USA indicts 12 Russians for hacking DNC emails during the 2016 election

Leroy Wright
July 14, 2018

One thing is very clear from Friday's indictment of 12 Russian spies: The Justice Department believes the Russian government hacked Democrats' emails during the election to try to hurt Hillary Clinton's chances of winning.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein holds a news conference at the Department of Justice on Friday.

The DOJ also accused the 12 suspects of conspiring to hack into the computers of state boards of elections, secretaries of state, and USA companies that produced software used by states for administering elections.

"One of those defendants and a 12th Russian are charged with conspiring to infiltrate computers of organizations involved in administering elections".

The indictment comes just three days before the president is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Helsinki. That includes allegations of hacking emails of the Democratic National Committee. "This is consistent with what we have been saying all along", deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters releasing a statement.

The Russians named in the indictment discussed how and when to release material they'd accumulated in order to make the biggest political splash inside the United States, Rosenstein said. Given that we are mere months away from a massively important state and local midterm election, you'd think people would be more concerned about protecting us from the continuing threat of Russian interference.

It also states that in July 2016 the Russian team hacked the website of an unnamed state board of elections and "stole information related to approximately 500,000 voters, including names, addresses, partial social security numbers, dates of birth, and driver's license numbers".

"The defendants accessed email accounts of volunteers and employees of a USA presidential campaign, including the campaign chairman starting in March of 2016", the deputy attorney general said.

One of the Russian units worked to steal information, and another was created to disseminate the information, Rosenstein said.

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There is no allegation in the indictment that any American participated knowingly in the GRU cyberattacks, Rosenstein said.

The description matches a contact that longtime Trump associate Roger Stone has previously said he had with Guccifer.

"The internet allows foreign adversaries to attack Americans in new and unexpected ways", Rosenstein said.

If Trump does not force Putin to account for this criminal cyber act of war against the sanctity of our democracy, against our institutions that run elections and against individual American voters, the president's unfitness for office, his incapability to keep America safe and his inability to lead effectively will be crystal clear to the world.

Prosecutors say that in August 2016, a USA congressional candidate requested and received from stolen documents related to an opponent from an online persona created by the Russian cabal.

But Mr. Podesta said he was skeptical that Americans were unaware they were communicating with Russians, citing USA intelligence reports linking Gufficer 2.0 and DCLinks to that country's operatives.

In February, Mueller charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies in an elaborate conspiracy to interfere in the election.

Count Ten charges those eleven conspirators with money laundering for transferring cryptocurrencies through a web of transactions in order to purchase computer servers, register domains, and make other payments in furtherance of their hacking activities, while trying to hide their connections to Russian Federation.

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