Russian Intelligence Officials Indicted On Hacking Charges

Saul Bowman
July 15, 2018

Earlier on Friday, the US Department of Justice announced that 12 people, whom it identified as "Russian intelligence officers", had been indicted for hacking the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Even as the Mueller probe moved forward, with an additional 12 indictments related to Russian interference in the 2016 election, Republicans in the House of Representatives moved closer to filing impeachment documents against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. They also hacked into the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic National Committee, in an operation starting around March 2016.

To help mask their Russian origins, the military officers used networks of computers located across the world, including in the U.S., and paid for it using Bitcoin.

Wealthy Russians might have simply flown cash into the United States, according to some suggestions.

President Donald Trump's persistence in pursuing a bromance with Vladimir Putin has highlighted a growing disconnect within his administration over Russian Federation policy. John McCain, R-Arizona, said Mr. Trump should cancel the meeting if he will not hold Putin accountable.

President Donald Trump responded to the recent indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officials by attempting to blame his predecessor for inaction and promoting a popular conspiracy theory Saturday morning.

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.

It also raised further questions about possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, as the conspirators allegedly began a spear-phishing offensive against Clinton and members of her team the same day Trump publicly called on Russian Federation to find his opponent's missing emails - a comment members of Trump's team have dismissed as a joke.

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.

"He's been very nice to me the times I've met him", Trump said of Putin at an impromptu news conference Thursday after the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

In tweets from Scotland on Saturday, Trump questioned why the Obama administration did not act, asked about the location of the DNC server that was hacked, and again questioned the integrity of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

There is also no allegation in Friday's charges that "any American was a knowing participant in the alleged unlawful activity", the indictment says. And a state lobbyist received stolen data on Democratic donors later that month, the indictment alleges.

'These revelations add to a body of evidence confirming an extensive plot by Vladimir Putin's government to attack the 2016 election, sow chaos and dissension among the American electorate, and undermine faith in our democracy, ' McCain said in a statement. Indeed, an indictment that directly points to Russian President Vladimir Putin makes it much more hard for critics to dismiss Russia's culpability in election hacking as unproven.

A Washington Post reporter falsely claimed Friday that the beginning of the Russian effort to hack Hillary Clinton's campaign emails came the very same day that her opponent, Donald Trump, called on Russia to find Clinton's State Department emails.

"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 Russian Federation'".

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