Reports: Czech police arrest suspected Russian hacker

Czech police in cooperation with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday they arrested a Russian national suspected of participating in hacking attacks directed at the United States, reports said.

Police gave few details about the man's arrest. They said he was detained at a hotel in Prague and subsequently collapsed and was hospitalized for unspecified health reasons.

The man was not named and there was no indication about when the arrest took place.

The Czech judiciary is now considering whether to extradite him to the U.S. — although it's not clear whether Washington requested that move, Reuters said.

The suspect was the subject of an Interpol "red notice" — similar to an international arrest warrant. It is not clear if his detention is related to suspected cyber-attacks on the presidential campaign of Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton.

The U.S. government believes Moscow may be behind those attacks in some form. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's interests would not be served by taking part in hacking related to the Nov. 8 presidential election.

Here are the basic facts you need to know on the breach of the Democratic National Committee computer network by Russian hackers. USA TODAY

Russia is also accused of supplying the WikiLeaks organization with stolen emails belonging to John Podesta, the chair of Clinton's election campaign, an allegation Moscow and the founder of the leaking platform Julian Assange have both denied.

It's alleged that Putin favors Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to Clinton and Trump in turn has spoken favorably of the Russian leader. Relations between Washington and Moscow have soured over the conflct in Ukraine and failed attempts to find a military or diplomatic solution to the war in Syria.

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