Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has made his geopolitical priorities clear, dropping by CIA headquarters for a clandestine chat on his first go to to the US before even assembly with President Donald Trump.
Bolsonaro’s go to was not printed on his agenda and members of the press have been barred on the door whereas the president and his justice minister, Sergio Moro, hobnobbed with the spooks on the company’s Langley HQ.
Moro, as Ben Norton identified on Twitter, led Operation Car Wash – the “cash laundering investigation” that changed former President Dilma Rousseff with the US-linked Michel Temer.
The National Security Agency had been wiretapping Rousseff for years, making it that a lot straightforward to interchange her with a compliant patsy – whose weak point Bolsonaro may then use as a springboard for his personal reactionary candidacy. As Glenn Greenwald identified, the right-wing authorities was now not even attempting to cover its allegiance to an company that has thought nothing of overthrowing regimes it finds inconvenient prior to now.
Praising the CIA as “one of the vital revered intelligence companies on the earth,” Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo framed his father’s cozying as much as the backers of the 1964 coup that pitched Brazil into twenty years of army dictatorship as “a wonderful alternative to speak about worldwide themes of the area.”
But the Brazilians weren’t simply there to reminisce about coups previous. The agenda of the day was Venezuela, the place Bolsonaro has to date been reluctant to permit Trump to make use of his nation as a staging floor for an invasion.
“For the first time in a very long time, a Brazilian president who will not be un-American arrives in Washington,” Bolsonaro tweeted after touchdown within the US on Sunday, calling the go to “the start of a partnership targeted on liberty and prosperity, one thing that every one of us Brazilians have lengthy wished for.”
“No Brazilian president had ever paid a go to to the CIA,” former Brazilian international minister Celso Amorim informed the AP, calling Bolsonaro’s transfer “an explicitly submissive place.”
The CIA, unsurprisingly, had no remark.