URGENT-U.S. security agency denies reports it targeted Vatican

Reuters

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - The National Security Agency,responsible for U.S. electronic eavesdropping, said on Wednesdaythat it does not target the Vatican, and called an Italian mediareport that it had done so "not true."

"The National Security Agency does not target the Vatican.Assertions that NSA has targeted the Vatican, published inItaly's Panorama magazine, are not true," agency spokeswomanVanee Vines said in a statement.

Panorama magazine said on Wednesday that the NSA hadeavesdropped on Vatican phone calls, possibly including whenformer Pope Benedict's successor was under discussion. The HolySee said it had no knowledge of any such activity.

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