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Czech police and FBI arrest Russian hacker accused of targeting U.S.

Kremlin denies it has "interfered" in the 2016 White House race by hacking US political institutions (AFP Photo/Greg Wood)

Czech police have arrested a Russian hacker suspected of cyberattacks in the United States. Police said an international warrant for the man, who was not named, was issued by Interpol and that officers cooperated with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation on the case. Prague's Municipal Court will now have to decide on his extradition to the United States. Russian officials, however, are demanding that the suspect be handed over to them.

Russia repudiates Washington's policy of imposing its extraterritorial jurisdiction on all countries. We insist that the detainee is handed over to Russia.

Prague's Russian Embassy spokesman Alexey Kolmakov

The U.S. has accused Russia of coordinating the theft and disclosure of emails from the Democratic National Committee and other institutions and individuals in the U.S. to influence the outcome of the election. Russia has vigorously denied that. It is not immediately clear if this case has anything to do with that accusation. The Kremlin on Saturday slammed Washington for its "unprecedented" threats after Vice President Joe Biden told NBC that Putin would receive a "message" over the alleged hacking. Biden said Washington would respond to the alleged attacks "at the time of our choosing and under the circumstances that have the greatest impact." NBC later reported that the CIA was preparing a retaliatory cyberattack "designed to harass and 'embarrass' the Kremlin leadership." Russia's relations with the United States have fallen to their post-Cold War nadir over the conflict in Ukraine and stalled efforts to end the five-year Syrian war.

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