USA grand jury indicts 12 Russian spies in 2016 election hacking

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Striking in the indictment is the stated finding that key sources of leaked information from the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of candidate Hillary Clinton-both DC Leaks and the hacker persona known as Guccifer 2.0-were both the creation and under the control of the GRU, the Russian government's cladenstine intelligence service.

"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. The indictment doesn't specify which state suffered that data breach. It had been sought by special counsel Robert Mueller.

She also emphasized that the indictment did not allege that any American citizen committed a crime, that Americans knew that they were corresponding with Russians, or that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result. "This is consistent with what we have been saying all along", said White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters.

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

Evidence of this includes the mention of state election boards and other non-federal institutions in the document, and its scope, which in essence is a legal attempt to hold the Russian state accountable for wide-ranging intelligence activities. DCLeaks.com, the domain operated by the hackers to post stolen documents, used the name "Carrie Feehan", who wrongly appeared to be a New Yorker.

Friday's indictment comes as Rosenstein faces increased scrutiny from President Trump's backers on Capitol Hill.

The indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller targets 12 Russian intelligence officers for engaging in a sustained effort to hackDemocrats and aides to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Beginning in March 2016, they allegedly used fake identities and bogus accounts to trick volunteers and employees of Clinton's 2016 campaign and gain access to usernames and passwords that they used to steal emails and hack into other computers.

The goal of the conspiracy was to have an impact on the election.

Speaking earlier Friday, before the indictments were announced, Trump said he would ask Putin about the allegations of Russian election meddling.

According to the indictment, the Russian operatives also provided direct assistance to a candidate for the US Congress, who in August 2016 requested and received from "Guccifer 2.0" documents stolen from the DCCC about their opponent. Guccifer also passed along files to an unnamed "Organization 1", which were then released just prior to the start of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. They were members of either Units 26165 or 74455 of the agency, which conducted "large-scale cyber operations" to meddle with the election.

"Donald Trump likes to describe this as a witch hunt".

In addition, the group visited the websites related to "state and county offices responsible for administering the 2016 USA elections" in several states, including Georgia, Iowa, and Florida, to "identify vulnerabilities".

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