Russia using social media to divide Americans

Hannah Rogers
July 16, 2018

Special counsel Robert Mueller described infamous hacker Guccifer 2.0 as a Russian agent in his latest indictment released Friday, a direct contradiction of what Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, claimed past year.

"When we confront foreign interference in American elections, it is important for us to avoid thinking politically as Republicans or Democrats and instead to think patriotically as Americans", he said.

But according to criminal charges filed Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller, Guccifer 2.0 was actually operated by a group of Russian military intelligence officers based in Moscow. Charges also include tampering with elections software, although it isn't clear whether the hackers influenced the electoral voting process.

The transactions were detailed in an indictment from the Justice Department.

"Depending on what other evidence Mueller has, it might start to look like the walls are starting to close in on the President and his closest associates".

Charges levied against the defendants include interfering with the U.S. state boards of election and obtaining unauthorized access to private information belonging to the secretaries of state by "conspir [ing] to hack into [their] computers". He then predicted WikiLeaks would release a tranche of documents related to the Clinton Foundation in October.

The indictment raises questions for President Trump's long-time confidante Roger Stone, who on Friday acknowledged communicating over Twitter messages with a user called Guccifer 2.0 - identified on the indictment as a Russian agent. For months, Mueller has been seeking to interview the President.

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"All I can do is say, 'Did you?'" Trump said last week at a news conference in Brussels.

Trump said at a news conference Friday near London with British Prime Minister Theresa May that he wasn't going into the meeting with Putin with "high expectations". Time for Mueller to end this pursuit of the President and say President Trump is completely innocent. "Why didn't they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in September, before the Election?"

Caputo said in the interview that he does not believe there is any proof of collusion. "We don't want to expose him to perjury [accusations]". "Our response must not depend on who was victimized". It contains no allegations that United States citizens committed a crime, he said.

Hours before the Justice Department announcement, Trump complained anew that the special counsel's investigation is complicating his efforts to forge a better working relationship with Russian Federation.

While the Russians accused of attacking Clinton's campaign also used traditional currencies, the indictment said they had "principally used Bitcoin when purchasing servers, registering domains and otherwise making payments in furtherance of hacking activity". Five people, including three former Trump aides, have pleaded guilty.

"If they can do that in a way they can prove beyond reasonable doubt, it opens up all the connections that a conspiracy might have: the facilitators, the aiders and abettors", he said, adding that the indictment could be used as a springboard to bring other conspiracy charges later.

But the 29-page document describes several incidents in which the alleged Russian hackers, using the internet personas DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, were in contact with Americans. That matches the date that a WikiLeaks began publishing internal DNC documents.

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