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Pope’s Butler Paolo Gabriele Accuses 20 Whistleblowers At Heart Of ‘VatiLeaks’ Vatican Corruption Scandal
The man reportedly behind the “VatiLeaks” scandal of hundreds of leaked Catholic documents, has claimed that more than 20 whistleblowers were involved in the operation which attempted to prove corruption, power struggles and incompetence at the highest levels at the Holy See.
Paolo Gabriele, a former papal butler, will stand trial accused of stealing the documents and leaking them to major Italian newspapers – but it it is widely believed he has been a pawn in a wider conspiracy inside the tiny nation.
He told investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, for Italy’s La7 TV: “The people, who like me, want to help bring some transparency number at least 20.”
Investigators found documents in his quarters including reports on the Vatican’s tax affairs, and a document which suggested that Pope Benedict’s new ambassador in Washington was himself a whistleblower.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano was removed in October as the second-in-command administrator of the Vatican, and sent to the US. Although a prestigious role, it took him far from the Catholic seat of power.
Only one other person has been arrested so far in the VatiLeaks case – computer expert Claudio Sciarpelletti.
Gabriele has previously claimed he was acting out of love for the church, but said in the interview that people were afraid to speak out from inside the city walls: “Ours is a state where you can get in, kill and leave undisturbed, and after 24 hours no one can say what happened.” [more]