The man behind Football Leaks was tried for 89 computer intrusion offences and one extortion attempt. The court found him guilty of almost all of them. But an amnesty for young offenders approved due to Pope Francis's recent visit to Portugal cleared him of 79 of those charges.
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.
Football Leaks hacker Rui Pinto managed to hack the investigation in which he was the target, new court documents reveal.
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.