Explaining Brazil #64: You can’t spell car wash without leaks

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On Sunday, June 9, The Intercept published four stories about the private messages between prosecutors and former Judge Sergio Moro.

Operation Car Wash’s weapon of choice has been used against its members. Thousands of messages exchanged between prosecutors and Sergio Moro — who is now Jair Bolsonaro’s Minister of Justice — cast doubt on the legality of several convictions.

Leaks allowed Operation Car Wash to become one of the most popular institutions in the public eye. Now, leaks could cause its demise.

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On this episode:

  • Andrew Fishman is the managing editor of The Intercept Brasil. He is one of the reporters behind the leaked conversations between former Judge Sergio Moro and members of Operation Car Wash.
  • Guilherme Ziliani Carnelos is a partner at RCVA Advogados and a director at the Institute for the Right of Defense.
  • Alex Hochuli is a writer and researcher based in São Paulo, Brazil and hosts the Aufhebunga Bunga podcast.

Background reading:

  • Brazilians view Operation Car Wash are partial—which has lowered its approval ratings.
  • Operation Car Wash splashed across Latin America. How did it change the region’s political landscape?
  • Politicians—and some Supreme Court justices—have posed as a threat to Operation Car Wash. The leaks revealed by The Intercept weren’t the first blow to the investigation.
  • How did Operation Car Wash go from a probe into a gas station to becoming one of the world’s largest-ever corruption investigations? Euan Marshall explains.

Explaining Brazil is made by:

  • Gustavo Ribeiro, editor in chief of The Brazilian Report. He has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics. His work has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets, including Veja, Época, Folha de São Paulo, Médiapart and Radio France Internationale.
  • Maria Martha Bruno is a journalist with 14 years of experience in politics, arts, and breaking news. She has collaborated with Al Jazeera, NBC, and CNN, among others, and worked as an international correspondent in Buenos Aires.
  • Euan Marshall is a journalist and translator who has lived in São Paulo, Brazil since 2011. Specializing in Brazilian soccer, politics and the connection between the two, his work has been published in The Telegraph, Al Jazeera, The Independent, among others.

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