The former auditor general of the Vatican, who resigned out of the blue in June, said this week he was forced out of the Vatican for coming too close to uncovering the truth.
“Let me be clear: I did not voluntarily resign. I was threatened with arrest,” Libero Milone said in an interview conducted with four media outlets including Italy’s Corriere della Sera daily.
Formerly of audit firm Deloitte & Touche, the well known Milone was hired by the Vatican with much fanfare in 2015. He had become extremely close with Pope Francis.
“I fear very sorry for the pope. I had a splendid, indescribable relationship with him, but over the last 18 months they stopped me from seeing him. Obviously they didn’t want me telling him about some of the things I’d seen,” he said.
A non-disclosure agreement prevents him from providing details, but Milone did note that his issues began when he hired an outside tech security firm to check if his computers were bugged.
While vatican officials had said he would be “completely independent” and allowed to search through any department he might wish, he was promptly accused of spying on the top Vatican brass.
“They accused me of having improperly looked for information on Vatican members. I found out they had been investigating me for seven months,” he added.
“I was only doing my job,” he claimed.
Speaking with four media outlets from his home in Rome, Milone said he believes the main purpose of his axing is to halt the Pope’s financial reform efforts.
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