Russia

Russian Intelligence Officers Indicted for Hacking Democrats

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

This is not the first time a group of Russians have been indicted by special prosecutor Robert Mueller for interfering in the 2016 election, but this is the first time direct employees of the Russian government have been indicted.

The special counsel's office returned a grand jury indictment today accusing 12 Russian intelligence officers of conceiving and implementing the plan to hack the Clinton campaign and multiple Democratic party offices including the DNC and DCCC.

We've long said that Robert Mueller knows far more than we do and that's reflected in this incredibly detailed indictment which you can read for yourself right here.

The indictment names each individual Russian intelligence officer responsible for the hack, including their full responsibilities from testing to deploying the malware they used to monitor dozens of Democratic computers.

What's really interesting are the subjects that are not directly named in the indictment.

For example, it's fairly clear that this passage refers to Wikileaks:

The Conspirators also used the Guccifer 2.0 persona to release additional stolen documents through a website maintained by an organization ("Organization 1") that had previously posted stolen documents from U.S. persons, entities, and the U.S. Government.

Quite shockingly, this passage from the indictment says an unnamed congressional candidate asked for the Russians for stolen documents.

On or about August 15th, 2016, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, received a request for stolen documents from a candidate for the U.S. Congress. The Conspirators responded using the Guccifer 2.0 persona and sent the candidate stolen documents related to the candidate's opponents.

Everyone is going to be asking who this is and I'm sure we'll know soon.

Much more to come.

  • muselet

    I doubt any of the indicted Russians or anyone from Organization 1 will ever see the inside of a federal courtroom.

    I am even more certain that bricks will be shat this weekend by many Rs.

    –alopecia

  • katanahamon

    Rump himself publicly asked for them to provide Clinton’s emails. Time to lock them all up. Their faux outrage at the Strzok hearing really pisses me off!!

  • The news that the Russians were messing around in Congressional races really should motivate more voters in midterm elections. But our glorious Fourth Estate hasn’t been communicating the fact that this happened and it’s frigging important! And it certainly explains why so many GOP members are carrying Trumpov’s and Putin’s water lately.

    • Victor the Crab

      And why should they? The Liberally Biased Mainstream Media™ finds it more important to keep their precious Republican contacts rather than do their job and uncover the truth. Otherwise, their generous stockholders will stop making their donations and all hell will break loose.

  • ninjaf

    I hope Mueller is gathering evidence that ensnares Pence, too.

    • Scopedog

      Considering that Pence headed up the transition team and still let Flynn in despite Yates warning about Flynn being compromised…it’s entirely possible that yes, Mueller does have something on Pence.

  • Badgerite

    Benjamin Wittes twitter cannon:
    BOOOMMM!!!!

  • Aynwrong

    The corruption is all encompassing. Top to bottom. Stem to stern. Through and through all the way to it’s core.

    It’s the entire Republican party. It can not be saved.

    • Badgerite

      It could. But it would need to put the country first and especially to have some regard for the truth in political debate. Currently, they do not. They passed a tax bill based on nothing but orders from their largest donors.
      It has no policy basis. It is payback for the donations. A bribe. And they know it.
      And now they’ve sold out to a hostile foreign power for the same purpose. To cling to power and privilege for themselves and what they perceive as their political tribe. They stand for nothing, anymore.
      Except, they’ll hate who you hate. That isn’t good for the country or the people.

      • Draxiar

        I’ve recently wondered if trump and his GOP (Goons of Putin) suddenly came clean and said, “Okay folks, we’re in waaay over our heads and this whole thing spun out of hand. Here’s what happened and we’d like to fix it and make right.” (I know…take a minute to finish your stroke inducing laughter). Would the American people even believe them? Would we give them mercy? Would I lend them mercy? Would I even believe they’d be acting in good faith? I think all I would want from them is serve the rest of their lives in prison…and I don’t think I’d ever give them mercy…not for selling out the country.

        • Badgerite

          trump will never “come clean”. He and his family have no conscience and no loyalty to anyone but themselves.
          The gop has actually been betraying our representative system of government for some time now. Decades. Trying to disenfranchise legitimate voting blocks is a betrayal of our core values as a nation as is using the legal system and government oversight illegitimately for partisan purposes. Or as John Dean once noted in a memo to Nixon, “the exciting prospect of using the levers of power to screw our political enemies.” But now, they have gone beyond that and into treasonous behavior that jeopardizes our long time alliances with other democratic countries and trading partners and the stability of the world.
          They have also played those who would like to believe there was a limit to how far they would go for suckers. They have knowingly and intentionally attacked basic law enforcement in this country.
          Honorable people who have given their lives in service to our laws and our values. I agree that It is surely very hard to trust them at this point.

          • Draxiar

            Oh yeah, I don’t expect them to ever come clean. Honestly, a big part of me hopes they don’t but that they’re found hopelessly guilty of their numerous crimes and never pardoned spending the rest of their lives hammering rocks all day.

  • Username1016

    Dana Rohrabacher?

    • Aynwrong

      That was my first thought as well.

      • katanahamon

        I despise him, Gowdy, and Gohmert.

    • ninjaf

      Who was that dude in Florida? I can’t remember his name.