Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Russian Intelligence Officers Charged Over 2016 Election Hacking

Russian Intelligence Officers Charged Over 2016 Election Hacking

"The indictment charges 12 Russian military officers by name with conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told a news conference.

The defendants, according to the indictment, were specifically involved in the effort to hack Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

The GRU attackers also targeted state election systems, including both government agencies and their vendors, and stole information about 500,000 American voters.

"I love the United States", Trump continued.

On or around that day, according to the indictment, which was announced Friday, Russian actors sent phishing emails to accounts at a domain used by Clinton's personal office.

The leaks threw the Democratic party into turmoil and prompted the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chairwoman, on the eve of the convention to nominate Clinton as its presidential nominee last July.

To distribute the stolen emails, the Russian operative created a fictitious group named DCLeaks, claiming it was made up of US "hacktivists".

Rosenstein said he briefed Trump about the indictment before Friday's announcement and that the timing was determined by "the facts, the evidence, and the law".

Rosenstein told BBC that the defendants corresponded with several Americans during the conspiracy to manipulate the elections but there is no direct allegation that any USA citizen indulged in criminal activity.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry is looking into alleged Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 election.

Rosenstein has been the focal point of controversy and tension after he took over the helm of the Russian Federation investigation, naming Robert Mueller to lead it, in the wake of the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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The charges are part of the ongoing special counsel probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The Russians weren't great at coming up with fake American addresses.

'The Internet allows foreign adversaries to attack America in new and unexpected ways, ' Rosenstein said.

Rosenstein said he had informed Trump about the charges.

President Donald Trump's highly anticipated meeting with Queen Elizabeth II was spoiled on Friday as news broke that 12 Russian officials had been indicted for allegedly hacking into the Democratic National Committee.

"Our response must not depend on which side was victimized", Rosenstein said. The press conference comes as Donald Trump is overseas in England.

Revealing so much "says just how serious this is, and how important it is to acknowledge that Russian Federation hacked the aid Trump and hurt Clinton", Weaver said.

Trump has gone back and forth as to what he acknowledges about what took place and cited Russia's official denials about its active measures.

"The blame for election interference belongs to the criminals who committed election interference".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Senate minority leader, immediately called on Trump to cancel the Putin talks.

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