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US 'spied on future Pope Francis during Vatican conclave'
The National Security Agency spied on the future Pope Francis before and during the Vatican conclave at which he was chosen to succeed Benedict XVI, it was claimed on Wednesday.
The American spy agency monitored telephone calls made to and from the residence in Rome where the then Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio stayed during the conclave, the secret election at which cardinals chose him as pontiff on March 13.
The claims were made by Panorama, an Italian weekly news magazine, which said that the NSA monitored the telephone calls of many bishops and cardinals at the Vatican in the lead-up to the conclave, which was held amid tight security in the Sistine Chapel....
If I were going to rationally spy on the goings on in this world I would chose Angela merkel - I would want to be sure that in private she was not a racist bully. I would want to spy on Hollande and make sure he was not abusing my friendship just to manipulate a situation in order to make money out of me. I would spy on the pope every time - the motive and national spirit behind the Vatican would be a huge interest...I think in this modern day world friends are more dangerous than enemies. I would personally be more likely to spy on my friends than my enemies if I were in the spying business.