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Vatican caution on Wikileaks accuracy

December 13, 2010

The Vatican press office has cautioned against relying on the accuracy of reports made public by Wikileaks regarding the policies of the Holy See.

The Vatican statement, released December 11, noted that some of the US State Department documents leaked to Wikileaks concerned reports from or about the Vatican. The Vatican press office observed:

Naturally these reports reflect the perceptions and opinions of the people who wrote them and cannot be considered as expressions of the Holy See itself, nor as exact quotations of the words of its officials. Their reliability must, then, be evaluated carefully and with great prudence, bearing this circumstance in mind.

The Vatican press office made this comment after noting the "extreme seriousness of publishing such a large amount of secret and confidential material, and its possible consequences."


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