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  • Colombian hacker Andres Sepulveda claimed to have hacked elections in nine countries throughout Latin America.

    Colombian hacker Andres Sepulveda claimed to have hacked elections in nine countries throughout Latin America. | Photo: Twitter / @hackersepulveda

Published 3 September 2016

Colombian hacker Andres Sepulveda claimed that he hacked, spied, and manipulated social media for President Enrique Peña Nieto’s 2012 presidential campaign.

Mexico's electoral authority refused to look into a complaint regarding claims made by a Colombian hacker who said he spied on leftist candidate through Latin America on behalf of right-wing candidates, including work for Enrique Peña Nieto's 2012 presidential campaign.

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The work of the hacker, known as Andres Sepulveda, was first revealed by Bloomberg Business in March. In an interview with the magazine, Sepulveda claimed that he hacked, spied, and manipulated social media for President Enrique Peña Nieto’s campaign with a US$600,000 budget.

Peña Nieto's government denied the claims.

A representative from Mexico's opposition National Action Party asked the National Electoral Institute to investigate but the authority's Complaints Commission said the complaint was “frivolous” for having been based on a story in the press.

Pamela San Martin, a member of the National Electoral Institute, intervened, asking why the authority investigated other allegations based on stories in the media but would not do so in this case.

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Ultimately the Complaints Commission voted two-to-one to dismiss the complaint.

Mexico's Constitution prohibits foreign nationals from participating in domestic politics; as a result Sepulveda's allegations, if true, would constitute a violation of the law and electoral fraud.

Sepulveda is serving 10 years behind bars in Colombia for various crimes including espionage and conspiracy to commit crime linked to hacking during Colombia’s 2014 election.

Once jailed, he turned against his right-wing allies, alleging they tried to have him killed.


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