2019-07-23 11:48:32

How #RickyLeaks Exposed Puerto Rico’s Governor and Sparked a Movement to Oust Him

Half a million people took to the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Monday in a historic protest, more than a week after the Center for Investigative Journalism in Puerto Rico published 889 pages.

The pages included violently misogynistic and homophobic online chats between Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló and other government officials.

The leaked documents revealed Rosselló had mocked victims of Hurricane Maria and joked about shooting San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.

It also exposed rampant corruption within the Puerto Rican government. Governor Rosselló and the 11 others implicated in the message scandal have been issued summonses by the island’s Justice Department.

Two top officials have resigned since the scandal broke, including former Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marín, but Rosselló is resisting calls to step down, saying the messages were “done on people’s personal time” and a result of working long, stressful days.

Democracy Now! speaks with Carla Minet, executive director of the Center for Investigative Journalism in Puerto Rico.

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