Rio de Janeiro — Leaked documents showing Brazilian anticorruption investigators conspired to keep leftist icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva out of the 2018 presidential race ignited a firestorm on social media Monday, but analysts downplayed the potential fall-out.

The Intercept website co-founded by Glenn Greenwald published a series of explosive articles on Sunday based on material provided by an anonymous source that it said show “serious wrongdoing, unethical behaviour, and systematic deceit” in the sprawling “Car Wash” graft investigation that has claimed scores of political and business scalps since it began in 2014.

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