The indictment documents a broad social-media and propaganda campaign operating out of Russian Federation and involving hundreds of people starting in 2014 that "had a strategic goal to sow discord in the USA political system".
According to the unsealed indictment the accused conspired - from 2014 until yesterday - to interfere "with the USA political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016".
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Rosenstein confirmed that the recently filed indictment does not allege that any Americans knowingly participated in the activities mentioned.
The federal indictment, which dropped yesterday, charged 13 Russian nationals with illegally meddling with the American political process through a scheme that started two years before the election. It dealt directly with many Americans, but those Americans didn't know who they were dealing with, according to the Justice Department. Three of the accused have been named for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and five for aggravated identity theft.
On Friday U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities with an illegal "information warfare" scheme to disrupt the 2016 presidential election and assist the candidacy of President Donald Trump.
It has not. Rosenstein, at his news conference, said nothing about future indictments.
Most people have long believed that as fact - largely because the United States intelligence community has unanimously agreed on that fact for much of the past year.
According to the allegations in the indictment, twelve of the individual defendants worked at various times for Internet Research Agency LLC, a Russian company based in St. Petersburg, Russia. All cooperation, including some cooperation from Trump campaign officials, was "unwitting", according to the indictment. They came from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.
I suppose the fact that Trump's advisers, at the very least, are acknowledging reality is a good thing. "The indictment alleges that the Russian conspirators want to promote discord in the United States and undermine public confidence in democracy".
"Thirteen against the billion-dollar budgets of the security services?"