Walter Delgatti Neto, one of the detainees investigated for hacking phones, said he had provided information about the content obtained to journalist Glenn Greenwald, who is responsible for a website that has leaked talks between prosecutors at Lava Jato and Sergio Moro while serving as judge of the operation.
On Tuesday, four people were provisionally arrested and investigated regarding their intention to break into cell phones from Brazilian authorities. In addition, the Federal Police also served seven search and seizure warrants at addresses in São Paulo, Araraquara and Ribeirão Preto.
Authorities say the group reportedly accessed the Telegram app messages from prosecutors Moro, Economy Minister Paulo Guedes, and Jair Bolsonaro’s government leader Joice Hasselmann.
The evidence was found in forensics, searches and seizures and based on testimony from prisoners held on Tuesday.
The Intercept Brazil website has been spreading suspicious dialogues since June 9 this year. According to the vehicle, the information came to the newsroom anonymously.
According to sources heard by the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo, the hacker said he knew the journalist. The report could not confirm whether in person or if they would have had only virtual contact.
In addition to Walter, others who were arrested include Gustavo Henrique Elias Santos and his wife, Suelen Priscila de Oliveira. The 10th Federal District Judge Vallisney de Souza Oliveira said in a ruling that there are “strong indications” that the couple investigated hacking cell phones.
The couple would have handled $627,000 in two periods last year and this year. The fourth arrested was Danilo Cristiano Marques.