United States indicts Russian intel officers ahead of Trump-Putin meet


The accused were part of "active cyber operations to interfere in the 2016 presidential elections", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told a press conference on Friday.

The Kremlin, meanwhile, denied anew that it tried to sway the election.

"So long as we are united in our commitment to the shared values enshrined in the Constitution, they will not succeed", he added.

■ All those indicted were members of the GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency.

Rosenstein said at the time that the Russians had waged "information warfare" against the U.S. during the 2016 campaign, with the aim of "spreading distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general". No Americans are involved.

"Oh", Williams said. "I can't talk more about it until Rosenstein comes out".

The indictments come days before President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16 in a closed conference that will only have interpreters present.

The president has also failed to confirm whether he agrees with the intelligence community about Russia's interference as directed by Putin himself.

Unit 74455, also known as the Main Centre for Special Technology, engineered the release of the stolen documents through a website it created called DCLeaks and the online persona Guccifer 2.0, according to the indictment.

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The charges include counts of criminal conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to launder money, and conspiracy to hack into the computers of state boards and elections. Now, the indictment has confirmed the earlier reports of the solo hacker being Russian intelligence agent.

Stone, a longtime political trickster, has stated that he did not have prior knowledge of WikiLeaks' release of thousands of DNC emails before the 2016 election, a leak that Hillary Clinton and other Democrats have credited with helping Trump take the White House.

Around August 15 of 2016, while "posing as Guccifer 2.0", the hackers "wrote to a person who was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump", according to the indictment.

Some researchers said the indictment might have depended on USA signals intelligence, the fruits of which are rarely revealed because it quotes electronic messages sent to an unidentified organization presumed to be London-based WikiLeaks.

That group appears to match WikiLeaks, which released large numbers of hacked Democratic Party emails during the 2016 campaign.

"The Russians are nailed".

The indictment alleges that Guccifer 2.0 was in touch with multiple Americans in the summer of 2016 about the pilfered material, including an unidentified congressional candidate who requested and then received stolen information. And make no mistake, these indictments are mostly to show that this special counsel is working because no one, including Mueller and Rosenstein, has any faith they will get their day in court with 12 Russians.

Rosenstein said the Americans who were corresponding with the GRU officers were unaware they were Russian operatives.