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Special Counsel Robert Mueller Indicts 12 Russians for Hacking

14 July, 2018, 01:44 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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The new indictment released Friday named 12 operators who hacked the computers linked to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

The Russians were accused of hacking into the computer networks of the Democratic National Committee and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.

"The Russian state has never interfered and has no intention of interfering in the USA elections", Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said Friday.

A few hours after Trump's joint presser with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Rosenstein held a news conference in Washington to announce Mueller had indicted 12 Russian military officers, naming the officers.

One group of officers were tasked with infiltrating computers and stealing data, while another worked to distribute it through anonymous channels in the U.S.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made the announcement, as Attorney General Jeff Session has recused himself from any investigations into Russian interference, having been an advocate of Trump during the campaign. Beginning sometime around 2010, Yermakov used online personas like "Kate S. Milton", "James McMorgans" and "Karen W. Millen" to carry out hacking attempts and helped hack at least two emails accounts that led to the released of campaign documents through DCLeaks in 2016, according to the indictment.

"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". In February, the attorney general's office charged 13 Russians and three companies with trying to interfere with the USA elections.

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

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It was a well-planned, high-tech, and ultimately successful cyber-operation, carried out by the military intelligence agency of a major country. Trump told reporters on his visit to the United Kingdom on Friday that he planned to "ask" Putin about Russia's attack on the election.

It should all make for an interesting meeting of President Trump and Putin next week in Helskinki. "The goal of the conspirators was to impact the election", Rosenstein said.

Today's latest, and nearly certainly not last, indictments in the Russia scandal concern 12 Russian intelligence figures.

As Republicans continue to try and debunk the Special Counsel probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, Robert Mueller has been working behind closed doors on his investigation.

■ The intelligence officers hacked the website of a state election board and stole information on about 500,000 voters, including names, address, partial Social Security numbers, birth dates, and driver's license numbers.

Trump, who is now visiting Britain, is scheduled to meet with Putin in Helsinki on Monday. Presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Friday tweeted that the indictments are good news - Russians have been nailed, no Americans are involved, and it's time for Mueller to wrap up his "pursuit of the President".

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

"We have this stupidity going on, pure stupidity, but it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation because, anything you do, it's like: "Russia, oh he loves Russia", he said. Pure stupidity. But it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation. "But I love getting along with Russian Federation and China and other countries".

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