Journalist Glenn Greenwald Vows to Fight Criminal Charges in Brazil

Nathan Crooks

(Bloomberg) -- Glenn Greenwald, the American journalist who founded The Intercept, on Tuesday vowed to fight criminal charges that he alleged were being brought by Brazil’s government in retaliation for a series of exposes that highlighted corruption in the administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

“We’re going to defend a free press like we always have,” Greenwald said in a video message posted on his Twitter account. “We’re not going to be intimidated by the Bolsonaro government. I’m continuing right this very minute to work on our next series of stories.”

CNN reported earlier in the day that Brazilian prosecutors filed charges against the journalist alleging that he “helped, encouraged and oriented” hackers who had tapped into cellphones belonging to various government officials.

The Intercept said in a statement that it saw the move as “an attempt to criminalize not only our journalism but also that of the dozens of partners who collaborated with our staff in over 95 stories based on the archives.”

The charges also drew condemnation by Amnesty International, the ACLU and whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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