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Russian arrested 'over US election hack'

BBC News logo BBC News 10/04/2017
Donald Trump on the campaign: Mr Levashov's arrest relates to alleged "hacking" of the US election last year © Getty Images Mr Levashov's arrest relates to alleged "hacking" of the US election last year

Spanish police have arrested a Russian programmer for alleged involvement in "hacking" the US election, Spanish press reports have said.

Pyotr Levashov, arrested on 7 April in Barcelona, has now been remanded in custody.

A "legal source" also told the AFP news agency that Mr Levashov was the subject of an extradition request by the US.

The request is due to be examined by Spain's national criminal court, the agency added.

El Confidencial, a Spanish news website, has said that Mr Levashov's arrest warrant was issued by US authorities over suspected "hacking" that helped Donald Trump's campaign.

Several cybersecurity experts, including Brian Krebs, have also linked Mr Levashov to a Russian spam kingpin, who uses the alias Peter Severa.

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