Russian intelligence officers indicted for hacking in 2016 US presidential election

Russian intelligence officers indicted for hacking in 2016 US presidential election

In the press conference today Rosenstein said, "There is no allegation in the indictment that any American was a knowing participant in the alleged unlawful activity or knew they were communicating with Russian intelligence officers".

The suspects, according to the indictment, were attached to two military divisions of Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate, known as the GRU - Unit 26165 and Unit 74455.

The charges were announced as Mr Trump met the Queen at Windsor Castle.

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

The indictment draws a direct connection to one of Trump's most infamous campaign news conferences and Russian efforts to hack Clinton. Still, the indictment contained no allegations that the actions altered the vote count or changed the outcome of the 2016 presidential elections. "This is consistent with what we have been saying all along". I think this is something people knew had happened all along: "that underlying all of this, crimes were committed, and that's why the Mueller investigation is so important and why it needs to be continued in an unfettered manner". The Russians are nailed. Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said on Twitter that it was time to end the Mueller investigation since "no Americans are involved".

On that scale, these indictments include no additional Americans, and Rosenstein was careful to say that it was the DOJ's position that any American who communicated with these indicted Russians did so unwittingly.

"In my remarks, I have not identified the victims", Rosenstein said.

But he simultaneously denounced the Mueller investigation as a "rigged witch hunt", and said he has been "tougher on Russian Federation than anybody".

Some lawmakers are calling on Trump to cancel the meeting with Putin. Trump said Thursday he would ask Putin about the Kremlin's interference in the 2016 US election, but pointed out Putin will likely deny it. John McCain in a statement.

Roger Stone, one-time confidant to President Trump.

"We have been extremely tough on Russia", Trump said.

"One unit engaged by stealing information, a different unit by disseminating the information", Rosenstein said.

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Will they finally hold the head of their party to account for not doing anything to protect our democracy, keep our elections safe or ensure Putin and the Russians never do this again? Using an e-mail account created to look like it came from the vendor, they sent more than 100 spearphishing e-mails to organizations and people involved in administering elections in Florida counties.

Today's latest, and nearly certainly not last, indictments in the Russia scandal concern 12 Russian intelligence figures. Clinton and her campaign argue that the emails were personal in nature and not work-related, lamenting that they did not delete the emails after receiving a congressional subpoena from the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Stunning. It remains to be seen whether the senior Trump campaign officials knew that Guccifer 2.0 was connected to the Russians, information that came out pretty early in the general election.

Beginning in March 2016, they allegedly used fake identities and bogus accounts to trick volunteers and employees of Clinton's 2016 campaign and gain access to usernames and passwords that they used to steal emails and hack into other computers.

Computer records related to at least 500,000 voters were stolen, but no evidence has emerged that the election itself was compromised or that the result was affected.

Who was this person and why did he or she want this information and what did they do with it?

And the operatives used an unnamed organization to spread the emails - apparently WikiLeaks, which published the Podesta emails in the late stages of the 2016 campaign, spawning thousands of stories.

The then worked to distribute the documents starting in June 2016.

U.S. officials claim the group set up the DCLeaks.com website on which they leaked files they stole from the DCCC, DNC, and from other compromised individuals. Once the DNC announced publicly it had been hacked, the Russians used the online moniker Guccifer 2.0, claiming they were a lone Romanian. They also took steps to cover their tracks, deleting files and logs on computers.

"On or about August 15, 2016, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, received a request for stolen documents from a candidate for the US Congress", the indictment stated.

It has been more than a year since the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation began. Three other Trump campaign aides have pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A number of Trump associates have so far been swept up in the special counsel investigation.

Manafort is now in an Alexandria, VA, jail after he allegedly tried to tamper with a witness in his case. He has maintained his innocence and is set to go to trial on bank fraud and other financial allegations on July 25. The four Trump associates that have been charged are not accused of helping Russian Federation meddle in the election.

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