12 Russian intelligence officers have been indicted for hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, and releasing emails with the intention of impacting the results of the 2016 presidential campaign.
"The goal of this "information attack" is obviously to spoil the atmosphere prior to the Russian-American summit", the ministry said in a statement, referring to the forthcoming meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. leader Donald Trump.
Starting in at least March 2016, the Conspirators used a variety of means to hack the email accounts of volunteers and employees of the US presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton ... including the email account of the Clinton Campaign's chairman...
The GRU officers in Friday's indictment used bitcoin, the famous, high-value, decentralized electronic currency, to pay for the computer network infrastructure they used in their cyberattack.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made the announcement Friday and says the charges are related to hacking the DNC and conspiring to interfere with the 2016 elections.
Read the full indictment below.
Trump himself said he would "firmly ask the question" today but added he doubts Putin would just cop to it in front of him.
Those comments - and another set of remarks Friday in which he again called the Mueller probe a "witch hunt" - came after he'd already been briefed by Rosenstein about the coming indictments.
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Schumer speaks at a news conference earlier this week. Nevins is not named in this indictment, but the revelation that a candidate also communicated with Russian hackers indicates yet another point of contact in a conspiracy that went beyond Trump's campaign.
And the indictment suggests that on July 27, 2016, when Trump said "Russia, if you're listening", it should find Clinton's deleted emails, the Russians were listening. They also created a fake identity, Guccifer 2.0, who claimed to be a Romanian hacker with "totally no relation to the Russian government". Before Friday, 20 people and three companies had been charged in the investigation.
A candidate for Congress asked Russian hackers to provide documents on their campaign's opponent before the 2016 USA election, a charging document says.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the dozen accused used spear phishing emails and malicious software.
Rosenstein said that his team had determined that these 12 Russians were also behind the websites "DCLeaks" and "Guccifer 2.0", which they used to release information that they had stolen through hacking and spearphishing.
A group of leading Democratic senators, including Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of NY, urged Mr. Trump Saturday either to cancel the summit or not to meet alone with Mr. Putin, noting that the Russian president is a veteran spy.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been charged with money laundering and other crimes, while former national security adviser Michael Flynn has admitted lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"Russia didn't beat Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump did".
"I love the United States", Trump continued.