Nov 12, 2012

Vatileaks scandal ends with a slap and a whimper

Despite two convictions, the leaks scandal that enveloped the Vatican ended the way it began: shrouded in mystery, writes Josephine McKenna, an Australian freelance journalist in Vatican City.

The Vatileaks scandal, which gave us voyeuristic peek inside the fierce power plays and alleged corruption inside the Vatican when it exploded early this year, ended with a whimper at the weekend. And despite two convictions the case closed pretty much as it began — shrouded in mystery.

On Saturday a Vatican court convicted Claudio Sciarpelletti, a 48-year-old computer programmer, for helping the Pope’s former butler Paolo Gabriele leak confidential papers to an Italian journalist.

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