Rus­sians charged with hack­ing into emails dur­ing elec­tion cam­paign

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By AN­GUS HOWARTH

Twelve Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers were in­dicted on charges they hacked into Demo­cratic email ac­counts dur­ing the 2016 US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and re­leased stolen in­for­ma­tion in the months be­fore Amer­i­cans headed to the polls, the Jus­tice Depart­ment said yes­ter­day.

The in­dict­ment – which comes days be­fore Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump holds a sum­mit with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin – was the clear­est al­le­ga­tion yet of Rus­sian ef­forts to med­dle in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics. US in­tel­li­gence agen­cies have said the in­ter­fer­ence was aimed at help­ing the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign of Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump and harm­ing the elec­tion bid of his Demo­cratic op­po­nent, Hil­lary Clin­ton.

The in­dict­ment lays out a sweep­ing and co­or­di­nated ef­fort to break into key Demo­cratic email ac­counts, in­clud­ing those be­long­ing to the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee, the Clin­ton cam­paign and the Demo­cratic Con­gres­sional Cam­paign Com­mit­tee.

The charges come as spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller in­ves­ti­gates po­ten­tial co­or­di­na­tion be­tween Rus­sia and the Trump cam­paign to in­flu­ence the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

The in­dict­ment does not al­lege that Trump cam­paign as­so­ci­ates were in­volved in the hack­ing ef­forts or that any Amer­i­can was know­ingly in con­tact with Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers.

Hil­lary Clin­ton lost her bid for the pres­i­dency

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