• Categories
  • Archives

Accused of Spying on Brazil’s Government, Kroll Denies Wrongdoing

The transnational investigative firm, Kroll, is being investigated by the Brazilian federal police in an operation that began back in March.

At that time, it was discovered that Kroll was spying on high-level government authorities while acting on behalf of one of the parties in a complicated dispute over control of a telecommunications services company in Brazil.


Kroll is accused of witness tampering, illegal wire taps and breaking bank secrecy norms.


Kroll denies the accusations. “Our investigations were carried out legally through the analysis of public documents, interviews and informal conversations. Kroll never infringed Brazilian legislation by using illegal wire taps or breaking electronic secrecy norms,” says a note from the firm.


”The company never used practices that break Brazilian laws, such as telephone bugging or hacking,” Kroll announced in an ad that was published on the front page of daily Folha de S. Paulo. The same ad also appeared in O Estado de S. Paulo, another daily with national circulation in Brazil.


At the moment the federal police are examining documents and equipment apprehended from Kroll’s offices around the country.


So far a total of five people have been arrested, accused of spying and organized crime activities.


Some 90 police agents, acting on 16 search warrants, have participated in the operation, which has been taking place in the cities of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro and Brasí­lia.


The dispute at the origin of Kroll’s problems pitted the investment firm, Opportunity, which is run by financier Daniel Dantas, against Telecom Italia (a huge Italian multinational) in a fight for control of one of Brazil’s biggest telecommunications operators, Brasil Telecom.


Agência Brasil

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

On the Shores of Brazil’s Sea of Mud There Are Pleasant Gardens

Despite the political crisis, Brazil is doing OK. It could be better, but it ...

Brazil’s Engevix Gets Nod from Bentley

Engevix Engenharia, a Brazilian company specializing in technical consulting services, has been nominated for ...

American Jewish Committee Applauds Israel-Mercosur Ample Trade Accord

The first ever trade agreement between Mercosur, the South American trade group led by ...

Brazil Blackout Hit 50 Million, 18 States and Gave Weapon to Opposition

Itaipu, the world's largest operational hydroelectric dam,  which on Tuesday caused a four hour ...

Tired of Waiting for Government Action Brazilian Indians Take Over Land

Tupinikim and Guarani Brazilian Indians who live in the southeastern state of EspÀ­rito Santo ...

All the President's Men (and Women)

President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's cabinet members are mostly from his own party, ...

Brazil Campaign Doubles Number of Bone Marrow Donors

The number of bone marrow donors in Brazil doubled in the past year, after ...

Brazilian circus's  star Claudia, 3 years old

Brazil: Something Must Be Wrong When the Headliner Female Is Only 3

The catcalls began the instant the dancer turned around. Dressed in black knee high ...

Amid Growing Pains Brazil Wonders When It Will Bridge Gap Between Emerging and Emerged

Many economists and scholars recognize the change Brazil is going through, but very few ...

Brazil and China Sign Energy Cooperation Pact

A memorandum of understanding to develop bilateral cooperation in the areas of petroleum, natural ...