What is Vatileaks? Where is Emilianoittipaldi today? Refresh

Netflix’s ‘Vatican Girl: The Disappearance of Emanuela Orland’ is a true crime documentary that looks at the mysterious disappearance of fifteen-year-old Orland. During the investigation, several theories about his fate emerge. rom the involvement of the Italian mafia to a conspiracy concocted by the Russians, all kinds of angles appear in the case of a seemingly normal teenager. The most interesting thing about all these theories is that no matter how you look at the Vatican, it continues to be at the center of it. Vatileaks is one of the other controversies that rocked the Catholic institution discussed in the documentary. What is it, how is Emilianoittipaldi connected to it and where is he now? Let’s find out.

What is Vatileaks?

Vatileaks, or the Vatican Leak Scandal, came into the limelight in 2012 and involved the leaking of sensitive documents that exposed the widespread corruption of the Vatican. The leaked information includes confidential letters, memos and financial details highlighting “corruption and abuse of power”. It began with the broadcast of a program called The Untouchables, followed by the publication of Gianluigi Nuzzi’s His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI. As the situation escalated, leaked documents revealed intense power struggles within the Vatican, including a plot against Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarchizio Bertone, a fight over control of the Vatican bank, and schemes to extract more profits. control over the selection for the next pope.

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Later, Pope Benedict XVI’s butler Paolo Gabriele admitted that he had stolen the classified documents and given them to Nuzzi. After his arrest, hundreds of photocopied documents were found in his apartment. He was put in prison for two months and then released under house arrest. In addition, Nuzzi, who also wrote “The Merchants in the Temple”, and four others were tried in the Vatican court. Emilianoittipaldi’s 2015 book Avarizia, about the Vatican’s financial scandal, landed him in the middle of the Vatileaks controversy.

Francesca Chaouqui, public relations specialist and former member of the Pontifical Commission on the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See; Monsignor Lucio Vallejo Balda, Secretary of the Prefecture for Economic Affairs of the Holy See; and his personal assistant, Nicola Maio, were also prosecuted. The Vatican has accused them of forming an “organized criminal association” and “committing a series of illegal acts to disseminate news and documents concerning the main interests of the Holy See and the (Vatican City) state.”

In October 2012, Gabriele, accused he was sentenced to eighteen months in prison for theft and disclosure of secret documents, but was later pardoned by the Pope. Although he was presented as the sole person responsible for the leaks, there were other people involved and they were saved by handing over the butler as a scapegoat. In July 2016, it was in Chaouqui and Balda found guilty and received 10 months of probation and 18 months of imprisonment, respectively. Maio,ittipaldi and Nuzzi were acquitted. Nuzzi andittipaldi were cleared on the grounds that they were not Vatican officials, so the court had no jurisdiction over them.

Where is Emilianoittipaldi now?

Originally from Naples, Emilianoittipaldi lives in Rome. A graduate of theederico II University of Naples, he received a Master’s degree in Journalism from the LUISS Business School. In 2007, he started working as a journalist at L’Espresso. In 2020, he left his job to start Domani, where he served as deputy director. He is the winner of the Ischia Award for Press and New Media Section, the Sodalitas Award and the Gaspare Barbiellini Amidei Award.

In addition to Avarizia, he wrote Lussuria, which focuses on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, and Gli impostori, which deals with the case of Emanuela Orlandi and the documents linking her to the Vatican. These documents list the expenses incurred by the Vatican in Orlando, such as lodging and meals. According toittipaldi, documents reveals a total of 500 million lira spent to keep the circumstances of the teenage girl a secret. This put him further at odds with the Vatican, particularly after the Vatileaks trial, which he felt “should never have happened”. Although his work may bring him into trouble with those in power,ittipaldi is dedicated to uncovering stories and exposing institutions that abuse their power and position.

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