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Brazilian authorities’ poor handling of sensitive data
The political world was rocked this week by a series of reports by The Intercept, which released data and private messages exchanged by Justice Minister Sergio Moro and Operation Car Wash prosecutors between 2015 and 2018—when Mr. Moro was still serving as the investigation’s main judge. The content of the messages shows him coaching prosecutors on how to build their case against defendants—especially former President Lula. That is illegal.
While the journalists behind the reports have said nothing about their source—or how the material was obtained—the people affected by the scandal were fast in saying they were victims of a hacker (indeed, several prosecutors reported their phones were hacked in recent months). It’s a natural move, trying to discredit the information. But even if the information was illegally obtained, it is of public interest—thus it has journalistic value.