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12 Russian spies indicted in 2016 election hacking

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12 Russian spies indicted in 2016 election hacking

12 Russian spies indicted in 2016 election hacking

A federal grand jury on Friday indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers on charges of hacking the computer networks of 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party, the Justice Department said.

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12 Russian spies indicted in 2016 election hacking

DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROD ROSENSTEIN ON FRIDAY UNVEILED INDICTMENTS AGAINST 12 RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS ALLEGING THEY ENGAGED IN A SWEEPING HACKING OPERATION TO INTERFERE WITH THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.

(SOUNDBITE) ROD ROSENSTEIN, DEPUTY U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL, SAYING: "The indictment charges 12 Russian military officers by name... 11 of the defendants are charged with conspiring to hack into computers, steal documents and release those documents with the intent to interfere in the election..." ROSENSTEIN SAID THE TWELVE, WHO WORKED FOR AN UNIT OF THE RUSSIAN MILITARY KNOWN AS THE G-R-U … INSTALLED SOFTWARE ON COMPUTERS TO SPY ON UNSUSPECTING USERS IN THE U.S. THE TARGETS INCLUDING HILLARY CLINTON'S CAMPAIGN AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

THE CHARGES - FROM THE OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER -- SAY RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE ALSO HACKED A U.S. ELECTION BOARD..

STEALING DATA ON 500,000 VOTERS.

FRIDAY'S INDICTMENTS ADDS TO THE 13 OTHER ELECTION -RELATED INDICTMENTS AGAINST RUSSIA OPERATIVES … AS WELL AS SEVERAL FORMER CAMPAIGN AIDES, INCLUDING CAMPAIGN MANAGER PAUL MANAFORT AND FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR MICHAEL FLYNN.

(SOUNDBITE) ROD ROSENSTEIN, DEPUTY U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL, SAYING: "I briefed President Trump about these allegations earlier this week.

The president is fully aware of the Department's actions today." THE INDICTMENT COMING AMID PRESIDENT TRUMP'S VISIT TO BRITAIN… AND DAYS BEFORE TRUMP HOLDS A ONE-ON-ONE SUMMIT WITH RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN MONDAY IN HELSINKI..

PUTTING PRESSURE ON TRUMP TO RAISE THE CYBER ATTACKS WITH PUTIN..

WHICH HE SAID HE WOULD DO AT AN EARLIER NEWS CONFERENCE WITH BRITISH PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY.



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