Russian Nationals Indicted For Meddling In 2016 Presidential Elections

by Noah Mcgee February 18, 2018, 3:08
Russian Nationals Indicted For Meddling In 2016 Presidential Elections

Following the indictment of 13 Russian nationals accused of breaking USA laws by interfering with the 2016 presidential election, Facebook (FB) said it has "more to do" and vowed to better protect its social media platform from outside intrusion.

White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Saturday that the recent indictments of 13 Russian nationals provide "incontrovertible" evidence that the Russian government meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

Lavrov argued that US officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, have said no country influenced the USA election results.

President Donald Trump seized on Rosenstein's comments to declare that the indictments provided evidence that his campaign did not collude with the Kremlin.

An indictment handed down by prosecutors on Mueller's team accused the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA), a troll farm, and 13 individuals associated with the organization of creating hundreds of fake Twitter and Facebook accounts "to develop certain fictitious US personas into "leader [s] of public opinion" in the United States".

Trump also asserted that the indictment proved there was "no collusion" between his campaign and the Russians.

In another Twitter post, Mook said the indictment shows the Russian meddling went beyond cyberwarfare.

That incident was among the vivid details alleged in an indictment released by special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday, which lays out a sophisticated playbook for "information warfare" against the American political system.

In Russia, news of the indictment was met with more scorn.

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Though the Russians are unlikely to be immediately arrested, they are now wanted by the US government, which will make it hard for them to travel or do business internationally.

The group was said to be based in Putin's home town of Saint Petersburg, but some of the accused traveled to the United States for political intelligence gathering.

Clinton also wrote that Sanders' attacks against her caused lasting damage by making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump's "Crooked Hillary" campaign.

But he stressed that United States officials, including Vice-President Mike Pence, had in the past "denied that any country influenced results of the election". After the exchange, the Russian defendants frequently referred to targeting "purple states" in their interference efforts, the indictment alleges.

It also says those named in the indictment had visited the USA posing as American citizens and had begun discussing how to affect the election as early as 2014.

Former Ambassador Sergei Kislyak said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday: "I'm not sure that I can trust American law enforcement to be the most precise and truthful source of information about what Russians do".

As part of the inquiry, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been charged with conspiring to defraud the U.S. in his dealings with Ukraine, and conspiracy to launder money.

Prigozhin said Friday he was not upset by the indictment. But both were immediately hit with questions about the USA indictment and the broader issue of cyberattacks. It also helped stage political rallies - while posing as American political activists, the operatives paid people in the promote or disparage candidates. The person was told "it is imperative to intensify criticizing Hillary Clinton" in future posts. "Defendants and their co-conspirators did not report their expenditures to the Federal Election Commission, or register as foreign agents with the U.S. Department of Justice, '" watchdog Common Cause said in a statement.

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