Silvio Berlusconi wiretap victory in confidence vote
Wiretapping is a widespread practice in Italy. Just this week it emerged that both Pope Benedict XVI and Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, had been inadvertently taped by Italian investigators.
They were recorded during telephone conversations with the head of Italy’s civil protection agency, Guido Bertolaso, who was being wire-tapped as part of an investigation into allegations of corruption over the awarding of contracts for the building of a venue for last year’s G8 conference.
The prime minister has insisted that police have been allowed to carry out far too many wiretaps. He has claimed that the leaking of transcripts to the media could destroy the reputation of public figures before a case had even come to trial.
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