The US Justice Department on Friday filed criminal indictments that accused 12 Russian intelligence officers of carrying out the 2016 hacks on the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of Hillary Clinton.
But aside from the court battle, the charges in the social media case and Friday's hacking indictment serve one major objective: To shine a light on Russian officials' allegedly criminal attempts to hurt American democracy.
U.S. indicts 12 Russian intelligence agents over 2016 election hacking
USA intelligence agencies have said the meddling was aimed at helping the Trump campaign and harming the election bid of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
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At least seven people associated with longtime Trump friend Roger Stone have been contacted by Mueller, ABC News has determined through interviews with witnesses and others who confirmed they have been contacted.
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But peaking on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time", Stone changed his tune, suggesting he was the USA person named in the Russian Federation indictment. They included my exchange with Guccifer which is now public, in the indictment.
In fact, there is no evidence in the indictment that proves that activities of the Russian agents had any influence either on the votes cast by Americans in the USA election or its results. These incidents can be traced back to July 2016 when the DNC revealed that their computer systems had been infiltrated by two different Russian entities known as "Cozy Bear" and "Fancy Bear". "This has gone from being a matter of curiosity and a matter of politics to being a national security issue", the Clinton campaign said in a statement after Trump's remarks.
The mercurial veteran GOP political operative, Roger Stone, has acknowledged that he is the unnamed Trump campaign regular who corresponded with Russian hackers, as described in a new indictment against a dozen Russians returned Friday by a federal grand jury. The indictment also alleges that organization 1 released the first set off emails from the chairman of the Clinton campaign on October 7, 2016, which is the same day WikiLeaks released the first batch of John Podesta's emails.
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Prosecutors say weeks later, Guccifer 2.0 referred to a stolen DCCC document posted online and asked the person, "what do u think of the info on the turnout model for the democrats entire presidential campaign".
"Today's charges include no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the campaign and no allegations that the alleged hacking affected the election result", White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters said in a statement.
Nunberg briefly served on the Trump campaign in its early days, but drew headlines this year after he publicly refused to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is probing potential collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. The Russian officials allegedly then obtained "thousands of stolen emails and documents" that they released through the domain DCLeaks.com while promoting themselves as "American hacktivists".
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Special counsel Robert Muller's office declined to comment Friday.