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Rasmussen email hacker gets jail term

A 31 year-old Danish man was jailed on Friday after being found guilty of hacking into the email account of Michael Rasmussen and trying to sell the details to a newspaper. Danish daily B.T. declined to purchase the emails and informed the police, who arrested the man in August last year.

According to AP, the hacker, whose name was not revealed, told the court he had guessed Rasmussen's password and gained access to emails relating to the cyclist's whereabouts in June 2007. At the time, Rasmussen had told the UCI he was training in Mexico, although it later emerged he had been spotted riding in the Italian Dolomites.

The former Rabobank rider is currently fighting a legal case against his former employer after being thrown off the team during last year's Tour de France. He is reportedly seeking damages of 5.5 million euros. A decision in the case is expected to be made on July 2.

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