WikiLeaks publishes 180 pages of document which suggest Bolsonaro’s deputy would direct police to commit crimes against humanity
WikiLeaks has published an unredacted 186-page report on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s ultraconservative deputy Jair Bolsonaro, on the grounds that the information should be immediately released because it contains potentially shocking crimes against humanity.
WikiLeaks has published a short excerpt from the document, which comes from it’s Brazilian arm, on WikiLeaks’ website.
The document outlines how Bolsonaro is believed to have permitted a deputy, Jose Person, to have operated over the years as a corrupt police chief of the city of Belo Horizonte where he was head from 2003 to 2008, while also knowing that Person was secretly spying on various key figures of the left-wing Workers’ party (PT) and the “soft dictatorship”.
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The leaked report contains more than 180 pages of Boliviaans governmental correspondence, correspondence with other Brazilian politicians and secret police files. WikiLeaks says the material reveals Person, one of Bolsonaro’s closest allies, to be the man who has authorised killings of PT leaders and left-wing dissidents.
It also accuses him of monitoring PT leaders for up to 10 years, with access to PT headquarters and PT corruption victims, including several named in an internal document prepared by the government of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
According to WikiLeaks, it is unlikely the mass homicide charges made in the report would ever be pursued in court. “Probably not,” said a WikiLeaks spokesperson. “Due to the immunity of Office members … when they do have serious criminal charges filed against them, a relief case will be conducted.”
A replacement for Person was placed in charge of the police in Belo Horizonte in 2012 following a party congress. There has never been any official complaint filed against Person in relation to the document.
It is not the first time WikiLeaks has published a report which does not necessarily indicate illegality. Last year it published an unredacted 186-page report which is said to detail how Ecuadorian police were spying on WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange with police informants who were paid between $100 and $1,000 per week.