fascinating reading, of a sort -- and not the first time a spy has been incarcerated in modern times..
In fact, Gabriele is not the first spy to be exposed there. In what is now an almost forgotten case, there was another raven who ironically worked for another pope who had chosen the pontifical name Benedict. Rudolf von Gerlach, the papal chamberlain, tried to thwart the policies of Benedict XV, who was intent on safeguarding the Church's neutrality during World War I.
In other words, being briefly detained in the Vatican's dungeon doesn't necessarily mean the end of one's career.
Translated from the German by Josh Ward