The Justin Department has indicted 12 Russian military officers who were members of G.R.U., a Russian intelligence agency, for alleged crimes related to the hacking and release of Democratic e-mails. The Justice Department says that they were able to hack into Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the Democratic National Committee and released stolen files under the names DCLeaks, Guccifer 2.0 and another unnamed entity. The indictment comes only three days before President Trump is planning to meet with President Vladimir Putin of Russia in Helsinki, Finland.

The indictment details how Russia interfered in the 2016 election and the brazen operations by the Russians to create chaos months before the Election Day. They were able to gain access to Democratic operatives, the hackers then laundered the pilfered material through fake personas called DC Leaks and Guccifer 2.0, as well as others, to try to influence voters. There were also attempts made to break into state election boards and the vigorous efforts by Russian’s top military intelligence service to ruin the campaign of Hillary Clinton.

The indictments in the Muelle investigation continue to grow, while a handful of Americans including Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos, have pleaded guilty in the Russian probe, there have been no indictments on any Americans to accuse of “collusion,” yet.  It will be interesting to see how the investigation will continue to unravel.

According to the indictment, an entity posing as Guccifer 2.0 communicated with a person who was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign. The indictment says that in August 2016, “Guccifer 2.0” wrote to this person, Thank u for writing back . . . do u find anything interesting in the docs I posted?” Two days later, they said, “please tell me if I can help u anyhow . . . it would be a great pleasure to me.” The person that is suspected to be the Trump confidant Roger Stone, he has denied being the person referred to in the indictment.

Former chief of the Justice Department’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, David Laufman says that,

“The detailed charges in this indictment make it unmistakably clear that the United States faces an aggressive, sophisticated adversary bent on using cyber means to subvert our democratic processes and institutions. Now is the time for unequivocal recognition of this threat by both the executive branch and Congress, and for a unified and well-coordinated commitment to confront it.”

Mueller has been working on this investigation since May 2017 to determine if Trump or any of his associates conspired with Russia to interfere in the election. So far his office has filed charges against 32 people on crimes including hacking, money laundering and lying to the FBI. 26 of those charges are Russians who are unlikely to ever be put on trial in the United States.

While all this has been going on Trump has been in the middle of his visit with the queen in England getting criticism from the public for President Donald Trump walking in front of Queen Elizabeth II. Rod Rosenstein has already briefed the president on the indictments, “It was important for the president to know what information we’ve uncovered because he’s got to make very important decisions for the country. He needs to understand what evidence we have of foreign election interference.”

 

(washington post)