President Trump is going to have an even harder time denying Russian involvement in the 2016 election now.
Reuters reported, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Madrid revealed that a Russian computer programmer named Pyotr Levashov was arrested last week in Barcelona.
Levashov’s wife spoke out about the situation on Sunday and revealed some information that, if found to be true, could signal the end of Trump’s presidency.
Maria Levashova spoke to RT, a Russian television station, following the arrest. She said that armed police stormed into the couple’s apartment in Barcelona and locked her and her friend in another room while they spent two hours questioning her husband.
Levashova also said that, when she later spoke to her husband from the police station, he told her that he had created a computer virus that was “related to Trump’s election win.”
She described the arrest and her conversation with Levashov as follows:
‘I asked for a warrant or some papers, they said they showed them to my husband. With my husband, I talked in the commissariat by phone, he said that he was shown some piece of paper in Spanish without a seal and his photo in poor quality. Something was said about the fact that the virus my husband allegedly created was related to Trump’s victory in the elections.’
Levashova also said that her husband was “engaged in various start-ups…and other projects that [she] did not interfere with.”
Levashov is not the first Russian programmer to have been arrested in Spain. Another, whose name was listed as “Lisov,” was arrested in January. “Lisov” was wanted by the U.S. for leading a “financial fraud network.”
Levashov has a long history as a hacker, according to a report on his arrest from KrebsOnSecurity. He currently comes in seventh on the anti-spam group Spamhaus’s list of the world’s Top 10 Worst Spammers. He is described on that list as:
‘A spammer who writes and sells virus-spamming spamware and botnet access. Is probably involved in the writing and releasing of viruses & trojans. One of the longest operating criminal spam-lords on the internet. Works with many other Easter Euro and US based botnet spammers. Was a partner of American spammer Alan Ralsky.’
Levashov’s arrest and confession to his wife could not have come at a worse time, as an investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia is currently underway.
President Obama formally accused Russia of interference in the 2016 election towards the end of his term, and since then a number of individuals involved in the investigation have said that they have seen proof that there was collusion between Trump’s team and Russian officials.
Despite these accusations, though, Russian officials, including the country’s president, Vladimir Putin, still deny that any interference took place.