Portugal prepares trial for alleged Football Leaks hacker

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — An alleged hacker charged with publishing internal documents that embarrassed soccer clubs and officials in the Football Leaks case is going on trial.

A Portuguese judge ruled Friday that prosecutors have enough evidence incriminating Rui Pinto for him to stand trial. The ruling is a procedural part of Portuguese law. No trial date was immediately set.

Prosecutors accuse Pinto of attempted extortion and hacking into secret information held by Sporting Lisbon and the Portuguese soccer federation, including financial dealings. He is also accused of illegal access to confidential data held on computers at the Portuguese attorney general’s office.

Pinto denies wrongdoing, saying he is a whistleblower who in the public interest has helped expose what he claims
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