Colombian Election Hacker Moved From Protective Custody

A hacker who Bloomberg Businessweek reported manipulated elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade has been moved from the protective custody of Colombian prosecutors and sent back to a general population prison, which has his family worried for his safety.

Andrés Sepúlveda was transferred because of increased safety risks following the March 31 profile, El País reported Thursday. Sepúlveda is serving a 10-year sentence for hacking the e-mails of participants in peace talks with Colombia’s rebels in order to discredit the 2014 re-election campaign of President Juan Manuel Santos. From prison, Sepúlveda detailed a series of complex hacking operations which allegedly aided presidential candidates throughout the hemisphere, including Enrique Peña Nieto, the current president of Mexico.

Following the disruption of murder plots against him soon after arriving at Bogota’s La Picota prison in 2014, Sepúlveda turned government witness in exchange for the 10-year plea deal.

A spokesperson for Colombia’s attorney general’s office, which had been keeping Sepúlveda in protective custody in Bogotá, confirmed the transfer to a prison in Ibagué, a four-hour drive west of the capital, but declined to answer questions about the reasons for the move.

— With assistance by Jordan Robertson

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