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US 'eavesdropped on Vatican in run-up to conclave'
AFP ^ | October 30, 2013

Posted on 10/30/2013 10:00:03 AM PDT by onyx

Edited on 10/30/2013 10:10:14 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Rome — US secret services allegedly eavesdropped on cardinals before the conclave in March to elect a new pope, Italian weekly magazine Panorama claimed Wednesday.

"The National Security Agency wiretapped the pope," the magazine said, accusing the United States of listening in to telephone calls to and from the Vatican, including the accommodation housing cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio before he was elected Pope Francis.

The allegations follow a report on surveillance website Cryptome which said the United States intercepted 46 million telephone calls in Italy in December 2012 and early January 2013.

Among those, "there are apparently also calls from and to the Vatican," Panorama said.

"It is feared that the great American ear continued to tap prelates' conversations up to the eve of the conclave," it said, adding that there were "suspicions that the conversations of the future pope may have been monitored".

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KEYWORDS: newpope; nsa; nsaspiedonvatican; obama; prism; privacy; secrecy; spies; spooks; spy; spying; vatican; vaticanunaware; wiretap
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1 posted on 10/30/2013 10:00:04 AM PDT by onyx
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To: onyx

Not surprised.


2 posted on 10/30/2013 10:02:10 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: onyx

Awesome!


3 posted on 10/30/2013 10:02:32 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: onyx
That ain't going to go over well with *The Big Guy*..........Just a thought :)
4 posted on 10/30/2013 10:02:40 AM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: onyx

I bet they eaves drop on the makers of popular TV shows to find out who’s going to die.


6 posted on 10/30/2013 10:04:17 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: onyx

Oh, well this makes sense because tacking guys who wear silk robes and red slippers IS A MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY!!!!!!!!

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7 posted on 10/30/2013 10:04:30 AM PDT by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: onyx

If you recall, there was a collection of all electronic devices, prior to the conclave.

They would have to have held a glass to the door.....


8 posted on 10/30/2013 10:04:57 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: onyx
Maybe those listening found God and learned to pray instead of preying on others.
Meanwhile Obamacare has many praying for relief.
9 posted on 10/30/2013 10:05:09 AM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: onyx

Not surprised.

Then again the pope is also a head of state (the vatican) and his cardinals are also vatican government representatives.


10 posted on 10/30/2013 10:05:34 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: onyx

Did they have a “bug” in the Sistine Chapel?


11 posted on 10/30/2013 10:05:40 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: The Cajun

Marxist Muslim, all the way.


12 posted on 10/30/2013 10:05:43 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: G Larry

land lines.

lasers on windows.

easy peasy.


13 posted on 10/30/2013 10:06:27 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: onyx

Piece of cake. I saw Tom Cruise do it.


14 posted on 10/30/2013 10:06:30 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: onyx

Well, we do have to track all terrorists don’t we?


15 posted on 10/30/2013 10:06:45 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: onyx

Spy on the Pope... Why not?

The U.S. Government and it’s spy agencies have no problem spying on law abiding American citizens, bugging their cell phones, hacking their land lines, monitoring their emails, seizing their records, targeting specific individuals, groups and bugging the phones of our allies?

what’s up...


16 posted on 10/30/2013 10:07:49 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: what's up

Spy on the Pope... Why not?

what’s up??


17 posted on 10/30/2013 10:08:48 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: G Larry

A laser beam aimed a wind pane would pick up the vibrations of the glass from far away...................


18 posted on 10/30/2013 10:08:51 AM PDT by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: onyx

Just a thought. It brings new meaning to the new pope not wanting to change his residence.


19 posted on 10/30/2013 10:09:06 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: onyx

Did any of the eavesdroppers place bets in the London book on who the Pope would be? Would it be insider trading if they did?


20 posted on 10/30/2013 10:10:21 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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