Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Rosenstein says 12 Russian intel officers indicted in special counsel's probe

Rosenstein says 12 Russian intel officers indicted in special counsel's probe

Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani said in a Tweet after the indictments were unveiled: "The indictments Rod Rosenstein announced are good news for all Americans". People are already anxious about what could happen there.

"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. The Russians are accused of planting malicious computer code and stole emails and other documents.

The indictment includes 11 criminal counts and one forfeiture allegation. Using these methods, the Russians released "tens of thousands of stolen emails and documents".

The candidate was not identified. "We need to work together to hold the perpetrators accountable, and keep moving forward to preserve our values, protect against future interference, and defend America", Mr. Rosenstein said.

What did the hackers find out?

According to the indictment, the hackers also stole personal information of at least 500,000 voters and gained entry to a system involved with voter registration.

If the Russian military had dropped a bomb on the headquarters of a USA political party, it would be an act of war. But it does illustrate that these Russian hackers were carefully watching the US presidential campaign.

At the time of the indictment's announcement, all 12 GRU officers are still at large and believed to be located in Russian Federation.

Mr. Rosenstein said they are not alleging that any votes were changed by the Russian operatives.

After days of sharply criticising U.S. allies, the world will closely watch how the president handles allegations of "virtual" warfare against the USA when he sits down with the man whose military is accused of being behind it all.

With the charges, Mueller's prosecutors have marked out another Internet pathway they say Russian Federation used to influence the US election.

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. He has commented in the past that "a 14-year-old" could have been behind the hacks.

But they indictment says they continued to probe election offices in key states - such as Georgia, Iowa and Florida - for weaknesses.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the indictment emphasized how tough Trump must be on Putin at their summit.

Rosenstein said he briefed President Donald Trump on the case earlier this week, prior to Trump's scheduled meeting with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

Media captionPutin laughs at political chaos in US Who are the defendants?

It's highly doubtful. They will most likely continue to fall in line as Trump enablers even as he embarrasses the United States overseas and takes a political hacksaw to our valuable worldwide alliances. The GRU is an intelligence agency and part of the Russian military. "One GRU unit worked to steal information, while another unit worked to disseminate stolen information", Rosenstein said.

The names of the accused are Viktor Borisovich Netyksho, Boris Alekseyevich Antonov, Dmitriy Sergeyevich Badin, Ivan Sergeyevich Yermakov, Aleksey Viktorovich Lukashev, Sergey Aleksandrovich Morgachev, Nikolay Yuryevich Kozachek, Pavel Vyacheslavovich Yershov, Artem Andreyevich Malyshev, Aleksandr Vladimirovich Osadchuk, Aleksey Aleksandrovich Potemkin, and Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev. The White House has stopped short of saying whether it amounts to a hostile action, but it has ordered sanctions against some Russian spy entities and individuals with ties to Putin using previous special counsel indictments as justification even as the president will not criticize Putin publicly.

The President, who is visiting the United Kingdom right now, maintains and insists that there was no collusion between Russian Federation and himself, his campaign, his family, and his staff, to derail Clinton's White House bid. Three Russian companies have also been charged, along with top Trump advisers Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn.

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