October 31, 2013
It appears even the National Security Agency has its limits when it comes to spying.
The NSA is refuting a report in an Italian news magazine that accuses the agency of spying on the Vatican.
“The National Security Agency does not target the Vatican,” NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines said a statement e-mailed to the media. “Assertions that NSA has targeted the Vatican, published in Italy’s Panorama magazine, are not true.”
Panorama reported in its Oct. 30 edition that the NSA spied on cardinals during the process of selecting a new pope, according to Religion News Service. The agency also listened in on calls to and from the Vatican, as well as those from the Santa Marta guesthouse that housed Bergoglio and the College of Cardinals, according to the report. The article said the NSA may even have listened in on Pope Jorge Bergoglio, although he was still a cardinal at the time.
“It is feared that the great American ear tapped prelates’ conversations right up to the conclave,” Panorama wrote.
The Vatican has had little to say on the matter, however.
“We have heard nothing of this and are not worried,” a Vatican representative told Religion News Service.