Texas connections of note in the latest Russian meddling indictment

Texas connections of note in the latest Russian meddling indictment

A federal grand jury on Friday charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016, in the most detailed USA accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the presidential election to help Republican Donald Trump. Stone is not implicated in the hackers' theft of Democratic emails, but appears to be one of several Americans whose interactions with the alleged hackers are detailed in the new indictment.

Furthermore, the operation was consequential.

The indictments, announced by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, were released just days before President Donald Trump was set to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin in their first one-on-one summit meeting on July 16 in Helsinki. A hacker using the moniker Guccifer 2.0 - later linked by security experts to Russian Federation - claimed credit for the leaks, but others did too, leaving the culprits unclear.

Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said on Twitter that the indictments "are good news for all Americans".

State secretaries of state and other top election officials are meeting in Philadelphia amid fresh allegations of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential elections. No Americans are involved.

"One unit engaged by stealing information, a different unit by disseminating the information", Rosenstein said.




The indictment also provides insight into how the Russians who worked for the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency meddled in the USA political process through social media.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirtsjen Nielsen said Saturday that her agency has not seen levels of Russian interference in USA political activity close to the levels reported during the 2016 election.

Sam Nunberg, a longtime associate of Roger Stone, told TMN on Friday that he is confident Stone did not know the actual identity of Guccifer 2.0, whom the Justice Department named as an alias for Russian military officials seeking to sway the 2016 election.

Prosecutors say weeks later, Guccifer 2.0 referred to a stolen DCCC document posted online and asked the person, "what do u think of the info on the turnout model for the democrats entire presidential campaign". He called on the special counsel to "end this pursuit of the president and say President Trump is completely innocent". The indictment adds county offices - specifically in Georgia, Florida and Iowa - to the list of election administration sites they allegedly visited 'to identify vulnerabilities'. It said there was no evidence that the 12 people charged were linked to military intelligence or hacking.

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

Although a February indictment accused other Russians of spying and spreading propaganda on social media, it did not link those efforts with hacking, phishing attempts or distribution of hacked information to Republican operatives, a Republican congressional candidate and websites such as DCLeaks, which published the purloined material. "At or around the same time, they also targeted seventy-six email addresses at the domain for the Clinton campaign".

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