The special counsel’s office has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking the DNC and the Clinton campaign during the 2016 election.
-12 Russian GRU officials
-Used Bitcoin to pay for servers etc
-targeted DCCC, DNC, and HRC
-Released emails under the names DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0
— Betsy Woodruff (@woodruffbets) July 13, 2018
Hacking that the U.S. intel assessment concluded was approved by the president of Russia. https://t.co/M5xvSOp1di
— Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff) July 13, 2018
The DOJ announcement said officials were “spearphishing volunteers and employees of the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, including the campaign’s chairman.”
It also confirms that Russia created the “fictitious persona Guccifer 2.0” pushing the lie it was just “a lone Romanian hacker responsible for the hacks in the hopes of undermining the allegations of Russian involvement.” (The Daily Beast reported back in March that Guccifer was a Russian intel officer.)
Two years ago this month, Donald Trump––who has constantly attacked the Mueller probe as a “witch hunt”––tweeted “the new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC e-mails… because Putin likes me.”
The new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC e-mails, which should never have been written (stupid), because Putin likes me
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2016
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made comments to the press regarding these new indictments and talking about the seriousness of confronting foreign interference in American elections.
Rosenstein said, “There’s no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime. There’s no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result.”
You can read the full indictment here, and you can watch Rosenstein’s announcement above.
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