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

Lester Mason
July 13, 2018

The indictments were filed by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, who is investing possible collusion between the presidential campaign of President Donald Trump and the Russian spies United States intelligence agencies say interfered with the 2016 election.

Rosenstein said the hackers stole emails, files, and other documents, accessing the systems by creating fictitious online personas.

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that the accounts were hacked as part of a wide-ranging operation ordered by Putin to damage Clinton's bid for the presidency and assist Trump's campaign.

A federal grand jury has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers on charges related to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

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.

In 2016, thousands of emails from Democratic party officials were leaked and posted by WikiLeaks.

"The new joke in town is that Russian Federation leaked the disastrous DNC e-mails, which should never have been written (stupid), because Putin likes me", Trump tweeted in July 2016.

The indictment was announced at nearly exactly the moment that Trump rolled into the quadrangle of Windsor Castle to meet the awaiting Queen Elizabeth II in the symbolic highpoint of his visit to Britain.

Rosenstein said that while the defendants corresponded with several Americans through the internet, there was "no allegation in the indictment that the Americans knew they were communicating with Russian intelligence officers".

He continued: "Before these new indictments, these Russian individuals, Mueller had already brought forward 79 criminal charges against 20 individuals and three companies resulting in five guilty pleas and one sentencing".

In the face of alleged foreign interference, Rosenstein urged unity and patriotism against foreign interference.

"The partisan warfare fueled by modern technology does not fairly reflect the grace and dignity of the American people", he continued.

The PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.

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