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The Scandal Swallowing the Bolsonaro Presidency Just Drove an LGBT Congressman to Flee Brazil
New York, NY – January 25, 2019 – The Intercept has published a video explainer by award-winning journalist and Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald focused on the investigation and ensuing scandal that has engulfed the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil.
At the center of this evolving story is Flávio Bolsonaro, President Bolsonaro’s eldest son and a recently elected Federal Senator; he was also a member of the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro since 2003. According to Greenwald, “the scandal began with the discovery of highly suspicious payments into and out of the account of Flavio’s driver, a former police officer and long-time friend of President Bolsonaro’s.”
This past week, the investigation into Flávio Bolsonaro’s driver – and his financial dealings – took a more serious turn: “Rio de Janeiro police arrested five members of Brazil’s most dangerous militia: one linked to the 2018 assassination of City Councilwoman Marielle Franco of the left-wing PSOL party.” As it turned out, Flávio Bolsonaro ”kept the mother and the daughter of the militia chief on his payroll for the last ten years.”
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About Glenn Greenwald:
Glenn Greenwald is one of three co-founding editors of The Intercept. He is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times best-selling books on politics and law. His most recent book, “No Place to Hide,” is about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world. Prior to co-founding The Intercept, Glenn’s column was featured in the Guardian and Salon.
He was the debut winner, along with Amy Goodman, of the Park Center I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism in 2008, and also received the 2010 Online Journalism Award for his investigative work on the abusive detention conditions of Chelsea Manning. For his 2013 NSA reporting, he received the George Polk Award for National Security Reporting; the Gannett Foundation Award for investigative journalism and the Gannett Foundation Watchdog Journalism Award; the Esso Premio for Excellence in Investigative Reporting in Brazil (he was the first non-Brazilian to win), and the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award. Along with Laura Poitras, Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013. The NSA reporting he led for the Guardian was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service.
About The Intercept:
The Intercept is an award-winning nonprofit news organization dedicated to holding the powerful accountable through fearless, adversarial journalism. Its in-depth investigations and unflinching analysis focus on surveillance, war, corruption, the environment, technology, criminal justice, the media and more.