Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Rudy Giuliani touts Russian hacking indictments as 'good news for all Americans'

Rudy Giuliani touts Russian hacking indictments as 'good news for all Americans'

At least 21 states were at least scanned by Russian cyberattacks, and in at least one, the GRU officers broke in completely to a state board of elections website.

It's unlikely the Russians will be taken to court, but naming them shows the investigation is aware of them and their actions.

Today's latest, and nearly certainly not last, indictments in the Russia scandal concern 12 Russian intelligence figures. During the 2016 campaign, the administration warned Moscow about its malicious moves and publicly blamed the country for the hacking and release of stolen emails meant to hurt Clinton's presidential bid. It says the information acquired by "spearfishing" and other hacking techniques was released via online fronts DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0.

Regardless, Trump and his allies have attempted to cast the new charges, which Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Friday, as a win.

The DOJ says the Russians meant to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, and all 12 defendants are members of the GRU, a Russian intelligence agency.

"This exchange is now entirely public and provides no evidence of collaboration or collusion with Guccifer 2.0 or anyone else in the alleged hacking of the DNC emails", said lawyer Grant Smith.

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Trump and Putin will meet in their first official standalone meeting on Monday at the Presidential Palace in Finland . The White House said the release of the charges would not affect the summit.


But just hours before Rosenstein's announcement, the president continued to say the investigation was a "witch hunt" and hurt the relationship between the US and Russian Federation. "Free and fair elections are hard-fought and contentious and there will always be adversaries who work to exacerbate domestic differences and try to confuse, divide and conquer us".

The 11-count indictment names the Russians defendants, alleging they began cyber-attacks in March 2016 on the email accounts of staff for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

One attempt noted in the indictment appeared to come hours after Donald Trump suggested Russians look for Clinton's emails.

Mr Rosenstein said the defendants corresponded with several Americans during the alleged conspiracy, but added there is no allegation that any United States citizen committed a crime.

Mueller previously indicted 13 Russians and three companies for allegedly interfering in the presidential vote.

President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed former President Barack Obama for Russia's election interference, tweeting the day after a grand jury indicted a dozen Kremlin intelligence officials that his predecessor should've done "something about it".

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Czeck, had been arrested. "If you tried to duplicate this millions of times, I don't think you'd be able to do that", Scott said. He was found and arrested in Inver Grove Heights and is now being held in the Dakota County Jail, where charges are pending.


If the involvement of the GRU officers in the hacking effort is proved, it would shatter the Kremlin denials of the Russian state's involvement in the USA elections. The deputy attorney general added that the defendants worked for two units of the Russian intelligence service, the GRU.

The indictment says July 27 was the first time Clinton's personal office was targeted.

Was Russia listening, after all? "It really hurts our relationship with Russian Federation".

Trump is scheduled to meet with Putin on Monday in Helsinki.

Among the new details: the conspirators allegedly first tried to compromise email accounts used by Clinton's personal office on July 27, 2016, the same day that Trump appeared to urge Russian Federation to go after her emails at a campaign press conference in Florida.

His probe led to the 12 indictments announced on Friday by the Justice Department.

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