Russian intel officers indicted for hacking the DNC and Clinton campaign

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According to Talking Points Memo, Mueller "has indicted 12 Russian nationals accused of hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign" and those indicted are "members of the Russian intel agency, the GRU".

Eleven of today's defendants are charged with conspiring to hack into computers, steal documents, and release documents in an effort to interfere with the election.

Mueller on Friday indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers in the hacking of the DNC in 2016.

The indictment, secured by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 election, was issued three days before US President Donald Trump meets Russian President Vladimir Putin for a summit in Helsinki.

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

The indictment alleges that "organization 1" released more than "20,000 emails and other documents stolen from the DNC network by the Conspirators" on or about July 22, 2016, just before the start of the Democratic National Convention.

Because Mueller has maintained public silence on his investigation, Rosenstein has made the few public pronouncements on the probe outside of legal documents and courtroom proceedings. And these indictments suggest that after Trump's order/plea/joke, Russians did step up their efforts to hack or deliver what turned out to be John Podesta's emails.

He also observed that the so-called "witch hunt" doesn't look like the baseless fantasy Trump portrays it to be. 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".

The charges come as Mueller continues to investigate potential co-ordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the presidential election.

According to Rosenstein, the Russian intelligence officials also hacked the website of a state election board and stole information from about 500,000 voters, including names, addresses, partial social security numbers, dates of birth, and driver's license numbers.

Guccifer 2.0, an online persona Trump ally Roger Stone interacted with during the 2016 campaign, was also named in the indictment.

"These indictments are further proof of what everyone but the president seems to understand: President Putin is an adversary who interfered in our elections to help President Trump win", Schumer said in a statement.

In light of the charges against 12 GRU officers announced by Rod Rosenstein, @realDonaldTrump should cancel his meeting with Putin, who ordered the attack on the US.

Among the new details: the conspirators allegedly first tried to compromise email accounts used by Clinton's personal office on July 27, 2016, the same day that Trump appeared to urge Russian Federation to go after her emails at a campaign press conference in Florida.

Some researchers said the indictment might have depended on US signals intelligence, the fruits of which are rarely revealed, because it quotes electronic messages sent to an unidentified organization presumed to be London-based WikiLeaks.

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