Garnero intermediated approach between Lula and Bush, according to article by Folha de Sao Paulo
SAO PAULO, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo published in its Sunday issue an article disclosing several secret telegrams from American Embassy regarding Brazil's Government. The article was signed by Rubens Valente. Those telegrams were discharged for consultancy on September of 2012 and covers more than 40 years of Brazilian history.
Among those telegrams there were some describing the first meeting, in 2002, of the head of Partido dos Trabalhadores (Workers Party), Jose Dirceu with American Ambassador Donna Hrnak. By this time the party was on the verge of winning the presidential election with the candidate Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. According to the article, Mario Garnero, chairman of the board of Brasilinvest Group, a foremost investment powerhouse and a multibillion Dollar international company, arranged the meeting with the party. Garnero met Lula by the 80's, when he chaired the National Automakers Association and Lula was the most influential trade union leader of Brazil. Garnero said that they developed a relation of mutual respect.
The telegrams describe that Hrnak was assured that Workers Party was ready to make a mature government without any anti-American bias. After that Garnero sent personal letters supporting the intentions of the party to several U.S. prominent political figures, as current Vice-President Dick Cheney and Donald Evans, then U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Two weeks after the meeting Workers Party divulged a Letter to Brazilian People – that pacified the economic market, by mentioning "an economic growth with stability and social responsibility".
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