Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope wants to clean Vatican, says accused Vatileaks butler

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(ANSA) - Vatican City, September 3 - Pope Benedict XVI is
facing difficulties cleaning up affairs in the Vatican, says the
man accused of stealing secret papal documents to leak to the
press.
In an interview with television channel LA7 to be broadcast
Monday night, former butler Paolo Gabriele says that neither he
nor the pope are alone in wanting Vatican City improved.
"The Pope wants to clean up, but is having difficulties,"
Gabriele, who has been charged with aggravated theft, said.
There are at least 20 people "who, like me, want to
contribute to transparency," said Gabriele.
The Vatican has denied suggestions that a further 20 people
are under investigation in the case known as Vatileaks.
An initial probe has already led to the indictment of
Gabriele and of IT expert Claudio Sciarpelletti for aiding and
abetting.
The second phase of investigations has still not been
formally opened but sources have said that at least 20 more
people are suspected of having played a role in leaking the
confidential papers, which included letters to the Pope and
Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone from the Holy See's
ambassador in Washington, Carlo Maria Vigano, who was deputy
governor of the Vatican City at the time they were written.
The letters contained allegations of corruption in the
management of the Vatican City.
Parts of the Gabriele interview have already been aired on
the television station, which didn't disclose his identity at
the time.
Gabriele said a breach has widened in the Vatican between
reformers and those who favour the status quo, creating an
atmosphere where people may be afraid to speak out.
"Ours is a state (Vatican City) where you can get in, kill
and leave undisturbed, and after 24 hours no one can say what
happened," said Gabriele.

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