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Russian intelligence officers indicted over USA election hacking

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Rod Rosenstein

In February, Mr Mueller charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies in an elaborate conspiracy to interfere in the election. The court document explicitly states that there is no allegation any vote count was changed or election affected in any direct way. There is no allegation in the indictment that any American was a knowing participant in the alleged unlawful activity or knew they were communicating with Russian intelligence officers. "This is consistent with what we have been saying all along", said White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters.

"The indictments Rod Rosenstein announced are good news for all Americans". According to USA Today, some were wondering whether Rosenstein might announce indictments because that's what he did last time he called an unexpected press conference.

He said the hackers did interact with some Americans in the course of their efforts, but noted those people had not been charged with a crime.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

The indictment released Friday refers to "a person who was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump" who was contacted by the Russian officers under the guise of the hacker Guccifer 2.0.

The charges include counts of criminal conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to launder money, and conspiracy to hack into the computers of state boards and elections. "On or about July 22, 2016, Organization 1 released over 20,000 emails and other documents stolen from the DNC network by the [Russians]".

The Department hasn't alleged if any Trump advisers colluded with Russian Federation to interfere with the presidential campaign.

The inquiry is looking into USA intelligence findings if the Russians conspired to favour the election in Trump's victory, and whether any of his campaign associated were involved in the conspiracy.

Trump has frequently dismissed the Russian Federation probe as a "witch hunt" and expressed his anger that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from overseeing the investigation.

"Please tell me if i can help u anyhow.it would be great pleasure to me", Guccifer 2.0 wrote, according to the indictment.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special counsel Robert Mueller's latest round of indictments, against 12 Russian intelligence operatives, has a slew of Florida connections, including naming the source of the 2016 leaks against some Florida Democrats, including Gwen Graham.

But with Mueller still investigating, it's not known whether further indictments are taking shape or will. They are accused of taking part in a hidden but powerful social media campaign to influence public opinions in America before the November 2016 elections. With that said, there is a chance this information may have been used during the primaries between same-party candidates as well, but with primaries nearly over in most states by the August 15 date cited in the indictment, this seems less likely.

"We do have a - a political problem where - you know in the United States we have this stupidity going on", he said.

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