Russian intelligence officers indicted for hacking DNC

Russian intelligence officers indicted for hacking DNC

Russian intelligence officers indicted for hacking DNC

A federal grand jury on Friday indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers on charges of hacking the computer networks of 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party, the Justice Department said.

By tracing control of email and social media accounts and a tool for remote internet connections, the 29-page indictment document for the first time showed that the same group of Russians leased servers, targeted Democratic officials with phishing tricks aimed at capturing their online credentials and communicated with Republicans and other distributors of hacked information.

Defendants include four former Trump campaign and White House aides, three of whom have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate, and 13 Russians accused in a powerful social media campaign to sway US public opinion in 2016.

CNN's Russia investigation reporter Marshall Cohen said, by CNN's count, that Mueller has filed "191 criminal charges against 35 defendants", including "112 new charges brought today against a dozen Russian operatives for hacking".

It was unclear whether the indictment might factor into Trump's meeting with Putin on Monday.

But Representative Jerrold Nadler, top Democrat on the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee said in a Tweet, "Latest indictments from @TheJusticeDept assert Russian agents were behind the hacks and leaking of DNC emails, in order to influence the 2016 election".

Rosenstein says President Trump has been briefed on the matter. If that link is established, it would shatter the Kremlin denials of the Russian state's involvement in the USA elections given that the GRU is part of the state machine.

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"Free and fair elections are hard-fought and contentious, and there will always be adversaries who work to exacerbate domestic differences and try to confuse, divide and conquer us", Rosenstein said in a press statement.

"It is standard operating procedure that the DOJ does not name people in indictments unless they are being indicted", he said.

However, in a July 2016 statement, then-FBI Director James Comey said that the investigation "found no evidence that any of the additional work-related emails were intentionally deleted in an effort to hide them".

A few hours before the indictments were announced, Trump described the Mueller investigation as a "rigged witch hunt" that is hurting the United States relationship with Russian Federation.

After a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday, Mr. Trump said he would address election meddling with Putin.

"We do have a - a political problem where - you know in the United States we have this stupidity going on".

President Donald Trump (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk as they make their way to take the "family photo" during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. They plan to hold a one-on-one meeting in Helsinki. "I did it. You got me.' There won't be a Perry Mason here", he said.

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