Justice Dept. indicts 12 Russian spies over 2016 DNC hack

Justice Dept. indicts 12 Russian spies over 2016 DNC hack

The case follows a separate indictment that accused Russians of using social media to sow discord among American voters.

"After public accusations that the Russian government was behind the hacking of DNC and DCCC computers, defendants created the fictitious persona Guccifer 2.0", the DOJ says.

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in January 2017 that Russian Federation, in action ordered by Putin, used propaganda and hacking to meddle in the election to harm Clinton and eventually help Trump.

"The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration", the president tweeted.

Although Mr. Trump said he plans to raise election meddling with Putin when they meet Monday at the Finnish presidential palace in Helsinki, he has also said he doesn't expect Putin to ever accept blame.

This including sending emails disguised as Google security alerts containing links to malware, which they then used to steal passwords, track computer usage and monitor banking information.

The indictment describes how, in August of 2016, one of the Russian cyberspies saw an Federal Bureau of Investigation alert about the hacking of the state elections database and "deleted his search history". The Kremlin denies it interfered.

The indictment identifies the defendants as officers with Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff, also known as GRU. Twenty-six of those charged are Russians who are unlikely to ever be put on trial in the United States. "So long as we are united in our commitment to the shared values enshrined in the Constitution, they will not succeed".

During a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday, Mr Trump also said the Russian Federation collusion allegations dogging his presidency were "pure stupidity".

"Gladhanding with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.

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It describes how, in April of 2016, the GRU officers named in the indictment "began to plan" how they'd release the materials they were stealing from Democrats - suggesting how closely the National Security Agency has been able to watch, or reconstruct, emails or other intercepted communications in which these cyberspies talked about things they hadn't even done yet.

The indictment's section on how the Russian hackers interacted with Americans names several people who received the stolen documents.

However, he said, "there's no allegation in this indictment that the Americans knew they were corresponding with Russian intelligence officers".

Two days later, the Russians added, "please tell me if i can help u anyhow ... it would be a great pleasure to me". "The person responded, "(p) retty standard". At the same time, it admitted that the alleged hacking attack in fact did not eventually affect any votes.

Rosenstein related that he had briefed President Trump on the coming charges earlier this week.

As of Friday, the inquiry has indicted 32 people - mostly Russian nationals in absentia - as well as three companies and four former Trump advisers.

USA intelligence agencies have said the interference was aimed at helping the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and harming the election bid of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

On Iran, Macron urged Trump in vain earlier this year not to pull out of an global deal that eased sanctions against Iran in return for curbs on its nuclear program.

Ben Sasse also issued a statement that said "all patriotic Americans" should know Putin is not "the President's buddy".

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