The Brazilian government recently charged left-wing journalist Glenn Greenwald with cybercrimes over his alleged role in a hacking scandal in that country. The credibility of the charges against Greenwald has come under scrutiny, including in the U.S., where Greenwald is well known for his role in the Snowden revelations.
The cell phones of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and hundreds of other government officials were allegedly hacked last year by Walter Delgatti Neto. Some of these messages were given to Greenwald, then published by The Intercept, a site Greenwald co-founded. The Brazilian government has accused Greenwald of encouraging Neto’s hacking operation, but thus far has not provided evidence that Greenwald did so. So far, the overwhelming sentiment among those clued in to the case appears to be that the charges against Greenwald will not stick, with a Brazilian Supreme Court justice telling The New York Times that he “can’t conceive of a journalist being punished by the judiciary.”