On the eve of his trial in Lisbon, the man behind Football Leaks admitted he illegally hacked dozens of email accounts. Rui Pinto argued that he had a noble purpose: to reveal serious crimes. That’s why, he says, he should be considered a whistleblower, not a hacker.
Der Spiegel and other newspapers hail him as an important whistleblower, but five years ago Rui Pinto obtained 268,000 euro from two bank accounts in the Cayman Islands through hacking. Then he turned to football.