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Vatican ‘not concerned’ if US monitored its calls

By on Thursday, 31 October 2013

There are suspicions that the NSA was monitoring calls during the papal conclave

There are suspicions that the NSA was monitoring calls during the papal conclave

The Vatican has said that they are not concerned if the U.S National Security Agency are monitoring its calls.

The Vatican said that it had no evidence its calls were monitored by the U.S. National Security Agency and, even if they were, “we have no concerns about it,” the Vatican spokesman said.

Asked about the possibility that the NSA’s electronic eavesdropping programme had monitored Vatican calls, Jesuit Fr Federico Lombardi told reporters yesterday: “We have no evidence of this.”

The spokesman made his comments after the Italian newsweekly Panorama announced that its latest issue would include a report that phone calls to and from the Vatican were among the 46 million calls in Italy allegedly monitored between Dec 10, 2012, and Jan 8 2013.

The magazine said it also is possible the eavesdropping continued for months and included calls made on the eve of the conclave that elected Pope Francis in March.

The story was prepared in the midst of growing European coverage and anger over the NSA’s alleged call-monitoring programme.