The United States Justice Department has announced charges against 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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Among the many new details in today's indictment (PDF) of 12 Russian intelligence officers for cyberattacks meant to interfere with the U.S. presidential election in 2016, one in particular should stand out to techies: the defendants allegedly used Bitcoin to fund the operation.
The special counsel investigation has produced more than 100 criminal counts against 32 people and three companies, according to a count from The New York Times. That includes four former Trump campaign and White House aides and 13 Russians accused of participating in a hidden but powerful social media campaign to sway American public opinion in the 2016 election.
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Mr Trump and Mr Putin are scheduled to hold talks on Monday in Finland, a meeting largely sought by Mr Trump. In the first reaction from Trump's legal team, Giuliani calls the indictments "good news for all Americans", but falsely claims that "no Americans are involved".
To help mask their Russian origins, the military officers used networks of computers located across the world, including in the United States, and paid for it using Bitcoin.
Mr Rosenstein said the defendants corresponded with several Americans during the alleged conspiracy, but added there is no allegation that any USA citizen committed a crime. "There is no allegation in the indictment that the Americans knew they were communicating with Russian intelligence officers", Rosenstein said.
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"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing, I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press", Trump said in a July 27, 2016 news conference.
Hours before the Justice Department announcement, Mr Trump complained anew that the special counsel's investigation is complicating his efforts to forge a better working relationship with Russian Federation.
The dates and content of the messages described in the indictment between the USA person in regular contact with senior members of Trump's presidential campaign and Guccifer 2.0 match verbatim two screenshots Stone published on his website in March of 2017 of the direct message exchange he had with Guccifer 2.0 on Twitter in 2016.
Hours later, the Main Intelligence Directorate in Moscow appeared to heed the call - targeting Clinton's personal office and hitting more than 70 other Clinton campaign accounts. Pure stupidity. But it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation. "Anything you do, it's always going to be, 'Oh, Russia, he loves Russia"'. Trump said Friday before the indictment was released that he planned to ask Putin about Russia's election interference.
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