Pope's Butler to Cooperate in 'VatiLeaks' Probe

'Will collaborate with investigators to ascertain the truth,' says lawyer
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 29, 2012 2:38 AM CDT
Pope Benedict XVI is seen in 2008 with his butler, Paolo Gabriele, who was allegedly found with confidential Vatican documents.   (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

(Newser) – The butler allegedly did it, and now he's ready to cooperate with police. Pope Benedict's butler Paolo Gabriele has agreed to assist in the investigation into leaks of Vatican documents after officials reportedly found confidential files in his home, according to law enforcement authorities. Gabriele's lawyer said his client would "respond to all the questions, and will collaborate with investigators to ascertain the truth."

Vatican observers believe some top church officials may now be quaking in their cloaks and desperately hoping that Gabriele won't blow the whistle on them, reports the Guardian. Italian media are speculating that a cardinal is involved in leaking financial information often embarrassing to the Vatican—something church officials vehemently deny. Gabriele was arrested on Wednesday and remains in custody in a Vatican detention facility, notes the AP. (Read more Vatican stories.)

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