Diamond Invictus SP
He considered leaving much earlier, but he stayed so as not to get disconnected from all his family.Two things about that. miscavige could have issued an order that Mike could only have his passport to get there but he had to turn it over to whoever Miscavige would have with him.
Mike was in the hole, he would not be able to receive money or have contacts while in there. How would Mike get the contact info? How would he be able to communicate on Blackberries issued by the SO without Miscavige knowing? He did not use the internet chat rooms right away but would need the contact info prior.
I'm sure he had plenty of time to gather contacts. And I believe some OSA personnel had the ability to communicate directly with declared SP's when needed, so he may have had access that way.