Prosecutor Accuses Glenn Greenwald of Hacking Car Wash Operation

Without investigation, complaint states that journalist guided the action of invaders


The Federal Public Prosecutor's Office in Brasilia yesterday accused Glenn Greenwald and six other people with involvement in the capture and dissemination of messages from Lava Jato officials.

The founder of the website The Intercept Brasil had not been investigated or indicted.

According to the Public Ministry, the Federal Police did not investigate the journalist due to the decision of Minister Gilmar Mendes, of the Supreme Court.

However, prosecutor Wellington Oliveira understood that Glenn instructed hackers to delete messages.

FILE PHOTO: Author and journalist Glenn Greenwald speaks during a meeting at Commission of Constitution and Justice in the Brazilian Federal Senate in Brasilia, Brazil July 11, 2019. - REUTERS

According to the prosecutor, audio on a seized computer demonstrated "clear conduct of auxiliary participation in the crime."

Justice will now assess whether or not to accept the charge.

According to the Panel, Gilmar Mendes saw in the complaint an insult to his decision.

Glenn and her lawyers described it as an attack on press freedom.

Throughout the day, the criticism was echoed by the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ), by the STF minister Marco Aurélio Mello and by press organizations.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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