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14 July 2018

Friday was one of those times, as Mr. Mueller and his team indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers for allegedly hacking into the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

The indictments come from the US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who's been charged with investigating any suspected links between Russians and officials with President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Like the criminal case against 13 Russians and three Russian companies that Robert Mueller's Office opened in February, don't expect these Russian spies-turned-hackers to show their faces before a judge. The veiled proxies included an organization named DCLeaks (which claimed to be Americans) and Guccifer 2.0, who claimed to be a single Romanian person.

Putin has denied any election meddling, and Trump has denied any collusion with Russian Federation.

Clinton campaign manager John Podesta's emails were also hacked.

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Those stolen credentials, according to federal prosecutors, were used to hack into the DCCC and the DNC.

"The defendants covertly monitored the computers, implanted hundreds of files containing malicious computer code, and stole emails and other documents."
The indictment said the Russians adopted false online personas to push divisive messages, traveled to the United States to collect intelligence and staged political rallies while posing as Americans.

Mueller has secured indictments against several former Trump campaign aides, including campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn.

Rosenstein related that he had briefed President Trump on the coming charges earlier this week.

The US Justice Department has today announced charges against 12 Russian intelligence officers over hacking offenses that took place during the 2016 presidential election. GRU members have been charged for being behind a "sustained effort" to hack into the DNC network and the presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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The GRU, which answers to the Russian military's General Staff, is part of the state machine and its involvement would indicate that the orders to interfere in the USA election came from the very top.

Thirty-two people have so far been indicted as part of the probe into election interference, which started months after Trump's inauguration in January 2017 and repeatedly described by the president as a "witch-hunt".

The wreckage of what Robert Mueller's team says were Russian strikes on the USA can be measured in damaged reputations and disrupted politics.

"There's no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime", Rosenstein said, adding that the goal of the hacks was to have an impact on the election.

While U.S. intelligence agencies have long blamed Russian Federation for the hack, Friday's indictment lays out for the first time the details of how it is believed to have been carried out by two Moscow-based GRU departments, Units 26165 and 74455.

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Russian agents allegedly used Bitcoin to fund the DNC hack