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Three Investigated for Leaked Vatican Documents, Repubblica Says

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July 23 (Bloomberg) -- Vatican prosecutors are investigating three people including a housekeeper of Pope Benedict XVI and two prelates as part of a probe on confidential documents leaked to an Italian journalist, la Repubblica reported, without saying where it got the information.

The three may be accomplices of the pontiff’s butler Paolo Gabriele who was arrested on May 26 on suspicion of “aggravated theft,” the Rome-based newspaper said.

Gabriele was last week released from custody and placed under house arrest pending a decision on whether he will stand trial, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said in a July 21 statement.

A lawyer for Gabriele said he hadn’t been paid by anyone to remove documents from the Vatican, Ansa news agency reported.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lorenzo Totaro in Rome at ltotaro@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Craig Stirling at cstirling1@bloomberg.net

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