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Papal Butler Detained in Vatileaks

Papal butler Paolo Gabriele has been detained as one source of the VatiLeaks flow of documents, Daily Beast reporter Barbie Latza Nadeau has learned. “The inquiry carried out by Vatican police … allowed them to identify someone in possession of confidential documents,” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told reporters Friday. Lombardi confirmed that the person being questioned was Gabriele, and that he had been under surveillance for weeks. Lombardi told Ansa, an Italian news service, that the butler has been found “in illegal possession of confidential documents.” The Vatican’s maintains a judicial system separate from Italy’s.

May 25, 2012 10:48 AM