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Vatileaks main accused: I felt strongly pressured, I did things that made me feel ashamed

2016-03-14

The "Vatileaks 2" process enters the main phase, interrogation of the main accused.

In today's session, Monsignor Vallejo Balda has been questioned by the prosecutor and his own counsel.

He explained why he felt pressured by the other accused, Francesca Chaouqui to the point of giving classified documents to journalists; and he has revealed that he did not give some of the published documents.

PRESSURES
Monsignor Vallejo Balda confirms that when the Vatican Commission concluded its work, he felt pressured by a disappointed Francesca Chaouqui, who had left her job to work on the commission, thinking that she would have a new job in the Holy See.

He was scared mostly because she had access to confidential information and had hinted that she was the number-two of the Italian secret service.

The most severe statement came from her in December 2014: "Here we have to seek help, and the only possible way is with the mafia.”

DOCUMENTS
He also ensures that journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi has published previous versions of the documents he gave him, proving that someone had already leaked the documents to the journalist.

We have known some new data from this intricate saga. For example, Francesca's husband was the computer consultant who installed the security measures to protect information.

The process will continue tomorrow.

The court expects to complete the interrogation of the accused on Tuesday, March 22nd.