NSA denies spying on the Vatican

The National Security Agency, responsible for electronic eavesdropping for the US, has been forced to deny reports that it spied on the Vatican, and released a statement saying an Italian media report that it had done so was "not true."

The National Security Agency said it did not target the Vatican. Credit: Reuters

In a statement, the NSA said:

"TheNational Security Agency does not target the Vatican. Assertions that NSA hastargeted the Vatican, published in Italy's Panorama magazine, are not true."

The Holy See said it had no knowledge of any such activity.

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