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.”
That is a spectacular response.
Bolsonaro is agitated today because - in partnership with Brazil's largest paper, @Folha - we exposed that his Minister of Justice & Public Security, then-judge Sergio Moro, unethically released documents 6 days before the election to help Bolsonaro win https://t.co/qKDjlVK4uk pic.twitter.com/WCvoOnmmQF
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 29, 2019
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”.