It turns out that the NSA was spying on all Vatican communications too, including those of pope Francis even before he became the pope and was just cardinal Jorge Bergoglio. The report is from an Italian newsmagazine and has not been confirmed but given all that we know about the NSA’s activities, it would not be at all surprising.
The [Italian] news magazine Panorama said the same NSA eavesdropping program that angered leaders in Germany, France, Spain and Mexico also listened in on calls to and from the Vatican, including the phones in the Santa Marta guesthouse that housed Bergoglio and the rest of the College of Cardinals.
Panorama, which said that Bergoglio had been identified as a “person of interest” by the NSA dating back to the 2005 conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI, said recorded communications from the Vatican were categorized in one of four sections: leadership, financial system threats, foreign policy objectives and human rights issues.
“It is feared that the great American ear tapped prelates’ conversations right up to the conclave,” Panorama said.
Since the NSA insists that it does this spying only against suspected terrorists, we have to assume that they fear that the Vatican is harboring some kind of terrorist cell and that Francis may be one of the plotters.
I wonder if he will be treated the same way that other suspected terrorists are treated if he should ever try to make a visit to the US. Maybe he will be interrogated at length at the border by the Customs and Border Protection agency people, strip searched, have all his papers and electronic equipment confiscated, and then turned away. The fact that he seems to dislike wealth and ostentation and urges concern for the poor also makes him somewhat suspicious, perhaps even a commie, no?
You cannot be too careful when fighting terrorism. These people are sneaky and in their determination to ruin ‘our way of life’, they may have groomed Francis from the time he was a young boy to become a sleeper agent.