April 23, 1992
She ran the agents'
by Bill Dunphy
The former head of Scientologys Canadian intelligence network has identified one
of his underlings as being responsible for "running" agents the church had
planted in several police and government agencies.
Bryan Levman was testifying yesterday at the criminal trial of the Church of
Scientology of Toronto and five Scientologists.
Levman said defendant Jacqueline Matz "ran the agents" who got jobs in the
mid-1970s with the RCMP, the OPP, Metro Police and the attorney-generals office in
order to pass information back to Scientology.
Breach of Trust
Those activities have landed Scientologys Toronto organization and five former
staff members on trial on charges of criminal breach of trust.
Levman, 44, was head of the Scientologys "Guardian Office" during the
mid-70s. Court has heard the secret group was charged with "protecting"
Scientology from its perceived enemies.
Testifying under a grant of immunity, Levman told the court the Guardians ran
"ripoffs" to get information from their enemies.
"One of the things we were doing was walking into offices and taking files, files
from offices we had identified as enemies of Scientology," Levman said.
He added that authorization for the activities came from the churchs founder, L.
Levman, also identified another defendant, Jan Joot, as having been briefly his
assistant heading up the intelligence bureau and mentioned Joot traveling to
the U.S. to receive training in lock-picking.
In this, the second day of trial, Levman explained the complex command structure of
He said it was run "along military lines" and that during the period he was
actively involved "Scientology was a dictatorship" with L. Ron Hubbard at the