Greenwald's news organization that he co-founded, The Intercept Brazil, has published stories based on leaked messages he received previous year that exposed corruption in the country and embarrassed government officials.
Greenwald, who was part of the team that first interviewed fugitive U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013, told AFP in June he had received "grotesque" threats also targeting his family since his team began publishing the messages.
Over the past year, Greenwald and the Intercept Brasil, where he is a founding editor, have published a series of explosive stories based on leaked text messages that show Moro, who was a judge at the time, closely coordinating with prosecutors during high-profile corruption trials.
The case has also prompted reactions from senior government figures: speaker of Brazil's Lower House of Congress, Rodrigo Maia, described the charges against Greenwald as a "threat to the freedom of the press", adding that "without free journalism, there is no democracy". "To include me in the charges with the hackers is astonishing", he said.
Brazilian prosecutors said in a statement that unreleased audio links Greenwald to the group of hackers as they broke the law, terming it "auxiliary participation in the crime" and saying he was "seeking to subvert the idea of protection of a journalistic source into immunity to guide criminals".
Greenwald told Gizmodo in an email Tuesday that just two months ago the Federal Police in Brazil concluded he didn't commit a crime in publishing the leaked messages, and that Greenwald had "exercised extreme caution as a journalist". He made the suggestion, he said, "so nobody could fabricate claims" against him. The New York Times reported the charges were connected to spreading information obtained by the hacking of phones of Brazilian officials. "Maybe he will even know jail", the legislator said.
As the ACLU's Ben Wizner put it in a statement: "The United States must immediately condemn this outrageous assault on the freedom of the press, and recognize that its attacks on press freedoms at home have consequences for American journalists doing their jobs overseas".
Elliot Benchetrit slams critics following ball girl controversy at Australian Open 2020
Benchetrit then appears to react with surprise after the girl looks back at the umpire, hands him the banana, and walks away. Upon witnessing this exchange, chair umpire John Blom scolded him and asked the French player to do it himself.
Size model Ashley Graham becomes a mother to a baby boy
Ashley first announced news she was expecting in August last year while celebrating her nine-year anniversary with Justin. Graham also thanked her fans and followers for their constant love and support during what she called an incredible time.
Cerrone appears as 'Cowboy' in the Mark Wahlberg Movie
But first, Spenser will have to help his old boxing coach (Arkin) train a promising amateur MMA fighter (Duke). We can not wait to see how Post and Mark flex their acting muscles when the movie hits Netflix on March 6!
A federal judge would have to give approval to lodging a formal charge based on the allegations by prosecutor Wellington Divino Marques de Oliveira in the capital of Brasilia that Greenwald helped a group of six people that hacked into phones of hundreds local authorities.
Greenwald has repeatedly butted heads with the government of Brazil, including its president, Jair Bolsonaro, an aspiring fascist who has praised Brazil's military dictatorship that spanned from 1964 until 1985. Mr. da Silva was later convicted and incarcerated.
The messages also appeared to show that Moro, then a federal judge, coached and strategized with prosecutors handling the corruption case against da Silva in 2017.
Mr. Moro didn't deny the existence of the messages.
In a statement, Greenwald described the charges as "an obvious attempt to attack a free press in retaliation" for the damaging reports about Moro and the Bolsonaro government in general.
The tussle between officials and Mr. Greenwald has been particularly tense. A ruling by Supreme Court Justice Gilmar Mendes later barred investigations of Greenwald and his The Intercept Brasil in relation to the alleged hacking.