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United States indicts 12 Russian spies on 2016 election meddling charges

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Faye Gross | 14 July, 2018, 02:42

JORGE SILVA/REUTERS/NewscomDeputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein just announced that a grand jury has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking into the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, and arranging for the release of internal communications for the goal of influencing the outcome of the 2016 election.

At a Friday afternoon press conference, Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein confirmed indictments against 12 Russian intelligence officers who were part of the effort to hack the DNC and Clinton's campaign.

The Special Counsel's Office declined to comment Friday as to why the organization that published the documents, the U.S. Congressional candidate who asked for stolen documents and the person who communicated with the conspirators and with the Trump campaign were not charged in the indictment.

The US Justice Department has today announced charges against 12 Russian intelligence officers over hacking offenses that took place during the 2016 presidential election.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said no Americans knew they were communicating with Russians in this indictment and he had no evidence that the outcome of the election was affected.

Mr Trump and Mr Putin are scheduled to hold talks on Monday in Finland, a meeting largely sought by Mr Trump.

Rosenstein said the Americans who were corresponding with the GRU officers were unaware they were Russian operatives.

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The 11-count indictment spells out in granular detail a carefully planned and executed attack on the information security of Democrats, implanting hundreds of malware files on Democrats' computer systems, stealing information and then laundering the pilfered material through fake personas and others to try to influence voters' opinions. With that said, there is a chance this information may have been used during the primaries between same-party candidates as well, but with primaries nearly over in most states by the August 15 date cited in the indictment, this seems less likely.

Because Mueller has maintained public silence on his investigation, Rosenstein has made the few public pronouncements on the probe outside of legal documents and courtroom proceedings.

First, that it appears to have been unimpeded by continual charges from President Trump and others that it is an illegitimate, partisan "witch hunt".

The suspects, according to the indictment, were attached to two military divisions of Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate, known as the GRU - Unit 26165 and Unit 74455.

The Russia investigation has now led to charges against 32 people, including previous charges against 14 Russian nationals for their work on spreading Russian-based propaganda. "There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime".

The charges come as Mueller continues to investigate potential co-ordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the presidential election.

At the time of the indictment's announcement, all 12 GRU officers are still at large and believed to be located in Russian Federation.

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