Russian computer programmer held in Spain ‘under US warrant’
Pyotr Levashov reportedly suspected of being involved in spoofing strikes linked to alleged intervention in 2016 election
A Russian computer programmer has been arrested in Barcelona, a spokesman for the Russian delegation in Madrid said on Sunday.
It was unclear why Pyotr Levashov was apprehended. The delegation spokesman declined to give details and Spanish police and the ministry of internal affairs were not available for comment.
RT, the Russian government-backed television station, reported that Levashov had been arrested under a US international detention warrant and was suspected of to get involved in spoofing strikes linked to alleged interference in last years US ballot.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for criminal matters split of the US justice department, answered: The US case remains under seal, so we have no information to provide at this time.
The criminal split is distinct from “the member states national” insurance split, which is responsible for investigating state-sponsored cyber crimes. A justice department official said it was a criminal matter without an self-evident national insurance connection.
Spanish arbiters notified the Russian delegation of Levashovs arrest on Friday, the delegation spokesman said.
In January Spanish police apprehended another Russian programmer, whose mention was given as Lisov and who was wanted by the US for producing a monetary hoax network.
The US government has formally alleged Russia of hacking Democratic party emailsto help the campaign of Donald Trump, then the Republican nominee and now the 45 th chairwoman. Congressional committees and the FBI are scrutinizing links between Russia and Trump.
Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, have repeatedly denied that Russia tried to influence the US election.
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