Russian Government implicated in USA election hack for first time

Russian Government implicated in USA election hack for first time

Russian Government implicated in USA election hack for first time

"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.

It was a well-planned, high-tech, and ultimately successful cyber-operation, carried out by the military intelligence agency of a major country.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says that Russian intelligence agents stole information on 500,000 US voters after hacking a state USA election board.

But Representative Jerrold Nadler, top Democrat on the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee said in a Tweet, "Latest indictments from @TheJusticeDept assert Russian agents were behind the hacks and leaking of DNC emails, in order to influence the 2016 election".

A review of the indictment found that on line 22, the special counsel investigation said that Russian intelligence officers spent the better part of 2016 attempting to hack into email accounts associated with the Clinton Campaign.

"The Russian state has never interfered and has no intention of interfering in the USA elections", Mr Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said. 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".

Mueller's indictment appears to mention the transaction, mentioning that in August, 2016, "the conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, transferred approximately 2.5 gigabytes of stolen data from the DCCC to a then-registered state lobbyist and online source of political news". The description matches a contact that longtime Trump associate Roger Stone has previously said he had with Guccifer.

Trump, meanwhile, has been criticized for being reluctant to speak publicly about Russian interference into the campaign. Eleven of the 12 operatives are also charged with money laundering, as they are alleged to have used cryptocurrencies to fund their activities while concealing their connections to the Russian government; and with aggravated identity theft, for using peoples' names and passwords to commit fraud.

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Rosenstein related that he had briefed President Trump on the coming charges earlier this week.

On that scale, these indictments include no additional Americans, and Rosenstein was careful to say that it was the DOJ's position that any American who communicated with these indicted Russians did so unwittingly. He said that Mueller's investigation continues.

The indictments come just days before President Trump is scheduled to meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin during a summit in Helsinki, Finland on July 16.

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Spokeswoman Lindsay Walters adds in her statement that "this is consistent with what we have been saying all along". Federal prosecutors asserted that the Russian hackers corresponded with "several" Americans.

Prior to today, 20 people and three companies had been charged in the Mueller investigation.

Mr Rosenstein said they worked for two units: one was involved in actively stealing information while the other was responsible for disseminating this stolen information.

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