Last year I released GetLattesData. This package is very handy for anyone that researches bibliometric data of Brazilian scholars. You could easily import the whole academic history of any researcher registered at the platform. More details about Lattes and GetLattesData in the this post.
However, a couple months ago CNPQ introduced a captcha in the webpage. This made it impossible to download the xml files directly, breaking my code. It seems that those changes are now permanent.