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Russian intelligence officers indicted for hacking DNC

Russian intelligence officers indicted for hacking DNC

The GRU also created other ways to pass the material it stole into the public, including a website called DCLeaks and a fake persona called "Guccifer 2.0". No Americans are involved.

Thirty-two people have so far been indicted as part of the probe into election interference, which started months after Trump's inauguration in January 2017 and repeatedly described by the president as a "witch-hunt".

There is no allegation in the indictment that any American participated knowingly in the GRU cyberattacks, Rosenstein said. And these indictments suggest that after Trump's order/plea/joke, Russians did step up their efforts to hack or deliver what turned out to be John Podesta's emails.

A dozen Russian intelligence officers have been indicted by a USA grand jury for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

Russia has denied the hacking, and Trump has said in the past that he believed that Vladimir Putin was telling the truth when the Russian president told him his country was not behind the hacks. They used a network of computers around the world, a system paid for with cryptocurrency, to hide their identities.

They allegedly exploited these identities to release thousands of stolen emails and other documents beginning as early as in June 2016. In February, he brought charges against 13 Russian nationals who allegedly carried out a campaign of social media-fueled information warfare - some of it supporting Trump and disparaging Clinton - that he said was aimed at meddling in the 2016 election. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday the summit will not be canceled.

Those charged include Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, who admitted guilt to one count of lying to investigators on December 1; former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's longtime partner and deputy campaign chair Rick Gates and campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.

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Referring to Mr Mueller's probe, he said: "We do have a political problem where, you know, in the United States we have this stupidity going on".

Earlier Friday during a press conference overseas with his British counterpart, Trump vowed to press Putin about his government's interference in the 2016 American election - though he appeared to leave open, as always, the possibility that he won't.

Those stolen credentials, according to federal prosecutors, were used to hack into the DCCC and the DNC. "Time for Mueller to end this pursuit of the President and say President Trump is completely innocent".

A few hours before the indictments were announced, Trump described the Mueller investigation as a "rigged witch hunt" that is hurting the USA relationship with Russian Federation.

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.

Asked about the timing of the announcement, Rosenstein said it came as "a function of the collection of the facts, the evidence, the law, and a determination that it was sufficient to present the indictment at this time". Pure stupidity. But it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation. A weak EU, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and other worldwide alliances strengthen Russian Federation and serve Putin's interest both at home and globally.