Texas connections of note in the latest Russian meddling indictment

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 16, 2018

President Donald Trump on Saturday scolded the Obama administration for not responding aggressively enough to Russian hacking of Democratic targets in the 2016 USA election - cyberattacks underpinning the indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers.

The two accounts banned by Twitter in the wake of the indictment-DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0-are alleged to have been controlled by Russian agents and were used to leak emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in an attempt to influence the 2016 election.

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. They also allegedly targeted a state election board, identified by U.S. officials as IL. All twelve defendants have been accused of trying to unlawfully gain access to confidential information related to former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who announced the indictments, disappointed the Clinton camp by once again emphatically stating, "There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime".

During a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday, Mr Trump also said the Russian Federation collusion allegations dogging his presidency were "pure stupidity".

■ They released the materials by creating fictitious online personas, including "DCLeaks" and "Guccifer 2.0".

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE handed down indictments on Friday against 12 Russian intelligence officers, saying that they interfered in the 2016 USA elections.

Sen. Orrin Hatch is pleased to see that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is yielding "important results", his spokesman, Matt Whitlock said.

Robert Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director has always been against Trump and was vehemently against any Russian collusion during the elections.

The charges come as Mr. Mueller continues to investigate potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. No Americans are involved.

The GRU officials, who're part of the Russian military, have also been indicted on charges of engaging "in a sustained effort to hack" the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) private databases.

"The conspirators covertly monitored the computers of dozens of DCCC and DNC employees, implanted hundreds of files containing malicious computer code, and stole emails and other documents", it said.

The Russian hackers' scheme to steal thousands of documents from the Democrats, as described in the indictment, used simple but effective tools to breach their targets many times and in multiple ways.

On Aug. 15, 2016, the indictment says, Guccifer 2.0 reached out to someone in contact with the Trump campaign and asked the person if they had seen anything "interesting in the docs I posted?"

Special counsel Robert Muller's office declined to comment Friday.

It has been widely reported that Obama tried to push a bipartisan response to Russian election interference in September 2016 but that the effort was "watered down" by Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, former Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough said.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE