Moro and Lava Jato Tried to Interfere in Venezuela's Internal Affairs

New leaks published by Brazilian media show that former Judge Sergio Moro instructed the prosecutors involved in Operation Lava Jato to reveal information (under summary secrecy) on the company Odebrecht about corruption in Venezuela.

The messages, published on the website The Intercept and analyzed by the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo and the webpage reveal that Lava Jato members mobilized to interfere in Venezuela's domestic policy by exposing information, after being instructed by Moro, who is the incumbent Minister of Justice in the Jair Bolsonaro administration, on Augusto 2017.

According to the report, the intention of disclosing secret information against the legitimate administration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, which is not the role of the Federal Public Ministry, would take place at a very sensitive time.

In July 2017, the United States threatened Maduro with new sanctions and at the time, Brazil still had normal relations with Venezuela.

According to other journalistic sources, the non-authorized revelation of confidential information by Brazilian prosecutors might theoretically characterize the crime established in Article 325 of the Penal Code, which punishes public agents with prison sentences of up to two years for 'revealing the facts that they are dealing with and that must kept secret, or facilitating their revelation'.

'Perhaps it is time to publicize Odebrecht's information about bribes in Venezuela,' former Judge Moro said at the time.

In response, Prosecutor and Lava Jato Coordinator Deltan Dallagnoll said, 'I agree. There are some limitations in the agreement so we have to see how we do it. Even more, I think it is time to file charges here for international money laundering against those responsible there if there is evidence'.

As Moro and Dallagnol articulated the charges against Venezuela, the members of the Lava Jato working team expressed concern about the risks.

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Brazil: Moro Testifies to Senate to Discredit Intercept Exposé

Former judge argues messages leaked by investigative journalists are illegal and should not be taken into account.

Brazil's Justice and Public Security Minister Sergio Moro testified Wednesday in front of the Senate in Brasilia to try to discredit information revealed by The Intercept that shows the former federal judge advised prosecutors and illegally interfered in the case against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

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"Obviously I have nothing to hide. The idea was to come here to clarify about sensationalism being created about this news," Moro said at the beginning of his appearance before the Senate Wednesday morning. Moro did not categorically deny authenticity of the information leaked to The Intercept, but argued it could have been altered.

On June 9, The Intercept disclosed private telegram conversations between Judge Moro and Deltan Dallagnol, the main state prosecutor of the Car Wash corruption scandal showing that the two colluded to convict Lula on bribery charges. Moro later had the Workers' Party leader thrown in jail without due process in April 2018.

The evidence against Moro, released in a three-part series by The Intercept, showed Moro went to great lengths to prevent imprison Lula and prevent him from running in the 2018 presidential elections.

“Over the course of more than two years, Moro suggested to the prosecutor that his team change the sequence of who they would investigate; insisted on less downtime between raids; gave strategic advice and informal tips; provided the prosecutors with advance knowledge of his decisions; offered constructive criticism of prosecutorial filings; and even scolded Dallagnol ... as if the prosecutor worked for the judge,” the report reads of Moro who presided over the Lula's case and the far-reaching Car Wash corruption case.

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During the Senate's Constitution and Justice Commission hearing, Minister Moro said that even if the telegram messages were true, they didn't indicate he had violated any laws.

"They try to create a situation of scandal, which is nonexistent in the end," declared the Justice Minister, who was appointed to the newly-created, high-power position by President Jair Bolsonaro when he entered office in January. 

Moro tried to convince senators that what is really important is the "criminal invasion" of his and other authorities' cell phones with the aim to end the Car Wash investigation and weaken Brazilian institutions.

According to him, the investigative journalists' information should not be taken into account because it comes from an "organized criminal group" that might involve foreign agents.

Moro made similiar claims during Tuesday press conference when PT Senator Humberto Costa told him that he was not a victim of media sensationalism and asked him to resign because "you stripped the vote from millions of Brazilians."

The PT lawmaker said the judicial minister, while presiding over Lula's case in 2018, "changed prosecutors, directed operations, selected who should be persecuted, and broke laws and ethics codes."


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Brazil’s Moro questions authenticity of leaked messages

Brazil's justice minister on Saturday questioned the authenticity of leaked personal messages published by a news website that appear to show him when he was still a judge improperly advising prosecutors in a case against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

The Intercept posted purported chats between then-judge Sergio Moro and ex-prosecutor Carlos Dos Santos Lima in which Moro offers strategy advice to the prosecutor in the corruption case against da Silva. According to the website, the conversation suggests Moro acted "as an informal coordinator" of the prosecution in the judicial process that led to da Silva's conviction for receiving a beachfront apartment as a bribe.

The website said Moro at one point suggested the prosecutors release a statement highlighting contradictions in da Silva's declaration.

The conviction ended da Silva's 2018 presidential run and Moro went on to become justice minister in President Jair Bolsonaro's government.

A statement from the Justice Ministry, led by Moro, said it did not recognize the authenticity of the messages. It said the messages were leaked because of a "criminal invasion by hackers."

It reiterated that "the supposed material must be presented to an independent authority for certification."

Moro and prosecutors deny any wrongdoing, but the Brazilian Bar Association has called for the suspension of the minister and others pending an inquiry.

On Thursday, Bolsonaro offered words of support for his justice minister, saying Moro's accomplishments in the sprawling Car Wash investigation have "no price."

Launched in 2014, Car Wash has looked into billions of dollars in contracts with oil-giant Petrobras and ended the careers of some of the most prominent business and political figures in the South American nation.

In an interview recorded earlier this week in Curitibia, where da Silva has been held in a federal prison since April 7, 2018, Brazil's former president said the leaked communications between the members of the Car Wash task force and then-judge Moro demonstrate what he has been saying all along.

"I take advantage now to tell you that I'm happy because the country is finally going to know the truth. I always said that Moro is a liar," da Silva said.

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Sergio Moro: Soldier of the Empire

The counterrevolutionary opposition based in Miami and European capitals must be happy after the appointing of Sergio Moro as Minister of Justice in the new extreme right government of the elected president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, a decision applauded in his poisonous blog by the CIA member Carlos Alberto Montaner who qualified the still prosecutor of brave figure of the judiciary power who dares to judge powerful people.

The one considered by Montaner leader of the globalization in the struggle against corruption and an example of heroic behavior was granted «carte blanche» by Bolsonaro to continue his elaborated persecution, planned for many years after everything reeking of imperialism, once he completed his mission of judging, sent to prison and avoid that Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva became president again.

In his first statements to the press he said that he was not keeping his promise of not making politics, for the «sacred duty of fighting evil» from a position of greater importance.

For some time, Lula had already accused Moro of being a «inquisitor» who represents the interests of the elite that want to avoid a return of the left-wing to power. «Moro shows his partiality in Lava Jato, by accepting a position in Bolsonaro’s government», said the Party of Workers.

With the official beginning of his political career, Moro will have to face since today more critics for his previous judicial decisions. The future Minister of Justice, 46 years old, already announced that he will leave the tribunals after 22.

Locally, this sort of critic has Moro totally unconcerned, because even, after the overthrow of Dilma Rousseff in December 2016, he had no problem in having a picture taken in company of the outing president, Michel Temer, Aécio Neves and Geraldo Alckmin, all members of the right-wing accused of corruption, but not persecuted because of that by Moro neither any other Brazilian judge.

In fact Alckmin was excepted from the Lava Jato files, as it’s called the investigations on corruption, in which he was included under the accusation of receiving bribes from the company Odebrecht.

In all these months, in Brazil, Moro has been exalted by the powers he serves, by being proposed by the Association of Federal Judges of Brazil for the Supreme Federal Court, which was considered at first by Bolsonaro.

Magazines Istoé and Epoca and the Globo group gave him different definitions after another magazine, Fortune, placed him among the 50 more influential «leaders» in the world.

On this field we can already put Moro next to Montaner, although the Brazilian district attorney was far better trained by the Empire than the well-known CIA agent of Cuban origin.

Operation Lava Jato’s main goal was to destabilize Brazil, to carry out a soft coup-de-état with the alliance of a sector of the Brazilian justice and «think tanks» from the so-called Deep State made up of the FBI, the CIA and the Justice Department, with the intention of weakening their advance as an emergent power in BRICS.

Moro, main «punisher» in that operation, had as back-up AS/COA, a North American entity that represents banks and large corporations spread in Latin America, with the purpose of appropriating from wealth. In order to obtain that goal they influence the criminal body and media, to face governments that don't obey their commands.

Back then, America Society/Council of the America (AS/COA) restlessly exalted Moro, took him in a visit to the United States. There he was awarded as «man of the year», similar to the award given to publications that respond to multinationals.

The topic was recently brought up by Brazil Wire, a publication in English that remembers how Moro was the brightest star in the New York meeting of a self-proclaimed «anti-corruption movement », summoned by bank entities.

The AS/COA has America Quarterly magazine as one of its instruments. This is one of its more visible faces, but certainly not among the most important: his links to power, the capacity to influence it and determine government decisions as well as political sways are what really matters.

Regarding his diffusion tactics to favor friends and strike down opponents, the institution operates through the Bloomberg agency and, Brazil Wire keeps also connections to the British agency Reuters.

Its chairwoman is Susan Segal who is called in certain circles of economic power «the most influential woman in America».

Brian Winter, chief editor for America Quarterly and one of the vice-presidents of AS/COA, has columns in Newsweek and CNN, where he is presented as a «specialist in Brazil». He is not the sole member of the entity called by those media.

This man arrived to the magazine after he left Reuters in Brazil in year 2015, where he was accused of censoring information on the corruption in Petrobras Company during the government of Fernando Henrique Cardoso.

Those data are always hidden by the dominant media in Latin American countries, like Clarin and La Nacion in Argentina, because their showing contradicts the version according to which corruption is a problem that began with the popular governments like that of Lula da Silva. That argument is essential for the entire diffusion schemes that lead to illegitimate removals processes, like that of Brazil, or through «democratic» elections, like in Argentina, Chile and Ecuador. But this is a topic in which Moro, Lava Jato, Bolsonaro and the Fascist version of imperialism will be regrettably present in the future, and we must face it.

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