Sao Paulo, Oct 16 (EFE) .- The Minister of the Institutional Security Cabinet of the Presidency of Brazil, Augusto Heleno Ribeiro, confirmed this Friday that members of the country’s intelligence service were part of the delegation sent by the Government of Jair Bolsonaro to the Madrid Climate Summit last December.
Ribeiro, General of the Army Reserve, clarified on his social networks that the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (Abin) had already announced, shortly after the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP-25), that some of its agents made up the Brazilian delegation at the event.
The minister’s confirmation comes four days after the newspaper O Estado de Sao Paulo published a report in which it revealed that the group led by Bolsonaro included at least four members of the secret service in order, according to the newspaper, to monitor NGOs, members of the Brazilian delegation itself and representatives of foreign delegations.
Since he came to power in 2019, Bolsonaro has been the target of harsh criticism from environmental organizations and the international community for his anti-environmental discourse and for making environmental policies more flexible, but the head of state alleges that the criticisms are framed in a “disproportionate campaign” against his country due to the Brazilian power in agribusiness.
In that sense, Ribeiro reaffirmed this Friday that there are “sordid and lying” international campaigns that seek “to harm Brazil” and justified the sending of secret agents to the summit because it is a “strategic” issue.
“Strategic issues must be accompanied by qualified servants, especially when they involve sordid and lying international campaigns, supported by bad Brazilians, with the aim of damaging Brazil,” he said.
The minister described as “deplorable” the “myopic vision of some” about “State Intelligence” and asserted that Abin is a “State institution and will continue to fulfill its duty in events, in Brazil and abroad.”
In 2019, Bolsonaro’s first year in power, deforestation in the Amazon jumped 85% compared to 2018, while fires in the largest rainforest on the planet increased 30%, to close to 90,000.
However, the president insists that the fires in both the Amazon and the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland, are caused by the way of life of the country’s indigenous population, who use fire to prepare farmland. EFE
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