Glenn Greenwald Accused By Brazilian Prosecutors In Hacking Probe

NPR.org | 1/21/2020 | Staff
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Journalist Glenn Greenwald, shown here during a press conference last July, has been accused by Brazilian federal prosecutors in a hacking probe.

Federal prosecutors in Brazil are accusing U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald of criminal association over his role in spreading hacked messages from Brazilian officials' phones that suggest collusion between a judge and prosecutors in the conviction and jailing of a former president.

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Greenwald published the allegations in the online publication The Intercept, which he co-founded, and The Intercept Brasil. He decried the accusation released Tuesday as an "obvious attempt to attack a free press in retaliation for the revelations we reported."

"We're going to defend a free press like we always have, we're not going to be intimidated by the Bolsonaro government," Greenwald stated, referring to Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

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As NPR's Philip Reeves reports from Rio de Janeiro, a judge will decide whether the case against Greenwald can move forward.

Prosecutors from the Federal Public Ministry accused Greenwald and six others in a criminal complaint. They say in a statement that Greenwald provided a hacker with advice about deleting messages that they downloaded and sent to him in order to make it more difficult for authorities to link them to the journalist.

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The prosecutors' statement says that it is legal for a journalist to publish information obtained illegally – but adds that Greenwald crossed a line by allegedly providing advice to a hacker on covering their tracks, which could hinder investigations.

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Greenwald says the accusation against him, criminal association, is "frivolous."

The prosecutors say they are petitioning a judge to remove an injunction that blocks them from moving forward with investigating Greenwald, who lives in Brazil. According to The Associated Press, Brazil's Supreme Court said last year that the state may not use "coercive...
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