Vatican: Bertone comments on 'VatiLeaks' scandal
Leaked documents not trustworthy, says Secretary of State29 February, 16:06
Vatican insiders have said the leaks likely stem from a clash of cardinals in the Curia, which the Vatican denies. The first leaks were broadcast on Italian TV station La7 on January 25 when presenters on the investigative program Gli Intoccabili (The Untouchables) cited a letter from a former Church official accusing members of the Vatican's Finance and Management Committee of serving their own greed.
"The group is composed of some large bankers who do more to serve their own interests than ours," said Bishop Carlo Maria Vigano', ex-secretary general of the committee, in a letter to the pope.
The letter cites an instance in 2009 in which members allegedly improperly processed $2.5 million.
The Vatican threatened to sue over the broadcast. E-mails and other documents from Vatican officials followed, including a report that appeared in political daily Il Fatto Quotidiano about a plot to assassinate the pope before the end of 2012, and another on La7 accusing the Church of not cooperating with investigators in the 1982 fraudulent bankruptcy of Banco Ambrosiano.
Then Italy's largest bank, Banco Ambrosiano was run by Roberto 'God's Banker' Calvi, whose body was found hanging under London's Blackfriars Bridge that year.
Italian prosecutors say Calvi was killed for failing to repay Mafia money and his murder was staged to make it look like suicide.