Although the broad outlines of the Russian hacking and influence campaign ahead of the 2016 United States election have been widely reported, the indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers by special counsel Robert Mueller describes for the first time the identities, techniques and tactics of the operation to disrupt American democracy. "President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russian Federation takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won´t interfere in future elections", Schumer said in a statement. Many observers noted that Rosenstein had briefed the president on the indictment days before it was released - casting his continued attacks on Mueller's investigation, and his continued fondness of Putin, in an even more suspicious light. They are accused of taking part in a hidden but powerful social media campaign to influence public opinions in America before the November 2016 elections.
The Kremlin, meanwhile, denied anew that it tried to sway the election.
The retiring Republican senator also "is hopeful that as the investigation continues, we can do what we need to protect future elections from foreign interference", Whitlock said. There was the U.S. congressional candidate who asked for the material, the state lobbyist who received stolen personal identifications of 2,000 Democratic donors and the journalist who took a release of documents related to the Black Lives Matter movement. Roger received no information from Guccifer 2.0 or dcLeaks, nor did he provide any counsel to them. He initially served as an adviser to Trump's 2016 campaign but left amid controversy in 2015.
The indictment does not allege that that any Americans, including Trump campaign officials, were knowingly in contact with Russian intelligence officers. It said there was no evidence that the 12 people charged were linked to military intelligence or hacking.
"There´s no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in announcing the charges at a press conference in Washington. "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".
"In a second related conspiracy, Russian GRU officers hacked the website of a state election board and stole information of about 500,000 voters".
The GRU, which answers to the Russian military's General Staff, is part of the state machine and its involvement would indicate that the orders to interfere in the US election came from the very top.
"To further avoid creating a centralized paper trail of all of their purchases, the Conspirators purchased infrastructure using hundreds of different email accounts, in some cases using a new account for each purchase...(they) used fictitious names and addresses in order to obscure their identities and their links to Russia and the Russian government". "Mr. Putin is a trained KGB intelligence veteran who will come to this meeting well-prepared".
Democratic leaders immediately called for Trump to cancel Monday´s scheduled meeting with the Russian president in Helsinki, but the White House said the summit would go ahead.
"The defendants falsely claimed DCLeaks was American and that Guccifer 2.0 was a sole Romanian hacker", Rosenstein said.
"The last indictment of Russians involved the so-called troll factories and online bot farms that were causing issues on Twitter", said John Bambenek, vice president at security firm ThreatStop Inc.