(ANSA) - Rome, March 7 - An anonymous report of a group of
over 20 moles planning to leak more information from inside the
Vatican was circulating in Italian media on Thursday.
"There are many, more than 20 people, all tied to the Holy
See. We're made up of men and women, laypeople and prelates," an
anonymous, self-proclaimed former mole said, according to an
interview in Italian daily La Repubblica.
Anonymous and unsourced reports from alleged insiders at
the Vatican have been surfacing in Italian media in the weeks
following the announcement of Benedict XVI's resignation on
Many outlets have speculated that one motive for Benedict's
abdication was the so-called Vatileaks case last year, when the
pope's butler was arrested and eventually pardoned for leaking
secret Church documents to the Italian press.
"The butler isn't the only mole," the anonymous source said
in the interview. "If we leaked documents from the pope's
apartment, it was to create more transparency in the Church.
Now, after Benedict XVI's resignation from the papacy, and on
the verge of the conclave, the Vatileaks case will continue to
take the spotlight. And for us, the moment has returned for us
On Thursday, the last of the cardinal elector was expected
to arrive in Rome, at which point they could choose a date for
the conclave to name a new pope.
(photo: archive picture of Benedict XVI and then butler Paolo