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Russians charged with US election hack

Russians charged with US election hack

"The indictment charges twelve Russian military officers by name for conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election", Rosenstein announced at a press conference at the Department of Justice just after 12:00 PM eastern.

Eleven of the 12 Russian operatives are charged with either hacking into or "spearphishing" (sending emails to trick people into providing passwords) the computer networks of Democratic Party officials; spying on network activity and collecting information; and creating fictional personas to spread the information and hide that the source was actually Russian officials with military intelligence agency GRU.

That said, if the involvement of the GRU officers in the hacking effort is proven, it would shatter the Kremlin denials of the Russian state's involvement in US elections. It should all make for an interesting meeting of President Trump and Putin next week in Helskinki. So far, Mueller's team has indicted 32 people, including members of a Russian company that blanketed social media with fake news stories and senior members of the Trump campaign.

The White House released a defensive statement that didn't acknowledge any of the charges or allegations, and instead focused on what wasn't in the indictment.

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The charges are part of the ongoing special counsel probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. "At or about the same time, they also targeted seventy-six email addresses at the domain for the Clinton campaign". (The candidate is not named.) The Russians also sent stolen Democratic Party data to a "then-registered state lobbyist and online source of political news". "Putin and the leaders of the world have no respect for this country".

The DOJ claims the group is responsible for hacking the computer systems of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), in 2016, ahead of the US Presidential Election.

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The allegation was part of new charges Rosenstein announced against 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking offenses during the 2016 presidential election.

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"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. "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press".

Because the Russian officials remain in Russia, it is highly unlikely that they will ever be prosecuted in the United States.

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Clinton sent about 60,000 emails during her time in the Obama administration, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not have access to all of them; her staff deleted about half because they were private.

The GRU agents indicted Friday, he said, used the alias "Guccifer 2.0" and a website called "DCleaks" to disseminate the stolen information, presenting them as fronts for American and Romanian hackers.

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