A Vatican court declared Thursday it had no jurisdiction to prosecute or convict two journalists for having published confidential information, ending an eight-month trial that drew scorn from media rights groups around the world.
CHR Comment: The leaks scandal ends with not too much scandal, at least not from a legal perspective.
Source: Vatican convicts 2 in leaks scandal; journalists cleared
The Vatican on Saturday ordered five people, including two Italian journalists, to stand trial for leaking and publishing secret documents, in the latest development in a leaks scandal which is rocking the papacy.
CHR Comment: The leaks involved financial information, which the reporters described as representing the values and interests of the Vatican, resulting in mismanagement, greed, and corruption. The leaked or stolen information was recently published in two books titled Avarice and Merchants in the Temple. The latter is available in English and is currently ranked as a best seller in Italian history.
Source: Vatican to try five, including reporters, over leaks scandal | Reuters#qgoX7TFPEl4pddRW.97
Arrests part of criminal investigations by Vatican police underway for several months.
CHR Comment: The article briefly refers to other leaks and describes the incident with Benedict XVI’s butler. There are apparently some books on Vatican finances coming out.
Source: Vatican arrests 2 accused of leaking documents
I wonder whether anyone has written a history of Vatican leaks, which seems to be an on-going problem. This story describes the most recent example.
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