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Tony Ortega: Camilla Andersson goes public after 29 years in Scientology’s inner elite
Camilla Andersson spent 29 years in Scientology’s hardcore “Sea Organization” — many of those years at the secretive “Int Base” east of Los Angeles — and walked away to freedom only two years ago. Now, she’s talking publicly for the first time about what she saw inside Scientology’s most elite facilities, spending years in the church’s prison detail, and working closely with Scientology leader David Miscavige.
And she tells us, he’s not going to be very happy about it.
“He’s going to be boiling. I’ve always been the quiet one. But you can only beat me up for so long. That’s why I’m fuming,” she told us by telephone from her home in Seattle.
Recently, Andersson was in Southern California, and she filmed a series of videos with Karen de la Carriere. Here’s part one…
MUCH MORE AT TONY'S STORYAnd how did Camilla manage to get out of the Sea Org in 2012?
“I had been wanting to leave for a while. I had no money. Both of my parents are deceased. Where was I going to go? I didn’t even grow up in America,” she says.
“I wanted to get away from Scientology. But every time I would say that I wanted to leave and was routing out, I’d be convinced otherwise.”
She knew she couldn’t talk her way out. She would literally have to escape.
At the time, she was attending chef classes in Culver City. So, for a month she made plans, being very careful not to get into any trouble, which might jeopardize her ability to attend the weekly class. On the day she chose, she gathered up her green card and passport and what little money she had, and then made her way from the Big Blue complex to the Culver City classroom with the help of a friend.
“A guy in my division drove me there,” she says. She attended the class, which involved making eight different salads. Then, instead of staying after class to talk with the other students, she left, walking across the street. Then she kept walking. She didn’t even have a direction in mind.
“My theory was, if I don’t know where I’m going, they can’t follow. I know how security thinks.”
Eventually, she made her way to her sister’s house near the Los Angeles airport. Then, the next day, she got on a Greyhound bus for Idaho Falls.
Why Idaho Falls?
“I randomly picked it. There was no logic. Except that it was a cheap place to live. And there’s no Scientology in Idaho. I knew I could go under the radar quickly and disappear.”
Now she lives in Seattle, and she’s reconnecting with her old friends who have also left Scientology.
“They didn’t chase after me. Everything has gone fine.”