Last Sunday, The Intercept and The Intercept Brasil published a series of exposés that has created a major political earthquake in Brazil that has only grown and intensified throughout the week. In less than a week, the once-revered justice minister of President Jair Bolsonaro’s government, Sérgio Moro, now faces widespread calls to resign from the same large Brazilian media outlets that spent years transforming him into an untouchable icon of integrity and uncritically applauding his every move.
Even more grave, the improprieties revealed by our reporting have cast serious doubt on the validity of numerous guilty verdicts issued by Moro and the anti-corruption task force, beginning — most importantly — with the conviction and imprisonment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva last year at the exact same time that he was the overwhelming frontrunner to win the presidency in 2018. That conviction by Moro, which we now know was the byproduct of highly improper and unethical conduct, is now scheduled to be reviewed by the Brazil Supreme Court as early as next week.
The archive we received from our source is vast and contains many more explosive stories yet to be reported. Just last night, we published another story exposing even more serious improprieties by Moro, widely regarded as the anchor of legitimacy for the Bolsonaro government, that has led to more calls for him to resign. Because these issues are complex, but just as important, for those outside of Brazil, we created a video explaining what this archive is about, what these revelations mean, and why the consequences of our reporting are so significant — not only for Brazil, but for the entire democratic world.