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'Vatileaks' witnesses noticed suspicious activity

April 29, 2016

In the latest session of the “Vatileaks II” trial, two Vatican employees testified that they had observed suspicious behavior in the office of Msgr. Angel Vallejo Balda, who has now admitted that he gave reporters access to confidential documents.

Paola Monaco and Paola Pellegrino both said that they had never seen Vatican documents stolen, but indicated that they were not surprised by the leaks. They said that they had observed an unusual amount of photocopying of documents, hushed private meetings, and secret passwords left in view on desks. They also told the Vatican tribunal that Msgr. Vallejo Balda had become increasingly aggressive and hostile, prompting a breakdown in normal office communications.

The two women said that they had written privately to Pope Francis to inform him about the unhealthy atmosphere in the office.


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