Russians Accused of Hacking Democrats in 2016 US Election

Jul 14, 2018, 01:44
Russians Accused of Hacking Democrats in 2016 US Election

A dozen Russian intelligence officers are facing new US federal indictments alleging they hacked into American computers with the explicit intention of interfering with the 2016 presidential election.

The 12, who are members of the GRU, a Russian intelligence agency, are accused of stealing usernames and passwords of volunteers in Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign, including its chairman John Podesta.

He also said that Russian military officers hacked a state election board and stole information of about 500,000 voters.

The Justice Department had said Rosenstein would make a "law enforcement announcement" but wasn't more specific.

The indictment also appears to allude to Florida political operative Aaron Nevins, who reached out to Guccifer and asked for "any Florida based information", according to a Wall Street Journal report past year. "The conspirators created fictitious online personas, including "DCLeaks" and 'Guccifer 2.0, ' and used them to release thousands of stolen emails and other documents, beginning in June 2016".

Rosenstein said the internet "allows foreign adversaries to attack Americans in new and unexpected ways".

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Rosenstein also stressed that "there's no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result".

A dozen Russian intelligence officers have been indicted by a USA grand jury for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

One attempt at interference noted in the indictment came hours after Trump, in a July 27, 2016, speech, suggested Russians look for emails that Clinton said she had deleted from her tenure as secretary of state.

If you care about how Russians tried to influence our election, this indictment is sobering.

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing", Trump said, looking directly into TV cameras, at a press conference in Florida that day in which he also cast doubt that Russian Federation was behind the hacking.

"The stakes for the upcoming Trump-Putin meeting could not be higher", Pelosi said.

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Former FBI director James Comey said during congressional testimony past year he had "no doubt" the Russian government was behind the DNC hack.

The indictment comes just three days before the president is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Helsinki. According to CNN's Jake Tapper, "Prosecutors from Robert Mueller's Special Counsel's Office and the Justice Department's National Security Division visited the courtroom of a federal magistrate judge in DC this return a grand jury indictment".

DNC Chair Tom Perez said the latest indictments show the magnitude of the Russian operation.

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Because Mueller has maintained public silence on his investigation, Rosenstein has made the few public pronouncements on the probe outside of legal documents and courtroom proceedings.

The Russia investigation has now led to charges against 32 people, including previous charges against 14 Russian nationals for their work on spreading Russian-based propaganda. Pure stupidity. But it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation.

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