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Alleged hacker facing 154 charges in Football Leaks case


Football Leaks whistleblower Rui Pinto (C) is escorted by judicial officers as he arrives at the Metropolitan Court in Budapest, Hungary, for his trial on March 5, 2019. - The court is set to decide on the extradition of the Portuguese hacker linked to the Football Leaks whistleblower website that has exposed alleged corruption, sparking investigations in several European countries. (Photo by FERENC ISZA / AFP) (Photo credit should read FERENC ISZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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LISBON, Portugal -- Portuguese prosecutors are bringing 154 charges against an alleged local hacker they believe is linked to the publication of internal documents that embarrassed top European clubs and soccer officials in the Football Leaks case.

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A statement from the attorney general’s office Thursday said Rui Pinto, who is in custody in Lisbon after being extradited from Hungary, is accused of alleged crimes connected to the release of secret information about the financial dealings of clubs.

The accusations include illegal access to data and attempted extortion.

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The statement says the Football Leaks website published confidential information about players’ and coaches’ contracts and transfer fees, among other things.

No trial date has been set.

The Football Leaks website began in 2015. European media started publishing documents the website posted, igniting scandals.