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David Miscavige, the seldom-seen leader of the church, comes forth in his first newspaper interview to talk of a more peaceful time for Scientology.

October 25, 1998

Stories by THOMAS C. TOBIN
of the Times Staff

photo of Scientology leader, David Miscavige Called "intense" by his friends, David Miscavige, 38, has been Scientology's leader for 11 years.

ęSt Petersburg Times [ Link to original article]

LOS ANGELES -- When David Miscavige recounts his rise to power in the Church of Scientology -- a journey that began when he quit high school at age 16 -- it is mostly a story of war. War against renegade Scientologists. War against Scientology's critics. War against its one-time arch enemy, the IRS.

But Scientology's 38-year-old leader insists he is a determined peace-maker as well.

After years spent well outside the public's radar screen, Miscavige says he plans to step forward now and take a central role in trying to end differences with those who still oppose Scientology, the self-improvement "technology" devised by the late L. Ron Hubbard in the early 1950s.

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