It's interesting to consider the problems the Society has had
with outright traitors over the years. The latest Awake brought
this to my recollection, page 30 (May22) has a "From Our
Readers" letter that refers to "Two 'elders'[who] gave details of our
work to the secret police". I recall that when persecution broke
out in Liberia over the flag salute, many years ago, appointed
congregation servants avoided the rifle butts by openly compromising.
Also, if you check the Gestapo records over at the watchtower
observer, you can see some pretty sick business that explains in
part why so many Witnesses were caught and sent to concentration
camps - the leadership turned them in!(a lot of German brothers
disliked each other, I gather)
If you think this is unbelieveable, consider this: I have known
many elders over the years, often in neighboring congregations,
who quietly hate each other. The jealousy and resentment used
to shock me, when it boiled over on occasion. (I was naive for
a long time!). Anyway, it seems VERY CREDIBLE TO ME, that many of them
would eagerly betray each other or the congregation to benefit
themselves, as long as it was reasonably secret.
Heck, who do you think they betray by covering up abused kids?