NSA Spies on Pope

According to IBTimes, US secret services allegedly monitored the phone calls of Pope Benedict XVI, as well as those of his successor.

Italian magazine Panorama claims that among the 46 million phone calls intercepted by the NSA in December 2012 and January 2013 were communications to and from the Vatican.

The NSA allegedly eavesdropped on cardinals before the conclave in March 2013 to elect the new Pope, including calls between them and Cardinal Bergoglio, who became Pope Francis, succeeding Benedict.

“In any case, we have no concerns about the matter,” a Vatican spokesman told IBTimes UK.

According to the magazine — which is owned by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi — the calls had been classified by the NSA under four categories: “leadership intentions”; “threats to financial system”; “foreign policy objectives”; and “human rights”.

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