Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

DOJ charges 12 Russian intel officers for election hacking

DOJ charges 12 Russian intel officers for election hacking

That's according to a grand jury indictment Friday charging 12 Russian military intelligence officers with hacking into the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party as part of a sweeping conspiracy by the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 USA election.

The indictment doesn't identify the person, though longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone acknowledged through his lawyer Friday a "24-word exchange with someone on Twitter claiming to be Guccifer 2.0".

The indictment also provides insight into how the Russians who worked for the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency meddled in the US political process through social media. His team is investigating efforts by Russian Federation to influence the 2016 US presidential election. "Time for Mueller to end this pursuit of the President and say President Trump is completely innocent", Giuliani said. "Trump did not call on, or invite, Russia or anyone else to hack Hillary Clinton's emails.' Instead, Jason Miller suggested, Trump was saying the Russians already had the data because Clinton's server wasn't secure". "I think people are interpreting this as just one more drip".

The Russian hackers' scheme to steal thousands of documents from the Democrats, as described in the indictment, used simple but effective tools to breach their targets many times and in multiple ways.

The 29-page document, drafted by a team overseen by special counsel Robert Mueller, says that in the months leading up to the November 2016 election, the Russians used fairly simple methods to steal documents from the Democratic Party and the Clinton Campaign. As the Kremlin said last week, a one-one-one meeting with you "absolutely suits" him. Back in 2016, Wikileaks published a DNC email dump that disclosed private conversations.

The Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeak accounts have been dormant for at least a year and a half, but were suspended less than 30 hours after the Mueller indictment.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) released an indictment on July 13 charging twelve Russian nationals with committing federal crimes - funded by cryptocurrencies - with the aim of "interfering" in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

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Clinton campaign manager John Podesta's emails were also hacked, which contained details of infighting and aides' disparaging remarks about Mrs Clinton.

Besides embarrassing the Democratic Party by distributing the contents of DNC emails about rigging the election, the Russians made public by timely dispatch to WikiLeaks how populist and contender Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was kicked to the curb.

It also alleges a congressional candidate asked Guccifer 2.0 for stolen documents, which the candidate then received. They are alleged to be behind the website DCLeaks and the fake persona Guccifer 2.0 that had everyone scuttering about searching for someone to hold responsible for the damning information pouring out of WikiLeaks nearly daily.

"Today's charges include no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the campaign and no allegations that the alleged hacking affected the election result", White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters said in a statement.

A copy of the grand jury indictment against 12 Russian intelligence officers is seen after being filed in US District Court.

Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, did not address the indictment directly in a statement but said he has "always supported the special counsel and the investigation should continue unimpeded".

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