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Operation Car Wash | Toucans Turn

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Source: O Estado de S. Paulo:

Currency trader Alberto Youssef, prime target of Operation Car Wash, used the brother of a former minister, a Federal Police agent, and a convicted financial criminal cited in the scandal of the «PT payola» to move cash in suitcases and hidden on their bodies to facilitate an “efficient” system of “delivery” of campaign slush funds that would not rely on money laundering [?]

What can only be called the war of selective leaks continue as a date draws near for indictments in the Operation Car Wash case, which estimates are could turn 100 federal legislators into criminal defendants the way steroids turned Schwarzenneger into Schwarzenneger.

Source:  Brasil 24/7:

In an affidavit taken on November 18, 2014, Jayme Alves de Oliveira Filho, aka “Baldy”, stated that he had delivered R$ 1 million to gubernatorial candidate Antonio Anastasia (PSDB), in 2010, at the request of black-market currency dealer Alberto Youssef; elected to the Senate, the Toucan (PSDB) denies involvement: “This is totally divorced from reality. My only wealth is moral. I have a reputation for honesty.”

In a statement taken down during Car Wash, the imprisoned federal police agent who mentioned federal deputy Eduardo Cunha (PMDB-RJ) as a beneficiary of the Youssef  scheme also accused Senator-elect Antonio Anastasia (PSDB), ex-governador de Minas Gerais.

Anastia Responds

Former governor and Senator-elect Antonio Anastasia issued a note in which he rejects the inclusion of his name on the list of those benefiting from the Car Wash scheme.

Police agent Jayme Alves de Oliveira Filho said he received R$1 million at the request of currency trader  Alberto Youssef (…). “A false and absurd accusation such as this leaves me completely indignant and full of revulsion. I have no idea what motive this lie supports in the context of this [police] operation, but there is no doubt that combining truths with lies could be a strategy of the guilty parties.”

And Brasil247 reproduces the statement word for word. In general, I would say the press corps has issue what is a classic Ctl-C Ctl-V — even Vermelho.

Another  central focus is the immediate future of the principal candidate for president of the lower house of Congress.

In an affidavit taken on November 18, 2014, Jayme Alves de Oliveira Filho, aka “Baldy”, stated that he had delivered R$ 1 million to gubernatorial candidate Antonio Anastasia (PSDB), in 2010, at the request of black-market currency dealer Alberto Youssef; subsequently elected to the Senate, the Toucan (PSDB) denies involvement: “This is totally divorced from reality. My only wealth is moral. I have a reputation for honesty.”

In a statement taken down during Car Wash, the imprisoned police agent who mentioned federal deputy Eduardo Cunha (PMDB-RJ) as a beneficiary of the Youssef  scheme also accused Senator-elect Antonio Anastasia (PSDB), ex-governador de Minas Gerais.

Anastia Responds

Former governor and Senator-elect Antonio Anastasia issued a note in which he rejects the inclusion of his name on the list of those benefiting from the Car Wash scheme.

Police agent Jayme Alves de Oliveira Filho said he received R$1 million at the request of currency trader  Alberto Youssef (…). “A false and absurd accusation such as this leaves me completely indignant and full of revulsion. I have no idea what motive this lie supports in the context of this [police] operation, but there is no doubt that combining truths with lies could be a strategy of the guilty parties.”

And Brasil247 reproduces the statement word for word. In general, I would say the press corps has issue what is a classic Ctl-C Ctl-V — even Vermelho.

Another  central focus is the immediate feature of the principal candidate for president of the House, third in line for the presidential succession and not uncontroversial.

The story by CongressoEmFoco is marred by that annoying habit of attributing statements using a JPG screenshort of the article’s cast of characters.

PMDB president and candidate for the presidency of lower house, Eduardo Cunha (RJ) said today that the creation of a new bicameral parliamentary inquiry (CPMI) is “inevitable.” Previously opposed to the formation of another panel, the PMDBist changed his mind after reports published in recent days concerning his alleged ties to the currency trader.

On Twitter, Cunha rejected any involvement in the scheme. He said he is a victim of political persecution and that the leaking of information is intended to undermine his campaign. Today, the daily Estado de S. Paulo published a story in which  Youssef accused Cunha of bribe-taking. The money supposedly made its way to Cunha in Rio in the hands of lobbyist  Fernando Soares, know as “The Baihan.”

The lawmaker’s tweets begin at 2:00 a.m. or so as he tries to get ahead the ink and paper edition.

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The sources that are leaking, we know who they are and they have an obvious political goal in working for the opposite campaign … To get to the bottom of all this I am convinced that we should establish a CPMI of Petrobras as soon as the new Congress is seated. …

In taking on the formidable Estadão reporter Fausto Macedo, a tweet and run is almost always a bad idea for public personalities. Politicians should be protected from themselves.

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Even so, Estado de S. Paulo reporter insists on my connection and even tries to connect me [directly] to Youssef … Once again I iterate [pleonasmically] that I do not know the police agent or the currency trader, I have never in my life spoken to either …

Finally, in the Estadão scoop, the paper saves money on type-settling by boiling supporting evidence into boilerplate. Good thinking! Actually, the investigation into the Youssef organization is impressively complete. Time to shut up blogging and start reading.  This would be an excellent exerise for CMap, the open-source concept-mapping software.

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