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US indicts 12 Russians over interference in 2016 presidential polls



US indicts 12 Russians over interference in 2016 presidential polls

The ongoing probe of special counsel Robert Mueller into Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential vote is yielding more results with the indictment of no less than 12 Russians.

Reports say 12 Russian military intelligence officers have been indicted for alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential elections, won by Republican Donald Trump.

The accused were part of “active cyber operations to interfere in the 2016 presidential elections”, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told a press conference on Friday.

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The indictment revealed that the 12 individuals hacked into computer systems of 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party, stole information and then made the obtained documents public while working for the Russian GRU military intelligence service.

“One unit engaged by stealing information, a different unit by disseminating the information,” Rosenstein said.

Reacting to the indictment, the Russian foreign ministry said there was no evidence the 12 individuals were connected to the GRU or other parts of the military intelligence.

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