Russian intelligence officers indicted for hacking DNC
Jul 14 2018
Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein has just concluded a press conference announcing the grand jury indictment obtained by Special Counsel Robert Muellercharging 12 Russian military officers with hacking into the Democratic National Committee to sabotage the 2016 presidential election.
USA indictments against a dozen Russian intelligence officers on Friday provided detailed technical evidence to back up allegations of Russian hacking and leaking of information to influence the 2016 US presidential election.
Speculations aside, the probe has also charged two defendants with "conspiring to infiltrate computers of organizations responsible for administering elections, including state boards of election, secretaries of state, and companies that supply software and other technology used to administer elections".
Rosenstein said he briefed Trump on the latest indictment earlier this week, as the president embarked on a European tour that included the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, a visit to the United Kingdom and an upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who Trump said was not his enemy, but his "competitor".
"The defendants covertly monitored the computers, implanted hundreds of files containing malicious computer code, and stole emails and other documents."
"Oh", Williams said. "I can't talk more about it until Rosenstein comes out".
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.
If the involvement of the GRU officers in the hacking effort is proved, it would shatter the Kremlin denials of the Russian state's involvement in the US elections.
If the Russian Federation probe is a "witch hunt", then Robert Mueller is a goddamn Ghostbuster. The veiled proxies included an organization named DCLeaks (which claimed to be Americans) and Guccifer 2.0, who claimed to be a single Romanian person. His work had already led to charges against 20 people on crimes ranging from money laundering to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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The indictment further alleges the hackers' specifically sought out documents from the Democratic Congressional campaign committee that related to Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Trump and the Benghazi investigations, the indictment says.
One of the Russian units worked to steal information, and another was created to disseminate the information, Rosenstein said.
But Representative Jerrold Nadler, top Democrat on the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee said in a Tweet, "Latest indictments from @TheJusticeDept assert Russian agents were behind the hacks and leaking of DNC emails, in order to influence the 2016 election".
Some researchers said the indictment might have depended on USA 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.