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This CIA document proves the Brazilian government deliberately killed people

João Figueiredo Ernesto Geisel Orlando Geisel. CIA DOCUMENT Photo: Folhapress)
Former Presidents João Figueiredo (left) and Ernesto Geisel. Photo: Folhapress)

Back in January 2017, the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) lifted secrecy on 11,000 documents concerning Brazil. The formerly classified documents were produced between the 1940s and the 1990s, and represented a small portion of the 13 million documents that the CIA chose to declassify at the time.

Matias Spektor, a researcher at think tank Fundação Getulio Vargas, dug up what is probably one of the most disturbing documents from the military dictatorship period. It reveals that the tortures and assassinations were not only known by the Brazilian state – they were also vouched by the Brazilian federal administration.

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