According to an NY Times article
phone encryption technology is becoming popular in Italy because of
many recent incidents of conversations being published.  Sometimes, a
wiretap is being leaked; other times, it seems to be private behavior:

        What has spurred encryption sales is not so much the legal
        wiretapping authorized by Italian magistrates--though
        information about those calls is also frequently leaked to the
        press--but the widespread availability of wiretapping
        technology over the Internet, which has created a growing pool
        of amateur eavesdroppers. Those snoops have a ready market in
        the Italian media for filched celebrity conversations.

                --Steve Bellovin,

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