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Politicians outraged at 'Italian Watergate'

October 12, 1996
Web posted at: 1:30 p.m. EDT (1730 GMT)

ROME (CNN) -- Leaders across the political spectrum expressed outrage Saturday at what is being called "Italy's Watergate."

Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced Friday he had found a bugging device hidden in his office. Berlusconi, head of the center-right opposition bloc, said a small radio microphone was discovered behind his desk.

Italian law enforcement officials have used high-tech bugging devices in a number of recent corruption investigations. Berlusconi, who is standing trial for alleged bribes paid by his business empire, said his lawyers told him such devices were not allowed to be used against parliamentarians.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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