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NSA Allegedly Spied On The Vatican

October 31, 2013

Now here are some calls that I bet had juicy offerings and gossip that would make for headlines.  No word on how many cardinals might have used the ‘Ex-Benedict’ joke.

US secret services allegedly monitored the phone calls of Pope Benedict XVI, as well as those of his successor.

Italian magazine Panorama claims that among the 46 million phone calls intercepted by the NSA in December 2012 and January 2013 were communications to and from the Vatican.

The NSA allegedly eavesdropped on cardinals before the conclave in March 2013 to elect the new Pope, including calls between them and Cardinal Bergoglio, who became Pope Francis, succeeding Benedict. 

A Vatican spokesman said the Vatican had nothing to say to the claims of eavesdropping story “as far as we know”.

“In any case, we have no concerns about the matter,” a spokesman said.

The claims were made by Panorama, which said the NSA eavesdropped on the calls of many bishops and cardinals at the Vatican in the lead-up to the conclave, held amid tight security in the Sistine Chapel.

The information gleaned was then reportedly divided into four categories — “leadership intentions,” “threats to financial system,” “foreign policy objectives” and “human rights.”

 

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