A group of allies of the Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro he would be coordinating a disinformation campaign against his political competitors with a view to the presidential elections on October 2, according to a federal police document.
The partial article, which was made public after being sent to justice on Thursday, is part of the investigation called “Digital Militias”led by Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes, a magistrate who has led other investigations into Bolsonaro and his supporters.
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Moraes is looking into what lead police investigator Denisse Ribeiro described as a “cabinet of hate made up of supporters of the far-right populist who are allegedly flooding social media with fake news and attacking Bolsonaro’s enemies.
Bolsonaro has accused the judge of favoring leftist candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in this year’s presidential election.
Ribeiro said in the article that there is evidence suggesting an “orchestrated action” to identify targets and create and spread disinformation for “ideological, partisan and financial benefits.” The article does not mention any of the people allegedly involved in the fake news.
The office of Bolsonaro did not respond to a request for comment.
The article is likely to impair relations between Bolsonaro and the Brazilian judiciary, and fuel growing institutional tension ahead of an election in which the president faces a tough battle for re-election.
Moraes has become a key Bolsonaro antagonist. In December, the justice ordered an investigation to be opened after Bolsonaro He said during a live broadcast on multiple social networks that COVID-19 vaccines could increase the possibility of contracting AIDS.
Nevertheless, Bolsonaro he would face little danger from the investigations while in office, according to experts.
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