Held in Prague, Nikulin at center of ‘intense’ US-Russia tug of war
Roger Tait and Julian Borger report:
An alleged computer hacker being held in the Czech Republic is at the centre of an international legal tussle between the United States and Russia amid lingering disquiet over Moscow’s alleged interference in the recent US presidential election.
Read more on The Guardian. Considering that Interpol had picked him up based on U.S. request and he’s been charged here with some serious hacks, while Russia had no charges against him at the time and only afterwards came up with a small crime to charge with him, you might think that extradition would be to the U.S., right?
But now the alleged Russian interference with the elections comes into play, even though there is absolutely no evidence that has been made public that would suggest that Nikulin was involved in that at all. So building on rank speculation for the most part, the article lays out whether Russia wants him back because he cooperated with them somehow, and the U.S. wants him because he might know who the hackers were. I see….