Russians accused of hacking Democrats in 2016 USA election

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Twelve Russian military intelligence officers hacked into the Clinton presidential campaign and Democratic Party, releasing tens of thousands of stolen communications, in a sweeping effort by a foreign government to meddle in the 2016 USA election, according to a grand jury indictment announced days before President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mueller's newest indictment cast conspiracy charges against 12 Russian intelligence officers that he accused of hacking the servers of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Trump ally Roger Stone told CNN he "probably" was the person referred to in the indictment.

Stone's admission is a reversal of sorts.

The Russian hackers then reportedly went on to share thousands of DNC's confidential messages with Guccifer 2.0, a Romanian hacking group.

In all, the Russian officials and their co-conspirators targeted more than 300 people associated with the Clinton campaign and other Democratic Party organizations starting in March 2016, the indictment says.

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One notable but often forgotten example is that Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., called the claims of Russian Federation hacking the DNC "phony" and "lies" on July 11, 2016.

Earlier Friday, Stone acknowledged to CNN that an exchange in the indictment matches messages he previously released, but initially maintained that he did not believe that he is the unnamed person in the indictment. The indictment alleges they conspired "with persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury".

"Today's charges include no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the campaign and no allegations that the alleged hacking affected the election result", it said. "But even if he was, my communication with him is ex post facto it happens weeks after the WikiLeaks have already published the Democratic National Committee emails and therefore collusion would have to be, would have to be chronological". Guccifer 2.0 offered help and said it would be a "great pleasure".

"As I testified before the house intelligence committee under oath my 24 word exchange with someone on Twitter claiming to be Guccifer 2.0 is benign based on its content context and timing", Stone said in a statement.

Former FBI director James Comey said during congressional testimony a year ago he had "no doubt" the Russian government was behind the DNC hack. "The conspirators responded using the Guccifer 2.0 persona and sent the candidate stolen documents related to the candidate's opponent".

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's wide-net Russian Federation investigation has officially resulted in 191 criminal charges against 35 defendants, and that count may only rise.

In early 2016, Russian intelligence officers obtained a new pool of the virtual currency Bitcoin. And make no mistake, these indictments are mostly to show that this special counsel is working because no one, including Mueller and Rosenstein, has any faith they will get their day in court with 12 Russians.

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