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Russians accused of hacking Democrats in 2016 U.S. election

13 July 2018, 08:21 | Erica Roy

US indicts 12 Russians for hacking DNC emails during the 2016 election

Deputy Assistant FBI Director Peter Strzok speaks during a joint committee hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees

A group of Russian military intelligence officers indicted Friday as part of an ongoing investigation into interference in the 2016 US presidential election allegedly used bitcoin to fund their operations.

The hacking was of the DNC, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, including its chairman, John Podesta.

"All 12 are members of GRU, the Russian intelligence agency".

Friday's indictments were disclosed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a press conference in Washington, DC.

In the indictment, which became the latest development in the special counsel investigation headed by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, described the details of the transaction.

The indictments were made public just three days before Trump was set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.


Thirteen Russian nationals and three Russian companies have also been indicted on conspiracy charges related to the Kremlin's efforts to undermine the results of the 2016 election with false propaganda distributed on Facebook and other social media platforms.

Mueller has been investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, as well as possible obstruction of justice on the part of the president, for more than a year.

'Free and fair elections are hard-fought and contentious, and there will always be adversaries who work to exacerbate domestic differences and try to confuse, divide, and conquer us'.

The unfolding drama on both sides of the Atlantic reflected how Trump's presidency has been overshadowed by the Mueller probe from its earliest moments and how the investigation frequently tramples the President's attempts to carve out favorable headlines.

Hours before the Justice Department announcement, Trump complained anew that the special counsel's investigation is complicating his efforts to forge a better working relationship with Russian Federation. "Pure stupidity", he said, referring to Mueller's probe.

Trump has promised to raise the issue of election meddling with Putin, saying Friday he will "absolutely firmly ask the question" during their meeting. "Anything you do, it's always going to be, 'Oh, Russia, he loves Russia'".



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