Rome ‘may have ordered phone taps’1 March 2013
The Vatican press office yesterday denied reports that a "massive" surveillance operation was conducted as part of the investigation into the VatiLeaks scandal, but said some phone-tapping may have been authorised.
Asked about a report in Italy's Panorama magazine about covert surveillance of Vatican employees, Fr Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See press office, said there was "no foundation" for the article.
However another press spokesman, Fr Thomas Rosica, said that if any phone-tapping had taken place it would have been "a very small process" and it would have been authorised by the Vatican magistrates investigating the leaks of confidential papal documents.
They told reporters that the three cardinals who conducted a separate investigation for Pope Benedict XVI would not have authorised such surveillance.
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