By Gregory Wilpert
GREG WILPERT It’s The Real News Network and I’m Greg Wilpert in Baltimore.
It’s been several weeks now since the investigative news outlet, The Intercept, published explosive revelations about the extensive collaboration between prosecutors and judges in Brazil’s sprawling corruption scandals. In Brazil, the focus of the topic has recently switched in two directions. First, Brazil’s legislature summoned Glenn Greenwald, one of the founders and main journalists of The Intercept, to testify about the revelations. And conservative lawmakers there are accusing Greenwald and his colleagues of having gone too far. Also, there are efforts now underway to intimidate Greenwald by investigating his finances and sending him death threats.
The other recent development is that the conviction of former President Lula da Silva is being questioned. Lula da Silva has been in prison since April of last year, serving a 24-year prison sentence on corruption charges relating to the so-called Lava Jato, or Operation Car Wash, investigation. It is generally believed that Lula’s disqualification from the presidential race is what enabled far-right politician, Jair Bolsonaro, to win the…