Friday, February 16, 2018

"Russians indicted in 2016 U.S. election meddling investigation"

February 16, 2018 / 12:11 PM / Updated 3 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Russian Internet agency and more than a dozen Russians interfered in the U.S. election campaign from 2014 through 2016 in a multi-pronged effort with the aim of supporting then-businessman Donald Trump and disparaging his rival Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Special Counsel said in an indictment on Friday
The 37-page indictment filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller described a conspiracy to disrupt the U.S. election by people who adopted false online personas to push divisive messages; traveled to the United States to collect intelligence; and staged political rallies while posing as Americans.

Russia’s Internet Research Agency “had a strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” the indictment said.

The indictment broadly echoes the conclusions of a January 2017 U.S. intelligence community assessment, which found that Russia had meddled in the election, and that its goals eventually included aiding Trump, the Republican candidate who went on to win a surprise victory over Democratic Party candidate Clinton in November 2016.

“This indictment serves as a reminder that people are not always who they appear to be on the Internet,” Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, told reporters. “The indictment alleges that the Russian conspirators want to promote discord in the United States and undermine public confidence in democracy. We must not allow them to succeed.”

A Russian lawmaker called the U.S. charges “another anti-Russian push,” RIA reported.
President Trump has been briefed on the indictment announced on Friday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. 


OrbsCorbs said...

Everybody is afraid of contradicting, let alone indicting, a sitting president. Trump is so dirty that I could plant a flower bed on him.

Anonymous said...

Selective moral outrage is such a b1tch, ain’t it corncobs?