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A Russian computer programmer suspected in the US election hacks was arrested in Spain


A Russian man suspected of being involved in Russian meddling in the U.S. election was arrested in Spain under a U.S. international warrant, Reuters reported.

Pyotr Levashov, a computer programmer, was arrested in Barcelona, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Spain said. No details were made public regarding his arrests, but AFP and Russian TV station RT reported it was due to election-related hacking.

U.S. Justice Department spokesman Pete Car told Reuters the case was under seal and he had no comment. Another official told Reuters the arrest was a criminal matter that did not have national security implications.

Spanish officials informed Russia of Levashov's arrest on Friday, according to the embassy spokesman. 

Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement in election-related hacking. The U.S. has formally accused Russia of hacking Democratic Party emails to support the Trump campaign.

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