Patron with Honors
I'm sure your viewpoint is a very valid legal viewpoint. However we are dealing with the CO$ which is a perculiar organisation. The OSA bureau are set up to handle first with intel, then PR, then legal. If all those fail they handle by finance, the 4th OSA bureau.
Marty Rathbun thinks that Debbie was given a payout. He is in a position
to know CO$ strategy intimately and may indeed have knowledge of such a payout even.
Not that I should have to prove my bona fides, but I worked on the Lisa McPherson trial, helped expose the Reed Slatkin scandal, received cease and desists with respect to Scn companies like Digital Lightwave, Diskeeper, etc. I might not have racked up as many posts on ESMB, but I've been a critic longer than most people here, and you're not going to tell me anything about Scientology that I don't already know.
And with respect to Marty, I cannot take anything he says at face value. Marty is speculating that Cook received money because it was Marty that was selling Debbie Cook's case to his followers as the magic bullet, the domino that was going to topple the byzantine Scientology corporate empire. He's saving face. If Marty does have actual knowledge of the agreement, then his saying as much would lead Scientology to the natural conclusion that Cook breached the gag order because how else could he have actual knowledge of the terms of a confidential agreement? And if he's blustering, there's little downside because the parties aren't in a position to refute him. Marty's word is useless as to whether there was a secret agreement.