Thirteen Russians charged in alleged plot to interfere in USA presidential election

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 18, 2018

They traveled throughout the West, South and Midwest, to NY and elsewhere. It bought space on US computer servers and spread distrust. That enabled them to connect from their headquarters in St. Petersburg and, using a virtual private network, post on Facebook and Twitter while appearing to be inside the United States. It also marks the first criminal charges against Russians believed to have secretly worked to influence the outcome. How many meetings might have taken place between intelligence officers or their agents and American political organizations that might have been infiltrated, for example?

It is not illegal for a foreign national to voice an opinion on US politics or candidates. As recently as this week, top intelligence officials told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Trump had not issued any directive to them to take action against Russian Federation in response to the interference operation.

The 13 individuals and three entities indicted on February 16 join the four former members of the Trump campaign - George Papadopoulos, Rick Gates, Paul Manafort, and Mike Flynn - who have already faced charges and plead guilty on charges relating to Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

In one instance, defendants asked a U.S. citizen to build a cage for someone to stand in dressed as Clinton in a prison uniform.

Those Americans did not know they were dealing with Russians, who had created fake American identities, according to the indictment.

In August 2016, Russians posing as Americans exchanged emails with the chairman of the Trump campaign "in a particular Florida county" and asked for help organizing rallies.

This insight, which might appear obvious to Americans, was treated as a major gem by the Russian influence operatives. In October 2016, according to the indictment, one Russian-controlled Instagram account called Woke Blacks posted a message saying: "Hatred for Trump is misleading the people and forcing Blacks to vote Killary". "I respect them very much". As outsiders they might not have known or trusted that a lot of voter information was already public in lists bought and sold by political campaign professionals.

The Russians muddied the waters by sponsoring a handful of anti-Trump groups - including backing post-election "Trump is not my President" rallies in NY and Charlotte - as well as setting up and directing anti-Clinton operations.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing Mueller's investigation, announced the indictments at a February 16 press conference. So the president conceded the fact of the attack while modifying his position again.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders followed with a statement echoing the "no collusion" claim in capital letters. The investigation is not over, however, and Rosenstein did not go so far as to say there was no collusion. "If they want to see the devil - let them".

The indictment broadly echoes the conclusions of a January 2017 USA intelligence community assessment, which found that Russian Federation had meddled in the election, and that its goals eventually included aiding Trump, the Republican candidate who went on to win a surprise victory over Democratic Party candidate Clinton in November 2016.

The charges are the first formal acknowledgement from Mueller of what many had already come to suspect and accept: that troll factories in Russian Federation, with the Kremlin's blessing, had formed in the run-up to the 2016 elections to sow chaos in the United States and stir up fear, uncertainty, and doubt. There will be no status hearings or jury selection or opening arguments.

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