Brazilian Judge Rejects Complaint against Glenn Greenwald

Prosecutors accused the founder of The Intercept Brasil of being involved in hacking authorities


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.

FILE PHOTO: Author and journalist Glenn Greenwald speaks to the audience at Brazilian Press Association in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil July 30, 2019. Picture taken on July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Landau/File Photo ORG XMIT: FW1 - REUTERS

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

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