USA election hacking: Justice department indicts 12 Russian intelligence officers

USA election hacking: Justice department indicts 12 Russian intelligence officers

The indictment, part of the Russian Federation investigation headed by the special counsel Robert Mueller, describes the details of the transaction.

Trump has suggested in the past a conspiracy around the computer servers at the Democratic National Committee that Russians hacked during the election.

Starting in at least March 2016, the Conspirators used a variety of means to hack the email accounts of volunteers and employees of the USA presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton ... including the email account of the Clinton Campaign's chairman... The hackers launched a successful spearphishing attack against senior officials for the Hillary Clinton campaign and released over 19,000 confidential emails and files through WikiLeaks. Rosenstein noted that the Russians tried to paint a false cover for Guccifer 2.0 as Romanian. "On or about July 22, 2016, Organization 1 released over 20,000 emails and other documents stolen from the DNC network by the [Russians]".

They allegedly exploited these identities to release thousands of stolen emails and other documents beginning as early as in June 2016.

None of the charges allege Trump advisers colluded with Russian Federation to interfere with the presidential campaign.

"Today's charges include no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the campaign and no allegations that the alleged hacking affected the election result", White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters said in a statement.

Rosenstein said the Americans who were corresponding with the GRU officers were unaware they were Russian operatives.

"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", he said.

The indictment, secured by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his ongoing investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 election won by President Donald Trump, was issued three days before Trump, who is now on a visit to Britain, meets Russian President Vladimir Putin for a summit in Helsinki.

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"I love the United States", Trump continued. Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said on Twitter that it was time to end the Mueller investigation since "no Americans are involved".

Mueller's investigation has also secured other guilty pleas.

Friday's charges are not the first for Russian nationals. Russian Federation did interfere in our election, and if I were the President, I would not ask Putin 'did you do it?' I would reject his denial.

These indictments targeted 12 GRU officers. All 12 are members of the GRU, Russia's intelligence service.

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Graham said May's approval of the Putin meeting is still important since Britain is America's closest ally as well as similarly a rival of Russian Federation.

The U.S. -Russia summit is an opportunity for President Trump to show his true leadership and tell Vladimir Putin that America will not tolerate the Kremlin's political misdeeds, according to Hermitage Capital CEO Bill Browder.

After the indictments were announced, top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer called on Trump to cancel his meeting with Putin until Russian Federation takes steps to prove it won't interfere in future elections.

That's according to an indictment issued Friday that says the officers developed malicious computer code known as malware, hacked into Democratic Party computers and silently watched as unknowing staffers typed.

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