As Trump continues to deny claims that Russia helped his campaign in the 2016 Presidential election, evidence just surfaced that says otherwise.
This weekend, Spanish authorities arrested Pyotr Levashov, a Russian hacker who was wanted by the United States on an international computer crimes charge, per a request by the United States. According to Reuters, the arrest was initially “a criminal matter without an apparent national security connection.”
However, in an interview with Russian news agency RT, Levashov’s wife, Mary, said that the arrest was linked to “the fact that the virus my husband allegedly created was related to Trump’s victory in the elections.”
Levashov, known as both “Peter the Great” and “Peter Severa,” is a “computer programmer thought to be one of the world’s most notorious spam kingpins” and “a pivotal figure in many Russian-language cybercrime forums.” He was responsible for running multiple criminal operations that paid virus writers and spammers to install “fake antivirus” software.
The FBI is currently investigating Trump’s ties to Russia, including possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. With Levashov’s arrest, new details are certain to emerge that will further incriminate the embattled US President.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.