The United States Justice Department has announced that 12 members of the GRU, a Russian federation intelligence agency of the Russian military, have been indicted in the Robert Mueller Russian probe, accusing the defendeats of engaging in a sustained effort to hack Democrats’ emails and computer networks.
The DOJ said the hacking, which occurred while the GRU members were acting in there “their official capacities”, targeted Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee with the intention to release the information obtained over the internet under the names DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 and another entity to interfere with the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.
The DOJ affirms that no Americans had any knowledge of the hacking, nor were there any evidence of American collusion in the hacking. “There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said at a news conference, “There is no allegation that the conspiracy altered the vote count or changed any election result.”
The indictment said that officers of the GRU covertly monitored computers from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign and Democratic campaign committees and had stolen large amounts of data.