Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Russian intelligence officers charged by Mueller in hack of DNC, Clinton emails

Russian intelligence officers charged by Mueller in hack of DNC, Clinton emails

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that the accounts were hacked as part of a wide-ranging operation ordered by Putin to damage Clinton's bid for the presidency and assist Trump's campaign.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted a dozen Russian intelligence officers in his probe into the Kremlin's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Friday.

The 12, who are members of the GRU, a Russian intelligence agency, are accused of stealing usernames and passwords of volunteers in Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign, including its chairman John Podesta.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation used propaganda and hacking to meddle in the election in an effort to harm Clinton and eventually help Trump.

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Addiechi added that it was not a "proactive campaign" but said "we'll take action against things that are wrong". We've done it with individual broadcasters. "We've done it with our host broadcast services", he said.

He also said the Russian defendants infiltrated computers at US state boards of election and secretaries of state, plus software suppliers whose products help election officials verify voter registration data. They also hacked into the computer network of the Democratic National Committee. They used a scheme known as "spearfishing" which tricked users into disclosing their information that allowed hackers to gain access to emails.

In February this year, Mueller's team unveiled criminal charges against 13 Russians and three Russian companies for interfering in the presidential campaign, using social media and coordinating with low-level Trump campaign activists. The indictment said the Russians adopted false online personas to push divisive messages, traveled to the United States to collect intelligence and staged political rallies while posing as Americans. "It's important for the president to know what evidence we have of foreign interference".

The announcement came just before President Donald Trump is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

The unfolding drama on both sides of the Atlantic reflected how Trump's presidency has been overshadowed by the Mueller probe from its earliest moments and how the investigation frequently tramples the President's attempts to carve out favorable headlines.

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