Pele watched by military dictatorship in Brazil

Documents released by Brazilian authorities show that military

officials kept track of Pele during the country’s dictatorship

era.

The files unveiled by the Sao Paulo state government on Monday

show officials investigated Pele in the 1970s, keeping record of

his activities and probing incidents involving the football star,

including alleged attacks to his home in the coastal city of

Santos.

The military dictatorship ruled Brazil from 1964-85, with

officials constantly trying to identify possible opponents to the

regime and vehemently acting to reprimand radical leftists.

Pele had already been linked to military dictatorship

investigations after he allegedly received a manifest requesting

his help to try and influence the release of political

prisoners.

The documents on Pele were among several files on well-known

Brazilians released online by the state government.