Hey Rob, that OT VIII is not real Hubbard AFAIK.
It certainly is not the OT VIII delivered at this time, no resemblance at all.
Clever fake I think.
I actually think that the current one is the fake. We do know that there are three versions of OT VIII. We know that everyone who did the first one was recalled quicksmart. There was a total and complete re-write.
But mostly it is the style of writing. The original sounds just like LRH's style. There are a myriad of compiled HCOBs, reims of drivel that I doubt he ever even saw. The stuff he wrote is quite different. The original OT VIII is written in his style.
To be a forgery, it would have to be done by someone totally familiar with LRH's writings and know the difference between them and the compilations, and be able to duplicate that exactly, and also know his history with Satanic practices and his megalomaniac tendancies. Someone who is totally aware of the entire underlying purpose of Scientology. It would have to be someone high up in the Sea Org who could slip this forgery in without anyone suspecting anything.
Come to think of it, it could be the Empress finally spilling the beans. But no-one else, IMO. But then she wrote much of Scino tech originals.
Also, I can't see Int management signing off on this extremely out PR and revealing issue unless they were absolutely sure it was an LRH original.