Greenwald's life in danger for the crime of doing journalism

Glenn Greenwald's life is in danger, but you'd be badly mistaken if you think he's intimidated at all.

“Brazil’s President, apparently with few national problems to address and little to do, gave an interview this morning again attacking me and suggesting I was guilty of crimes,” Greenwald wrote. “I don’t think he understands (a) the Constitution or (b) that he’s not a judge or dictator.”

He added: “To Bolsonaro’s credit, at least he managed this time to threaten me with prison without twisted and deranged homophobic mockery of my marriage and adopted children.”

Oh Snap!
That is a spectacular response.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is much like President Trump, in that he has only contempt for the free press, especially when they are doing their job.

On Monday, Bolsonaro accused Greenwald of committing a crime and alleged he is aligning himself with criminal hackers who exposed phone conversations of the country's justice minister from when he was a judge. The president also alluded that jail time could be possible when he was asked whether Greenwald might be kicked out of the country under Brazil's new deportation rules.

"Maybe he will be imprisoned here in Brazil," Bolsonaro said, noting that Greenwald was not likely to be deported due to the fact he is married to a Brazilian and he and his husband have adopted children together.

Bolsonaro actually said, “He may take a cane here in Brazil.”

Assange is also in danger for the crime of doing journalism.

It has challenged the assessment of the expert, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer, that Assange would “be exposed to a real risk of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” if he ended up in a US jail...
Melzer said he was gravely concerned that US authorities intend to “make an example” of Assange, to punish him personally and to deter others.

He feared that “Mr. Assange will be confronted with overly expansive charges and subjected to excessively severe criminal sanctions”.

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Bollox Ref's picture

Mrs. Bollox travelled to Brazil for business a few years ago, and never felt very safe. Private armed guards at various places didn't seem to be a reflection of a particularly 'healthy' democracy.

And if you wander off the safe route......

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from a reasonably stable genius.

Shahryar's picture

you never know what country will go fascist next. That safe haven might soon be run by CIA endorsed gangs.

Sometimes I think the better a country sounds to me, the more likely it is that it'll be the next target. If it's good it cannot be tolerated!

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@Shahryar Seems our CIA influence is a real presence in every central American country I had considered a retirement country. Like Ecuador. I wouldn't consider it now, strongly considered it 4 years ago.

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Lots of armed guards, strict instructions about where to walk, and so forth. Being seen at an ATM or money exchange money facility make all my tour group feel like targets.

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@on the cusp
I was very uncomfortable using the Citibank ATM in the Loop.

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I've seen lots of changes. What doesn't change is people. Same old hairless apes.

Unabashed Liberal's picture

few writers that I follow on Twitter. (due to both his political writing, and his charity work for dogs)

Occasionally, Glenn shows up on Tucker Carlson's show (according to YouTube feed). Claims that he's been banned from other Cable Channel due to Russia Gate. Phew!

Agree about most of the countries in SA being dangerous. (from what I've read/heard)

But, there's one bright spot--Uruguay. Smile

From The Nation:

The Rise and Fall of the Latin American Left
Conservatives now control Latin America’s leading economies, but the region’s leftists can still look to Uruguay for direction.

Latin American leftists need not look far to find a model to emulate: Uruguay. It exemplifies the best of the Pink Tide without its excesses. Frente Amplio, or Broad Front, a coalition of left-wing parties in power since 2005, has put the country at the vanguard of social change by legalizing abortion, same-sex marriage, and, most famously, recreational marijuana. For these reasons alone, in 2013 The Economist chose “liberal and fun-loving” Uruguay for its first ever “country of the year” award.

Less known accomplishments include being one of only two countries in Latin America that enjoy the status of “high income” (alongside Chile), reducing poverty from around 40 percent to less than 12 percent from 2005 to 2014, and steering clear of corruption scandals. According to Transparency International, Uruguay is the least corrupt country in Latin America, and ranks among the world’s 25 least corrupt nations. The country also scored a near perfect 100 in Freedom House’s 2018 ranking of civil and political freedoms, virtually tied with Canada, and far ahead of the United States and neighboring Argentina and Brazil. The payoff for this much virtue is hard to ignore. Among Latin American nations, no other country shows more satisfaction with its democracy.


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Everyone thinks they have the best dog, and none of them are wrong.

Bolsonaro is likely president of Brazil due to the US alphabet soup agencies helping rig the election for him. Probably as legitmate as Juan Guiaido, which is not at all.

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@Dalum Woulu


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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

Mark from Queens's picture

on the situation, including historical background, his personal situation and the outrageous state of corruption and danger right now in Brazilian politics.

Chapo Trap House with Glenn Greenwald 7/29/19

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