Jefferson Morley | March 20, 2019
Behind Bolsonaro’s Meeting With CIA Director Gina Haspel
Not every head of state who visits Washington gets to meet with the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, but Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right president of Brazil, did.
From a wire report:
Bolsonaro also met with CIA director Gina Haspel at the spy agency’s headquarters in Virginia to convey the importance he places on “fighting organized crime and drug trafficking and the need to strengthen intelligence,” his office said.
Bolsanaro’s visit was unprecedented, notes Iran’s Press TV, noting the visit was not publicized on his public agenda and the press was denied attendance, suggesting that “the unusual visit further signals Bolsonaro’s shift towards Washington.” (PressTV).
The historical subtext here: Bolsonaro has praised a 1964 military coup–supported by Brazil’s National Intelligence Service and the CIA–which brought 20 years of dictatorship to the country.
According to the Brazil Report, a reliable news site, the reign of SNI was distinguished by corruption, repression and torture.