Russians Accused of Hacking Democrats in 2016 US Election

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Twelve Russian intelligence officers were indicted by a United States grand jury on Friday - just three days before President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Russia's Vladimir Putin - for interfering in the November 2016 presidential election.

Still, Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein said the internet "allows foreign adversaries to attack Americans in new and unexpected ways".

Among the many new details in today's indictment (PDF) of 12 Russian intelligence officers for cyberattacks meant to interfere with the USA presidential election in 2016, one in particular should stand out to techies: the defendants allegedly used Bitcoin to fund the operation.

Before Friday's indictment, Mueller's team had charged 20 individuals and three companies as part of its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to Trump's campaign. The 20 are four former Trump campaign and White House aides, three of whom have pleaded guilty to different crimes and agreed to co-operate, and 13 Russians accused of participating in a hidden but powerful social media campaign to sway USA public opinion in the 2016 election.

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

The DOJ indicts 12 Russian intelligence officials, just days before President Trump is set to meet with Vladimir Putin.

The 29-page indictment lays out how, months before Americans went to the polls, Russians schemed to break into key Democratic email accounts, including those belonging to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "There is no debate that the Russians meddled in the election".

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In all, the Russian officials and their co-conspirators targeted more than 300 people associated with the Clinton campaign and other Democratic Party organizations starting in March 2016, the indictment says.

Mueller is investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation and whether the president has unlawfully sought to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump said he did not know who was orchestrating the election hacking but suggested it was "probably China", adding that if it was hypothetically Russian Federation intelligence, it would show their lack of reverence for the United States.

Hours later, the Main Intelligence Directorate in Moscow appeared to heed the call - targeting Clinton's personal office and hitting more than 70 other Clinton campaign accounts.

Asked by a reporter about the president's claims that the investigation is a witch hunt, Rosenstein said, "I only comment on the evidence". They plan to hold a one-on-one meeting in Helsinki. Stone made statements in August of 2016 which political opponents have argued indicated he knew that Wikileaks was going to leak damaging information on Clinton before it was released. Pure stupidity. But it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation.

"I will absolutely, firmly ask the question, and hopefully we'll have a good relationship with Russian Federation", he told a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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