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NSA says it does not ‘target the Vatican’

Catholic World News - October 31, 2013

A spokeswoman for the US National Security Agency (NSA) said that the agency does not “target the Vatican,” the Reuters news service reported.

“The National Security Agency does not target the Vatican,” said Vanee Vines. “Assertions that NSA has targeted the Vatican, published in Italy's Panorama magazine, are not true.”

The magazine reported that the NSA monitored the phone conversations of Vatican officials and that the monitoring included the conversations of cardinals who gathered in Rome in March for the conclave that elected Pope Francis.

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  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Oct. 31, 2013 7:39 PM ET USA

    The NSA was caught with their "hand in the cookie jar". You don't have to wonder why they are targeting France, Spain, Germany, Mexico, and now the Vatican. This is the same exact profile that Joe Stalin used against the Church. When General Keith Alexander, Director, was quizzed by Congress, he was all but crying. Someone better wake up. Naiveness is not synonymous with sanctity.

  • Posted by: FredC - Oct. 31, 2013 7:15 PM ET USA

    Why should we believe the NSA? The government lies so much these days. Even previous administrations would lie about "security" issues. I'll bet that the U.S. has spies in every country.

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