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Report: Pope Francis countered repeat of Vatileaks through USB flash drives

May 12, 2015

A leading Italian newspaper has reported that Pope Francis has countered the possibility of another Vatican leaks scandal by changing the method of transmission of confidential correspondence.

In 2012, papal butler Paolo Gabriele was convicted of stealing confidential Vatican documents that he had leaked to the press. Pope Benedict subsequently pardoned him.

Il Giornale reports that ten days after his March 2013 election, Pope Francis decided that confidential papal documents would no longer be transmitted by paper. Instead, confidential documents are reportedly uploaded onto special USB flash drives with papal insignia, then placed in an envelope signed by the Pope.

Papal secretaries deliver the envelopes by hand, and the recipients of the envelopes then become “solely responsible for all the content,” according to Il Giornale.

 


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