Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has made his geopolitical priorities clear, dropping by CIA headquarters for a clandestine chat on his first visit to the US before even meeting with President Donald Trump.
Bolsonaro’s visit was not published on his agenda and members of the press were barred at the door while the president and his justice minister, Sergio Moro, hobnobbed with the spooks at the agency’s Langley HQ.
For years alternative media speculated that judge Sérgio Moro had links to the CIA. After all he led the lawfare behind the soft-coup against Brazil's leftist gov
This was called a "conspiracy"
Now as justice minister, Moro is openly meeting with the CIAhttps://t.co/ZqA3bhKQvt
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) March 18, 2019
Moro, as Ben Norton pointed out on Twitter, led Operation Car Wash – the “money laundering investigation” that replaced former President Dilma Rousseff with the US-linked Michel Temer.
During the Snowden reporting, I was repeatedly told/warned that CIA's largest permanent presence is in Brazil (due to Cold War roots when CIA helped overthrow Brazil's democratically elected government & then propped up the resulting military regime). It's worse now: https://t.co/8TTnthrEeL
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 18, 2019
The National Security Agency had been wiretapping Rousseff for years, making it that much easy to replace her with a compliant patsy – whose weakness Bolsonaro could then use as a springboard for his own reactionary candidacy. As Glenn Greenwald pointed out, the right-wing government was no longer even trying to hide its allegiance to an agency that has thought nothing of overthrowing regimes it finds inconvenient in the past.
Praising the CIA as “one of the most respected intelligence agencies in the world,” Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo framed his father’s cozying up to the backers of the 1964 coup that pitched Brazil into two decades of military dictatorship as “an excellent opportunity to talk about international themes of the region.”'
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