A judge rejected the Federal Public Ministry complaint against the founder of The Intercept Brasil, Glenn Greenwald. Federal prosecutors accused Greenwald of helping to hack the messages of Minister of Justice, Sergio Moro, and Car Wash operation attorney Deltan Dallagnol.
Judge Ricardo Augusto Soares Leite's decision is valid until the dispute over Supreme Court Justice'sGilmar Mendes preliminary injunction (provisional decision) is resolved.
In August last year, Gilmar forbade "public authorities and their administrative or criminal investigative bodies" from "performing acts aimed at holding Glenn" accountable for receiving, obtaining, or transmitting information published in media outlets, under protection constitutional secrecy of the journalistic source."
With Leite's decision, Glenn temporarily escapes prosecution on the case. At the time, he had said that the complaint was "an obvious attempt to attack the free press in retaliation for the revelations we reported about Minister Moro and the Bolsonaro government.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon