VATICAN CITY (AFP) - The Vatican hit back Saturday after cables released by WikiLeaks indicated it had refused to cooperate with an Irish probe into child sex abuse by Catholic priests in Dublin. The Vatican press office expressed scepticism at the reliability of the reports in a statement that referred to the extreme seriousness of publishing such a large amount of secret and confidential material, and its possible consequences. Naturally these reports reflect the perceptions and opinions of the people who wrote them and cannot be considered as expressions of the Holy See itself, nor as exact quotations of the words of its officials, it said. Their reliability must, then, be evaluated carefully and with great prudence, bearing this circumstance in mind. A cable from the US embassy in Rome, carried by The Guardian, had said requests for information by Irelands Murphy Commission offended many in the Vatican... because they saw them as an affront to Vatican sovereignty.