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Holy See toughens up security measures in wake of Vatileaks

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Pope Benedict XVI in CubaThe Holy See has decided to toughen up its security measures in the wake of the Vatileaks scandal that revealed the power struggles in the small country run by Pope Benedict XVI. As The Telegraph points out, new security measures will be implemented at the start of next year including a “microchip-tracking device.” The man in charge of implementing restricting access to the Vatican’s archives is a Slovenian priest called Mitja Leskovar, whose nickname is ‘Monsignor 007.’

The Telegraph reports:

Leskovar, who grew up in the former Yugoslavia under Communism, is responsible for the transmission of confidential documents between the Vatican and its papal nuncios or diplomats inside the Secretariat of State and also supervises all requests for document photocopying within the secretariat.

Pope Benedict decided to crack down on security after it emerged that his butler was passing secret information to an Italian journalist. Pope Benedict’s former butler Paolo Gabriele was convicted in November of stealing secret papers from the pontiff’s desk. According to reports in the Italian press, the new butler Sandro Mariotti is banned from “any secretarial task” and cannot enter the offices of the pope’s personal secretaries. 

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