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NSA spied on Pope Francis during Vatican conclave

NSA spied on Pope Francis during Vatican conclave

October 31, 2013 - The American spy agency monitored telephone calls made to and from the residence in Rome where the then Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio stayed during the conclave, the secret election at which cardinals chose him as pontiff on March 13.

The claims were made by Panorama, an Italian weekly news magazine, which said that the NSA monitored the telephone calls of many bishops and cardinals at the Vatican in the lead-up to the conclave, which was 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”.


At that time, Benedict XVI was Pope, suggesting that the Vatican may also have been monitored during the last few weeks of his papacy.

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The allegations follow a report on Cryptome, a website that gathers intelligence on surveillance and national security, which claimed the US intercepted 46 million telephone calls in Italy between Dec 10 2012 and Jan 8 January 2013.

The monitoring of communications, including emails, continued after Benedict’s resignation in February and encompassed the election of Pope Francis.

“It is feared that the great American ear continued to tap prelates’ conversations up to the eve of the conclave,” the weekly magazine said.

It added that there were “suspicions that the conversations of the future Pope may have been monitored”, but provided no hard evidence or quoted sources for the claim.



Sources and more information:

NSA spied on the future Pope Francis before and during Vatican conclave: report

ROME - The National Security Agency spied on the future Pope Francis before and during the Vatican conclave at which he was chosen to succeed Benedict XVI, an Italian news magazine reported Wednesday. The U.S. spy agency monitored telephone calls made to and from the residence in Rome where the then-archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio stayed during...

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( via telegraph.co.uk )



1 comments

  • properREDeye#

    properREDeye wrote October 31, 2013 5:20:57 PM CET

    Hardly surprising, they are willing to violate everyone else's privacy so why not the leaders of the Christian church in their most secret hour?! Maybe this development will have a more serious effect on the situation. We can but hope. All i want is my privacy back!!!

 
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