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Bizarre California cult, Fellowship of Friends, attacks GodLikeProductions.com for reposting WikiLeaks expose, 21 Jun 2009

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June 22, 2009
Summary

The Fellowship of Friends (FoF) is a controversial Californian headquartered "Forth Way" religious cult. It claims 40 chapters around the world and has been the subject of a number of law suits in the past five years. The suits, instigated by former members, allege, among other matters, that the supposedly celibate founder and leader, Robert Earl Burton, kept or keeps a secret harem of teenage boys.

Earlier this month, WikiLeaks released a significant internal letter from the former lawyer of the cult, David Springfield. That letter discussed a variety of criminal and unethical activities undertaken by the FoF.

Subsequently, a popular internet forum, GodLikeProductions.com (GLP) posted a copy of the WikiLeaks description, together with a link to the original WikiLeaks article.

On June 21, 2009, an administrator of GLP received the first in series of legal demands over the Springfield letter from "Abraham N. Goldman & Associates, Ltd." of California, who stated they were acting for the Fellowship of Friends. The demands insisted GLP remove references to the WikiLeaks information, claiming copyright and client-attorney privilege on the Springfield letter.

Importantly, these demands serve to independently authenticate the Springfield document and testify to its significance.

It should be noted that the address used by "Abraham N. Goldman & Associates, Ltd.", 12896 Rices Crossing Road Oregon House, CA 95962-0120, corresponds to the Fellowship Of Friends vast, secured, California compound.

See "Censored Fellowship of Friends cult letter from former legal council David Springfield, 2009" for the Springfield article and this discussion at GLP.
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