BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities have arrested a purported hacker for allegedly breaking into President Juan Manuel Santos' email account and trying to obtain information to sabotage government peace talks with the country's biggest rebel movement.
The chief prosecutor's office described Andres Sepulveda as the leader of a spying ring that operated in an office raided Tuesday in a tony Bogota neighborhood.
The case has political overtones.
Presidential candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga said Tuesday that Sepulveda has provided services to his campaign, but added that he strongly condemns any illegal activity.
Support for Santos has been falling ahead of the May 25 presidential election. On Monday his re-election campaign suffered a major blow when his chief strategist resigned amid allegations he received $12 million from top drug lords to mediate a negotiated surrender.