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Portuguese Hacker Identified as Source of Luanda Leaks

Portuguese Hacker Identified as Source  of Luanda Leaks

LISBON - A Portuguese hacker has taken responsibility for disclosing hundreds of thousands of files revealing how billionaire Isabel dos Santos, daughter of Angola's former president built a vast business empire, his lawyers said.
The hacker, Rui Pinto, handed over a hard drive "containing all data related to the recent revelations concerning Ms. Isabel Dos Santos's fortune" to a whistleblowing organisation in 2018, his lawyers said on Monday.
Pinto, 31, is awaiting trial in a Lisbon jail for extortion and other crimes, having claimed to be behind "Football Leaks" - a high-profile trove of 70 million documents that exposed the dealings of European football clubs. His defence team said he was acting in the public interest.
ICIJ and PPLAAF both confirmed Pinto as the person behind the leaks in statements on Monday. Pinto's lawyer Bourdon is also co-founder and chair of PPLAAF.
"As in the case of the Football Leaks, these revelations should allow for new investigations to be launched," he said in a PPLAAF statement. (Aljazeera)