May 30, 2012. (Romereports.com)
It seems almost everyone at the Vatican is discussing the leak of secret documents. As more time passes since the initial arrest of the pope's butler, it's still not clear how much he actually knows and whether he was acting alone. But exactly who's who in this Vatileak case?
The person who has been most damaged by the release of these documents
is Benedict XVI. Several newspapers and a even book released several of
his private letters and reports he signed off on.
The other person that seemed to be a target is the Vatican's Secretary
of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. He serves as the closest
collaborator of Benedict XVI and is criticized in a number of the
documents. Many believe the letters were meant as a way to discredit
The third protagonist is Georg Gänswein, the personal secretary and
shadow of Benedict XVI. He is being continuously updated as the
investigation continues. He was the one to inform the pope of the
So far, Paolo Gabriele is the only one being held in this case. He has
been charged with aggravated robbery and he has agreed to cooperate.
In charge of the investigation is the commission of three cardinals that
was created by the Pope on April 24. They were charged with finding the
source of these leaks from some of the most protected walls in the
Heading the commission is the Spanish Cardinal Julián Herranz, who was
prefect of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts from 1994 to
Working with him Cardinal Josef Tomko from Slovakia and the Italian
Cardinal Salvatore De Giorgi. All three men are trusted by the pope and
have unlimited access inside the Vatican.
Then there's Domenico Giani and his 100 officers of the Vatican police
force who helped to investigate this crime. Giani is the main point of
security for the pope and all his movements.
This case may end up in the Court of Vatican City, located behind St.
Peter's Basilica. The judge in the case would be the Italian Piero
Antonio Bonnet and the prosecutor would be Nicola Picardi.