Football Leaks – Football Leaks: for his lawyers, Rui Pinto "must be protected by the Portuguese authorities"

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The Portuguese hacker Rui Pinto, originally including Football Leaks, should be supported and not prosecuted by the Portuguese authorities, his lawyers said Friday, who consider the young man as a “whistleblower.” Rui Pinto is in pre-trial detention in Portugal, where he is awaiting trial for extortion and computer crimes linked to the revelations of the Football Leaks, and also claimed to be the source of the leak of 715,000 compromising documents for the Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos. "& Nbsp; He is not a criminal, he is a great whistleblower like Julian Assange or Edward Snowden and he must be protected by the Portuguese authorities, his French lawyer William Bourdon said during a press conference on the protection of whistleblowers organized in Lisbon. There is no other whistleblower in Europe who suffers the fate of Rui Pinto. & Nbsp; " Rui Pinto, whistleblower for Football Leaks: "I did what was right & nbsp;" The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published in January a large investigation, dubbed "& Nbsp; Luanda Leaks & nbsp;"accusing the daughter of the former Angolan president of having "& Nbsp; siphoned off the Angolan economy & nbsp;" and fraudulently accumulated a fortune estimated at 2.1 billion dollars (1.8 billion euros). Rui Pinto's lawyers said he was behind the documents that fueled this investigation. Rui Pinto's French lawyer, William Bourdon "Rui Pinto has never been motivated by money, his revelations are made in the general interest and will make it possible to recover hundreds of millions of euros. & Nbsp;" "& Nbsp; He has always shown the same desire to fight corruption and money laundering and we reiterate here his wish to cooperate with the Portuguese and European authorities & nbsp;", added his Portuguese lawyer Francisco Teixeira da Mota. Shortly after his arrest in Budapest in January 2019, at the request of the Portuguese authorities, the 31-year-old hacker claimed to be in possession of six terabytes of unpublished documents. Through William Bourdon, Rui Pinto had engaged in late 2018 a collaboration with the French National Financial Prosecutor's Office, which had estimated that the hacker had enabled "& Nbsp; major developments & nbsp;" in the tax fraud investigations he opened. Football Leaks: The hacker "John" challenges Portugal to avoid extradition "& Nbsp; Rui Pinto was never motivated by money, his revelations are made in the general interest and will make it possible to recover hundreds of millions of euros (…). The charges against him are false and we will succeed in dismantling them & nbsp; ", assured Mr. Bourdon. Several European authorities, including France and Belgium, wish to meet Rui Pinto again in order to advance their investigations. The & nbsp; Football Leaks, which have led to the opening of legal proceedings also in Belgium and Switzerland, remain to this day the most significant leak of information behind the scenes of the football. "Data-reactid =" 18 "> The Portuguese hacker Rui Pinto, originally from Football Leaks, should be supported and not prosecuted by the Portuguese authorities, his lawyers estimated Friday, who consider the young man as a "whistleblower." Rui Pinto is in pre-trial detention in Portugal, where he is awaiting trial for attempted extortion and computer crimes linked to the revelations of the Football Leaks, and also claimed to be the source of the leak of 715,000 compromising documents for the Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos. "He is not an offender, he is a great whistleblower like Julian Assange or Edward Snowden and he must be protected by the Portuguese authorities, his French lawyer William Bourdon said during a press conference on the protection of whistleblowers organized in Lisbon. There is no other whistleblower in Europe who suffers the fate of Rui Pinto. " Rui Pinto, whistleblower of Football Leaks: "I did what was right" The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published in January a large investigation, dubbed "Luanda Leaks"accusing the daughter of the former Angolan president of having "Siphoned off the Angolan economy" and fraudulently accumulated a fortune estimated at 2.1 billion dollars (1.8 billion euros). Rui Pinto's lawyers said he was behind the documents that fueled this investigation. Rui Pinto's French lawyer, William Bourdon “Rui Pinto was never motivated by money, his revelations are made in the general interest and will make it possible to recover hundreds of millions of euros. " "He has always shown the same desire to fight against corruption and money laundering and we reiterate here his wish to cooperate with the Portuguese and European authorities", added his Portuguese lawyer Francisco Teixeira da Mota. Shortly after his arrest in Budapest in January 2019, at the request of the Portuguese authorities, the 31-year-old hacker claimed to be in possession of six terabytes of unpublished documents. Through William Bourdon, Rui Pinto had engaged in late 2018 a collaboration with the French National Financial Prosecutor's Office, which had estimated that the hacker had enabled "Major developments" in the tax fraud investigations he opened. Football Leaks: Hacker "John" challenges Portugal to avoid extradition "Rui Pinto was never motivated by money, his revelations are made in the general interest and will make it possible to recover hundreds of millions of euros (…). The accusations against him are false and we will succeed in dismantling them ”, assured Mr. Bourdon. Several European authorities, including France and Belgium, wish to meet Rui Pinto again in order to advance their investigations. The Football Leaks, which led to the opening of legal proceedings also in Belgium and Switzerland, remain to this day the most important leak of information behind the scenes of the football.