March 3, 2016 / 10:25 PM / 2 years ago

Brazil's Rousseff condemns the leaking of testimony as political weapon

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday condemned the practice of leaking legal testimony as a political weapon, after media reported that a pro-government senator had implicated her in a major graft probe in leaked plea bargain documents.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff attends a breakfast with journalists at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, January 15, 2016. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

“Leaks that are false, selective and illegal should be rejected and have their source rigorously investigated,” Rousseff said in a statement.

Rousseff said her government was committed to defending democratic principles, fighting corruption and defending the Constitution.

Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassy; Writing by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Andrew Hay

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