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Brazil president raises jail as possibility for Greenwald

Posted at 3:02 PM, Jul 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-27 18:02:28-04

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s president has raised the possibility of jail for journalist Glenn Greenwald a few days after saying the American’s Brazil-based internet publication was “aligned with criminal hackers” for reporting the contents of hacked phone calls.

Local media say Bolsonaro was asked Saturday if Greenwald might be kicked out under new rules allowing fast deportation of some foreigners. Bolsonaro said Greenwald isn’t covered because he has a Brazilian spouse, but added: “Maybe he will be imprisoned.”

Greenwald responded defiantly on Twitter, saying that Bolsonaro “is not (yet) a dictator.”

The Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism also condemned the president’s comment about jail.