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Brazil-gate is Turning into Russia-gate 2.0

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It was a leak, not a hack. Yes: Brazilgate, unleashed by a series of game-changing bombshells published by The Intercept, may be turning into a tropical Russia-gate.

The Intercept's Deep Throat -- an anonymous source -- has finally revealed in detail what anyone with half a brain in Brazil already knew: that the judicial/law-fare machinery of the one-sided Car Wash anti-corruption investigation was in fact a massive farce and criminal racket bent on accomplishing four objectives.

  • Create the conditions for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff in 2016 and the subsequent ascension of her VP, elite-manipulated puppet, Michel Temer.

  • Justify the imprisonment of former president Lula in 2018 just as he was set to win the latest presidential election in a landslide.

  • Facilitate the ascension of the Brazilian extreme-right via Steve Bannon asset (he calls him "Captain") Jair Bolsonaro.

  • Install former judge Sergio Moro as a justice minister on steroids capable of enacting a sort of Brazilian Patriot Act heavy on espionage and light on civil liberties.

Moro, side by side with prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol, who was leading the Public Ministry's 13-strong task force, are the vigilante stars of the law-fare racket. Over the past four years, hyper-concentrated Brazilian mainstream media, floundering in a swamp of fake news, duly glorified these two as Captain Marvel-worthy national heroes. Hubris finally caught up with the swamp.

The Brazilian Goodfellas

The Intercept has promised to release all the files in its possession; chats, audio, videos and pics, a treasure trove allegedly larger than Snowden's. What has been published so far reveals Moro/Dallagnol as a strategic duo in synch, with Moro as a capo di tutti i capi, judge, jury and executioner rolled into one replete with serial fabrications of evidence. This, in itself, is enough to nullify all the Car Wash cases in which he was involved including Lula's prosecution and successive convictions based on "evidence" that would never hold up in a serious court.

In conjunction with a wealth of gory details, the Twin Peaks principle -- the owls are not what they seem -- fully applies to Brazilgate. Because the genesis of Car Wash involves none other than the United States government (USG). And not only the Department of Justice (DOJ) as Lula has been stressing for years in every one of his interviews. The op was Deep State at its lowest.

WikiLeaks had already revealed it from the start, when the NSA started spying on energy giant Petrobras and even Rousseff's smart phone. In parallel, countless nations and individuals have learned how the DOJ's self-attributed extra-territoriality allows it to go after anyone, anyhow, anywhere.

It has never been about anti-corruption. Instead this is American "justice" interfering in the full geopolitical and geo-economic spheres. The most glaring, recent case, is Huawei's.

Yet Mafiosi Moro/Dallagnol's "malign behavior" (to invoke Pentagonese) reached a perverse new level in destroying the national economy of a powerful emerging nation, a BRICS member and acknowledged leader across the Global South.

Car Wash ravaged the chain of energy production in Brazil, which in turn generated the sale below market prices of plenty of valuable pre-salt oil reserves, the biggest oil discovery of the 21st Century.

Car Wash destroyed Brazilian national champions in engineering and civil construction as well as aeronautics (as in Boeing buying Embraer). And Car Wash fatally compromised important national security projects such as the construction of nuclear submarines, essential for the protection of the "Blue Amazon."

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