two Italian newspapers reported that the Vatican will fail an upcoming transparency test by European anti-money-laundering experts while a third claimed the Vatican will pass. While such conflicting accounts are hardly new, the twist is that all three stories contained virtually identical information.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Same Data, Different Results?
A version of that appeared in the Italian press. Specifically:
John L. Allen Jr. explained, “The difference wasn’t the data, but the spin.” In his All Things Catholic post today, Mr. Allen explains that Moneyval is the “anti-money-laundering experts;” reminds that the Vatican asked for the “evaluation;” and that its “willingness to court outside scrutiny is something of a novelty.”