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DOJ charges 13 Russian nationals with election hacking

February 16, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday indicted 13 Russian nationals in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference of the 2016 Presidential election.

The Justice Department alleges that 13 Russian nationals and three groups broke criminal laws and intended to interfere in “U.S. elections and political processes,” the Department said.

“The indictment charges all of the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the United States, three defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft,” the agency said, ABC reported.

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The indictment says that some defendants “communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign” without revealing their association with Russia. The indictment also says the defendants posted negative information about a number of candidates during the last general election.

“Defendants operations included supporting the Presidential campaign on then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton” his Democratic rival, according to the indictment.