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Twelve Russian intelligence officers charged over USA election hacking

Twelve Russian intelligence officers charged over USA election hacking

Federal Bureau of Investigation special counsel Robert Mueller's latest round of indictments, against 12 Russian intelligence operatives, has a slew of Florida connections, including naming the source of the 2016 leaks against some Florida Democrats, including Gwen Graham.

In addition, the group visited the websites related to "state and county offices responsible for administering the 2016 US elections" in several states, including Georgia, Iowa, and Florida, to "identify vulnerabilities".

During the campaign, Mr. Trump publicly encouraged Russian Federation to hack Ms. Clinton's e-mails and frequently referenced the hacked documents to assail his opponent.

Meredith Kelly, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in a statement that the "DCCC was the victim of a cybersecurity intrusion during the 2016 election cycle, and this indictment relates to that incident". Among those targeted was John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chairman.

The Kremlin denied anew it tried to sway the election. "Obviously it's important for the president to know what information we've uncovered because he's got to make very important decisions for the country", Rosenstein said.

Putin has denied any election meddling, and Trump has denied any collusion with Russian Federation. The Russians are accused of planting malicious computer code and stole emails and other documents.

Rosenstein said that his team had determined that these 12 Russians were also behind the websites "DCLeaks" and "Guccifer 2.0", which they used to release information that they had stolen through hacking and spearphishing.

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But Friday's indictment was the first by Mueller that directly charges Russia's government with meddling.

But aside from the court battle, the charges in the social media case and Friday's hacking indictment serve one major goal: To shine a light on Russian officials' allegedly criminal attempts to hurt American democracy. However, this impact doesn't mean that the vote count was changed. "This is consistent with what we have been saying all along", said White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters. They wanted opposition research, campaign field operations and voter data, the indictment alleges. On Feb. 16, his prosecutors charged 13 Russians and three Russian entities they said were part of a broader effort to sow discord among USA voters through social media - which they used to impersonate Americans, coordinate with unwitting US activists and even plan rallies. They are accused of taking part in a hidden but powerful social media campaign to influence public opinions in America before the November 2016 elections.

Probe led by United States special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for efforts to hack Democratic computer networks. They work for two units of the main intelligence directorate of the Russian GRU. Among those indictments includes three Trump associates who have pleaded guilty and 14 other Russian citizens.

"President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russian Federation takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won't interfere in future elections", he said.

The charges stemmed from the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Rosenstein said he briefed President Donald Trump on the case earlier this week, prior to Trump's scheduled meeting with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

After the indictments were announced, top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer called on Trump to cancel his meeting with Putin until Russian Federation takes steps to prove it won't interfere in future elections.


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