NSA spied on pope
Oh boy… now they’re in trouble.
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“Data-gate” is the name the Vatican has unofficially given to allegations breaking in Rome that the NSA intercepted telephone conversations of Pope Benedict XVI and of Pope Francis when he was still Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires.
The weekly news Italian news magazine Panorama disclosed the allegations are scheduled to be published as a lead article Thursday.
The magazine reports suspicions that among the Vatican telephone calls intercepted by the NSA were conversations March 12 involving bishops and cardinals participating in the papal conclave. The Catholic leaders were staying at the Domus Internationalis Paulus VI, the hotel residence established by the Vatican for visiting clergy, where Bergoglio resided prior to being selected as pope.
The NSA issued a statement insisting it “does not target the Vatican.”
“Assertions that NSA has targeted the Vatican, published in Italy’s Panorama magazine, are not true,” the agency said.