The Assassination Bureau

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Just in time for the natural death of John Paul II, newly released Stasi files are refueling the theory that the KGB was behind the attempted assassination of the pope in 1981.

Meanwhile, the would-be assassin is now claiming that figures within the Vatican played a role in the conspiracy. He isn't the most reliable witness, though: He has declared several times that the Lord Himself told him to kill the pontiff, and his latest testimony is not free of discrepancies. The AP reports:

"Without the help of priests and cardinals, I would have not been able to carry out that action," Agca was quoted as saying in an interview Thursday with the Italian daily La Repubblica. "The devil is within the Vatican."

But in an apparently contradictory remark, Agca also said in the interview that on that morning "nobody in the world knew of my attempt."

Italy plans to reopen its inquiry into the shooting.

NEXT: John Paul II, RIP

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  1. Where was Gary Gunnels at the time of this attempted assassination?

  2. Are you trying to say the Lord Himself isn’t inside the Vatican????!!!!

  3. JPII,

    I think he has an alibi…he was at Le Cage Aux Folles with Jean Bart… 😉

  4. heh… heh heh…

    this thread title has “ass” in it twice. heh heh

  5. JPII,

    In 1981 I was living in Bhutan I think. 🙂

    crimethink,

    I perfer the Le Procope and the Lido. Anyway, Le Cage Aux Folles is a movie, not a place (as far as I know).

  6. Gary, you could have been at a perfomance of Le Cage, I guess. You’d have to be in beautiful Milwaukee to visit a bar with that name.

    Kevin

  7. kevrob,

    Well, I was in Bhutan at the time. 🙂

  8. Jesse Walker,

    Well, if the plot had succeeded, he wouldn’t be the first Pope assasinated by Vatican foes. Also, as I recall, many of the Italian cardinals, etc. in the early part of John Paul’s reign were ticked off that Italy had lost the papacy. The plot thickens! 🙂

    (Do not take this as a serious to justify the claim.)

  9. The pope didn’t die a natural death. Like Arafat, he was killed by the JE….

    (its a secret, don’t tell anyone)

  10. Also, as I recall, many of the Italian cardinals, etc. in the early part of John Paul’s reign were ticked off that Italy had lost the papacy.

    Then why did they bump off his predecessor?

    Everybody knows The Smoke of Satan entered the Vatican in Paul VI’s papacy. He (or the impostor who reigned in his place) said so himself.

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