Cuban State Telecommunications Company Used to Accuse Challenger in Brazil’s Presidential Elections of Drug Trafficking
Cuban State Telecommunications Company Used to Accuse Challenger in
Brazil’s Presidential Elections of Drug Trafficking / 14ymedio
14ymedio, Miami, 25 January 2017 – The services of the
Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA) were used to attack
Brazilian Congressman Aécio Neves, when he ran for president against
Dilma Rousseff, as reported Wednesday by the Brazilian newspaper Folha
de Sao Paulo.
Neves, a member of the Brazilian Social Democracy party, began a
judicial process more than three years ago that allowed him to uncover
the internet provider responsible for the false profiles that sought to
undermine his image on social networks.
The São Paulo court ruled in favor of the deputy and required the
companies providing internet to disclose the identity of 20 profiles
used to attack the former presidential candidate. One of these profiles
used the services of the Cuban state network, which has raised
suspicions about who is behind the defamatory campaign.
The profile connected to Cuba was used by three different people,
according to the newspaper. The main attacks against Neves are related
to accusations of gender violence and drug trafficking.
So far, it is not possible to know the real identity of the false
profiles that attacked Neves, although his lawyers are studying the
possibility of filing a lawsuit in Brazilian or Cuban courts to require
the company to deliver the data.
It is also not possible to establish whether access to the network was
made from a state institution, a hotel or a Cuban Wi-Fi zone.
ETECSA has not answered questions sent by Folha de Sao Paulo and the
Cuban embassy in that country has refused to provide statements.
Source: Cuban State Telecommunications Company Used to Accuse Challenger
in Brazil’s Presidential Elections of Drug Trafficking / 14ymedio –
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