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Vatican denies cardinal suspected in leak probe

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Vatican denies cardinal suspected in leak probe


The Vatican has denied Italian press reports that a cardinal is being suspected of leaking confidential documents to the media.

The documents, which have been splashed across Italian newspapers, have shed light on secrets such as the Church’s tax problems and child sex scandals.

But Federico Lombardi, the spokesman for Pope Benedict XVI, denied any cardinal was running a whistleblowing operation.

“There may be searches carried out and cardinals questioned, but this does not mean there is another person under investigation,” he said.

The so-called VatiLeaks scandal has rocked the Roman Catholic Church since the pontiff’s personal butler was arrested last week.

Paolo Gabriele was one of a select few who had access to the pope’s private quarters.

Secret papers were found at the 46-year-old’s home.

Gabriele was known to Vatican insiders as a simple man with a strong sense of devotion to the Pope.

That has led many to question whether someone more senior organised the leak, making the butler believe he would be helping Benedict.

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