Presented in reverse chronology, this history stretches from the present back to the Fellowship's 1970 founding, and beyond.
(See "Blog Archive" in the sidebar below.) It draws from many sources, including The Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the former Fellowship of Friends wiki project, cult education and awareness sites, news archives, and from the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship.

The portrait that emerges stands in stark contrast to sanitized versions presented on the Fellowship's array of
alluring websites, and on derivative sites created by Burton's now-estranged
disciple, Asaf Braverman.

Friday, June 12, 2009

WikiLeaks Release: Censored Fellowship of Friends cult letter from former legal council David Springfield, 2009

Banned Fellowship of Friends attorney letter on Wikileaks[ed. - This post appeared on the WikiLeaks website.]
Release date: June 12, 2009
The Fellowship of Friends is a "intellectual" fourth-way cult founded in the 1970s by its current leader Robert Earl Burton[1][2][3]. It claims chapters in many countries, including 10 chapters in the United States[4].

This file contains a copy of a letter sent to the members of the Board of Directors of the Fellowship of Friends apparently by their former legal counsel. The letter outlines many illegal activities of the Fellowship of Friends and omissions of oversight by said Board of Directors, and possible consequences if these matters come to the attention of the authorities.

The document was initially released on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, but was wholly censored by the publisher after it received a claim of copyright infringement under the US DMCA.

A version of it was then made available on the Internet Archive (, but it too has been removed. [ed. - See this post for an edited version.]

The letter refers to fraud obtaining religious visas, fraudulent accounting, inurements to the chief minister (Robert Earl Burton), tax evasion, and so on. It may be of interest to agencies within the US government and the governments of other countries.

Interested parties can call Ames Gilbert at (530) 272-4775 (within U.S.A.).

[ed. - Ames Gilbert claims that his name and phone number were used without permission.]
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[ed. - Copies of the letter can be found scattered around the web by searching "david-springfield-letter-2009". See also: "A lawyer abandons ship"]

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