The federal government sent 4 agents from Abin (Brazilian Intelligence Agency) to COP25 (United Nations Conference on Climate Change), in December 2019, in Madrid, Spain.
The information was published by the newspaper The State of S. Paulo this Sunday (11.out.2020). The report obtained the list that Itamaraty sent to the event organization through LAI (Access to Information Law).
The agents were accredited as members of the GSI (Institutional Security Office) team of the Presidency of the Republic, whose chief minister is General Augusto Heleno. In the official document of the event they were identified as “analysts”. Are they:
- Bruno Batista Rodrigues Pereira, former Abin regional superintendent in Pará;
- Marcelo Donnabella Bastos, former assistant secretary of Infrastructure and Environment of the State of São Paulo;
- Lília de Souza Magalhães;
- Pedro Nascimento Silveira.
In an interview with The State of S. Paulo, on condition of anonymity, 1 of the agents declared that his work at COP-25 aimed to capture criticism of the Bolsonaro government, especially with regard to the Amazon, to “defend the country’s interests”.
The server denied that environmentalists were registered. He stated that the main one was the Brazil Climate Action Hub pavilion, organized by NGOs.
The agents’ badge was the one that allowed the most free movement through the event. The credential gave access even to negotiation meetings.
GSI and Abin did not comment on what motivated the presence of the 4 agents at the event. The UN also did not respond to questions in the report.
Minister Ricardo Salles (Environment) participated in the event. He even did speech stating that “protectionism and hypocrisy went hand in hand all the time”.