Operation Snow White was a huge infiltration by the Church of Scientology of the U.S. government, foreign embassies, and private organizations. The goal of the operation was to eliminate all negative records of the Church of Scientology, and of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard.
The Church of Scientology teaches that people are eternal, spiritual beings that have since forgotten who they used to be. The church is fairly controversial with many refusing to accept it as an actual religion, rather considering it either a cult or a commercial organization. It is especially controversial due to instances of “harassment and abuse of civil courts.”
Records of such instances were part of what the Church of Scientology sought to eliminate. Participants in the illegal infiltration tapped wires and stole documents from the government.
Some of the higher ups in the Church of Scientology organization were charged with “obstructing justice, burglary of government offices, and theft of documents and government property” in the case United States v. Hubbard. Eleven higher ups pleaded guilty or were convicted and sentenced.