USA indicts 12 Russians for hacking DNC emails during the 2016 election

Marsha Scott
July 14, 2018

The indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking Democrats' and Hillary Clinton's emails said they began going after the former first lady's personal emails "on or about July 27, 2016" - the same day Donald Trump called on Russia to find her missing emails. The Russians also "monitored the computers of dozens of [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] and DNC employees".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says that Russian intelligence agents stole information on 500,000 US voters after hacking a state USA election board.

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.

Members of Mueller's team and the Department of Justice reportedly met Friday morning with a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to deliver the indictments.

The newly indicted Russian military officers communicated with two Americans during the 2016 election cycle, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said.

Furthermore, the group also stands accused of creating the Guccifer 2.0 lone-hacker persona through which they tried to claim responsibility for the DNC hack, and through which they released files stolen from the organization.

They corresponded with 'several Americans, ' he said, but the DOJ is not alleging htat any of them knew they were talking with Russian agents.

"Russia is the most aggressive foreign actor" that continues to target American companies and agencies with cyber attacks, Coats said at a Hudson Institute event.

Friday's indictment comes as Rosenstein faces increased scrutiny from President Trump's backers on Capitol Hill.

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Rosenstein noted the indictment is not a signal the Russian operations changed the outcome of the election.

United States intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation used propaganda and hacking to meddle in the election in an effort to harm Clinton and eventually help Trump.

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.

First, that it appears to have been unimpeded by continual charges from President Trump and others that it is an illegitimate, partisan "witch hunt".

And after the news broke of the indictment of the Russian intel officers, McCain issued a stronger statement making it clear that "if President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward".

The Russia investigation has now led to charges against 32 people, including previous charges against 14 Russian nationals for their work on spreading Russian-based propaganda.

We want to hear from you. He said that Mueller's investigation continues. The White House didn't respond to a request for further comment on whether Trump would address the indictments when he meets with Putin.

The GOP lawmaker, who is retiring after this Congress, said that he's "pleased Russian Federation is being held accountable for their actions against our country".

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