Alleged Russian Hacker Arrested in
April 10, 2017
A Russian computer programmer has been arrested in Barcelona, Spain,
possibly in connection with hacking during last year's U.S. presidential
A spokesman for the Russian embassy in Madrid announced the arrest
Sunday, but did not say why Peter Levashov was taken into custody.
authorities are reported to have notified the Russian embassy of
Levashov's arrest Friday.
The 36-year-old computer expert was allegedly arrested on a U.S. warrant
while vacationing in Spain with his wife Maria Levashova, according to
Russian news media and Reuters.
After Levashov's arrest, Peter Carr, a spokesman in the U.S. Justice
Department said the case "remained under seal" and Washington had "no
information to provide at this time."
The U.S. government has accused Russia of hacking Democratic Party
emails to help the presidential campaign of then Republican candidate
Donald Trump, who won the election in November.
The U.S. Congress is also examining links between Russia and the Trump
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