U.S. jury indicts 12 Russian ‘spies’ on charges of hacking Clinton’s computers

Pauline Gross
July 14, 2018

But he simultaneously denounced the Mueller investigation as a "rigged witch hunt", and said he has been "tougher on Russian Federation than anybody".

As the noted counterintelligence analyst Kenny Loggins once said: "This is it".

In his statement, Schumer called the latest indictments from the probe led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III "further proof of what everyone but the president seems to understand: President Putin is an adversary who interfered in our elections to help President Trump win".

While Trump took tea with Queen Elizabeth, a USA federal grand jury charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with stealing data from the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. They wanted opposition research, campaign field operations and voter data, the indictment alleges.

Here are six takeaways from the indictment and important lessons for the Russian Federation imbroglio.

This is important because of how common this type of attack remains today and will probably remain down the line.

Russian Federation said it was looking forward to the meeting. The ubiquity of email means these techniques and the risk of Russians hacking and dumping will remain highly pernicious.

Rosenstein said that this specific indictment does not contain allegations that Americans committed a crime.

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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.

If you care about how Russians tried to influence our election, this indictment is sobering. Stolen emails, many politically damaging for Clinton, appeared on WikiLeaks in the campaign's final stretch. It is unlikely that they will ever face trial in the US.

If the involvement of the GRU officers in the hacking effort is proved, it would shatter the Kremlin denials of the Russian state's involvement in the USA elections.

It said the officers then "released that information on the internet under the names DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0". "On or about July 22, 2016, Organization 1 released over 20,000 emails and other documents stolen from the DNC network by the [Russians]".

Ivan Sergeyevich Yermakov was part of Antonov's department within Unit 26165, per the indictment. Or do Mueller, Rosenstein and the Justice Department have more in store down the line? "He is not a friend of the United States". Or, as Mueller's office has now documented, the Russians might have used cryptocurrencies. "The use of bitcoin allowed the conspirators to avoid direct relationships with traditional financial institutions, allowing them to evade greater scrutiny of their identities and sources of funds", the indictment said.

According to the Justice Dept., all the alleged hackers work at the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), the country's foreign intelligence service. No Americans are involved.

The attempt to penetrate Clinton's campaign began March 10, 2016, and hit a significant success on March 19 when the Russian intelligence officers busted open the email account of John Podesta, Clinton's campaign chairman, an AP investigation past year found.

President Donald Trump was briefed about the indictments earlier in the week. On July 6, department spokeswoman Heather Nauert condemned the "selective targeting" by Russian Federation of US -funded news organizations.

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