Nightly News | May 25, 2012
>> a new scandal is rocking the vatican tonight. it's making headlines around the world in the process. it involves secret documents , allegations of corruption, a bombshell new book, and today, the arrest of one of pope benedict 's most trusted aides, his own butler. our details from nbc's jim maceda.
>> pope benedict 's personal butler, paolo gabriele, always seetded up front in the popemobile, but today, he was arrested after police found hundreds of confidential documents in his house. he allegedly leaked the documents to the media, including investigative reporter geonluigi nutzi who unveiled a corruption. some small wheels in the vatican machine decided rightly or wrongly to make public important events, like palace plots, he said. they confirmed the butler was arrested and called the book and the leaks criminal and launched its own investigation. among the incriminating documents, letters to the pope from the archbishop revival a small netwalk of construction companies awarded vatican contracts at inflated prices. but the whistle blower was punished and against his wished, packed off to the u.s. where he's now the vatican ambassador in washington. other leak eed documents revealed vatican in fighting over financial transparency. on thursday, tudesky was fired at the vatican bank 's president.
>> he said he was ousted because he was the one who wanted transparency.
>> it's unclear if the pope's butler acted alone or was taking orders, but the alleged leaked by the man close stz to the pope may have lifted another veil on the secretive activity.