to have made a major mistake.

Mr Hunter was preparing to publish a book about the church – an expose written by the father of its leader. Last week he received a strongly-worded legal letter from the California-based group, threatening to sue if he releases the book as planned on Tuesday.

Yet the church’s attempt to silence Mr Hunter has backfired spectacularly, he believes.