By Lexy  |  07-15-2018   News
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Democrats have been shouting for over a year that Russia hacked our internet servers and interfered in our election.

On Friday, the Grand Jury Indicted 12 Russian Intelligence Officers for Hacking Offenses Related to the 2016 Election.

The Release reads as follows:

The Department of Justice today announced that a grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment presented by the Special Counsel’s Office. The indictment charges twelve Russian nationals for committing federal crimes that were intended to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. All twelve defendants are members of the GRU, a Russian Federation intelligence agency within the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian military. These GRU officers, in their official capacities, engaged in a sustained effort to hack into the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee, and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, and released that information on the internet under the names "DCLeaks" and "Guccifer 2.0" and through another entity.

“The Internet allows foreign adversaries to attack America in new and unexpected ways,” said Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. “Together with our law enforcement partners, the Department of Justice is resolute in its commitment to locate, identify and seek to bring to justice anyone who interferes with American elections. Free and fair elections are hard-fought and contentious, and there will always be adversaries who work to exacerbate domestic differences and try to confuse, divide, and conquer us. So long as we are united in our commitment to the shared values enshrined in the Constitution, they will not succeed.”

According to the allegations in the indictment, Viktor Borisovich Netyksho, Boris Alekseyevich Antonov, Dmitriy Sergeyevich Badin, Ivan Sergeyevich Yermakov, Aleksey Viktorovich Lukashev, Sergey Aleksandrovich Morgachev, Nikolay Yuryevich Kozachek, Pavel Vyacheslavovich Yershov, Artem Andreyevich Malyshev, Aleksandr Vladimirovich Osadchuk, Aleksey Aleksandrovich Potemkin, and Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev were officials in Unit 26165 and Unit 74455 of the Russian government’s Main Intelligence Directorate.

In 2016, officials in Unit 26165 began spearphishing volunteers and employees of the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, including the campaign’s chairman. Through that process, officials in this unit were able to steal the usernames and passwords for numerous individuals and use those credentials to steal email content and hack into other computers. They also were able to hack into the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) through these spearphishing techniques to steal emails and documents, covertly monitor the computer activity of dozens of employees, and implant hundreds of files of malicious computer code to steal passwords and maintain access to these networks.

The officials in Unit 26165 coordinated with officials in Unit 74455 to plan the release of the stolen documents to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. Defendants registered the domain DCLeaks.com and later staged the release of thousands of stolen emails and documents through that website. On the website, defendants claimed to be “American hacktivists” and used Facebook accounts with fictitious names and Twitter accounts to promote the website. After public accusations that the Russian government was behind the hacking of DNC and DCCC computers, defendants created the fictitious persona Guccifer 2.0. On the evening of June 15, 2016 between 4:19PM and 4:56PM, defendants used their Moscow-based server to search for a series of English words and phrases that later appeared in Guccifer 2.0’s first blog post falsely claiming to be a lone Romanian hacker responsible for the hacks in the hopes of undermining the allegations of Russian involvement.

Members of Unit 74455 also conspired to hack into the computers of state boards of elections, secretaries of state, and US companies that supplied software and other technology related to the administration of elections to steal voter data stored on those computers.

To avoid detection, defendants used false identities while using a network of computers located around the world, including the United States, paid for with cryptocurrency through mining bitcoin and other means intended to obscure the origin of the funds. This funding structure supported their efforts to buy key accounts, servers, and domains. For example, the same bitcoin mining operation that funded the registration payment for DCLeaks.com also funded the servers and domains used in the spearphishing campaign.

The indictment includes 11 criminal counts:

Count One alleges a criminal conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States through cyber operations by the GRU that involved the staged release of stolen documents to interfere with the 2016 presidential election;

Counts Two through Nine charges aggravated identity theft for using identification belonging to eight victims to further their computer fraud scheme;

Count Ten alleges a conspiracy to launder money in which the defendants laundered the equivalent of more than $95,000 by transferring the money that they used to purchase servers and to fund other costs related to their hacking activities through cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin; and

Count Eleven charges conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States by attempting to hack into the computers of state boards of elections, secretaries of state, and US companies that supplied software and other technology related to the administration of elections.

There is no allegation in the indictment that any American was a knowing participant in the alleged unlawful activity or knew they were communicating with Russian intelligence officers. There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the vote count or changed the outcome of the 2016 election.

Everyone charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court. At trial, prosecutors must introduce credible evidence that is sufficient to prove each defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, to the unanimous satisfaction of a jury of twelve citizens.

This case was investigated with the help of the FBI’s cyber teams in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and San Francisco and the National Security Division. The Special Counsel's investigation is ongoing. There will be no comments from the Special Counsel at this time.

It is important to note that, a) There is no allegation in the indictment that any American was a knowing participant in the alleged unlawful activity or knew they were communicating with Russian intelligence officers. b) There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the vote count or changed the outcome of the 2016 election.

c) The outlining of the Terms (everyone charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court. At trial, prosecutors must introduce credible evidence that is sufficient to prove each defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, to the unanimous satisfaction of a jury of twelve citizens,) only applies to American citizens. Russia has their own set of rules for their country. Russia does not have to comply with these indictments. Can the US sanction them? Yes, but to what degree? I’ll dive into this later.

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In an exclusive interview with NBC's Megyn Kelly, Putin denied the charge by U.S. intelligence services that he ordered meddling in the November 2016 elections.

“Why have you decided the Russian authorities, myself included, gave anybody permission to do this?" asked Putin.

{Video} Confronting Putin Part 1

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Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.

"So what if they're Russians?" Putin said of the people named in last month's indictment. "There are 146 million Russians. So what? … I don't care. I couldn't care less. … They do not represent the interests of the Russian state."

Putin even suggested that Jews or possible Americans had been involved.

"Maybe they're not even Russians," he said. "Maybe they're Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, just with Russian citizenship. Even that needs to be checked. Maybe they have dual citizenship. Or maybe a green card. Maybe it was the Americans who paid them for this work. How do you know? I don't know."

Asked whether he was concerned about Russian citizens attacking U.S. democracy, Putin replied that he had yet to see any evidence that the alleged interference had broken Russian law.

"Are we the ones who imposed sanctions on the United States? The U.S. imposed sanctions on us."

“We in Russia cannot prosecute anyone as long as they have not violated Russian law," he said. "At least send us a piece of paper. … Give us a document. Give us an official request. And we'll take a look at it."

U.S. intelligence agencies and many Western analysts have said that Russian interference came at the orders of the Kremlin. Putin dismissed this.

"Could anyone really believe that Russia, thousands of miles away … influenced the outcome of the election? Doesn't that sound ridiculous even to you?" he said. "It's not our goal to interfere. We do not see what goal we would accomplish by interfering. There's no goal."

{Video} Confronting Putin Part 2

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John Brennan, a former CIA director, and now an NBC News analyst, say Moscow's goal was clear.

"To weaken the United States government," Brennan said in a separate interview, summarizing his opinion of the Kremlin's aims. This, he added, was so "the U.S. government is not going to be able to deal with international issues and confronting Russian aggression as assertively as it needs to."

Trump has called Putin "a strong leader" who has "done a very brilliant job in terms of what he represents and who he's representing."

Trump has also hinted that he gives Putin the benefit of the doubt when he denies that Moscow interfered.

"[Putin] said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did," Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to Hanoi following a meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Danang in November.

Putin called the U.S. president "a businessman with vast experience" and "a quick study" despite being new to politics.

{Video} Confronting Putin Part 3

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"He understands that if it is necessary to establish a cooperative relationship with someone, then you have to treat your current or potential partner with respect," Putin said. "Engaging in mutual accusations and insults, this is a road to nowhere."

Putin said he doesn't read Trump's tweets and doesn't tweet himself.

Asked why not, he said: "I have other ways of expressing my point of view or implementing a decision. Donald is a more modern individual."

Putin is facing little opposition in the presidential election whose first round is on March 18.

"Well, we will see. It's up to the Russian voters," he said.

{Video} Confronting Putin Part 4

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Regarding the future of Russia-U.S. relations, he says Russia is the victim.

"We are not the ones who labeled you our enemies. You made a decision, at the level of parliament, at the level of Congress and put Russia on your list of enemies," he said. "Why did you do that? Are we the ones who imposed sanctions on the United States? The U.S. imposed sanctions on us."

Putin said that he would be willing to repair relations with Washington.

"Listen, let's sit down calmly, talk and figure things out," he said. "I believe that the current president wants to do that, but there are forces that won't let him do it."

{Video} Confronting Putin Part 5

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After listening to the interview, you have to ask yourself these questions.

What would Putin gain by interfering in the elections and why do we admittedly interfere in theirs?

If we vote with our own set of morals and ideology, how are a bunch of negative ads going to sway our vote? Are we that shallow as a whole? I know that no ad will ever determine my vote.

It’s a fact that Obama knew about interference before his departure. He used the “red phone” and told Putin to “cut it out.” With that knowledge, why was it that the Liberal Stream Media, Hillary’s campaign committee, the Hollywood Elite and Obama himself so positive Hillary would win? Didn’t the interference cause any concern? Obama went on Jimmy Kimmel and in response to a tweet by Trump “President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States,” he said, “Well, @realDonaldTrump, at least I will go down as a president, and a phone drop.” This was at the end of October, and so was the red phone incident. There appears to be no concern at all that Hillary may lose.

Putin brought up the Kennedy Assassination and the uncertainty of the government’s involvement. He also mentioned there is no way for him to know if the US didn’t have something to do with the cyber attacks. Mueller investigated the Anthrax attacks for ten years and wrongfully accused someone of the crime, for five of those years. Then he moved on to another victim and didn’t try him until he committed suicide from all the harassment and cruelty he went through. He was then found guilty. Mueller never went after terrorist, which was the path to take. He went after Americans. Why, because he wanted a win. This was the most significant case of his career. Just like Russia, indictments will not bring convictions. Mueller botched that case and spent ten years and countless taxpayer dollars to do it. He has been given another chance. He wants a win. Russia indictments will not suffice. He is doing everything in his power to pin this on our President. I put nothing past him. He did hire Peter Strzok, and we know he was jaded.

Obama canceled his summit with Putin. His reasoning was because Putin had granted Asylum to Snowden.

{Video} Obama Cancels Summit After Putin Grants Snowden Asylum

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Obama spent eight years doing everything in his power to make the US a third world country. He even orchestrated it so the Government could spy on the American people. Snowden was a whistleblower. This wasn’t something Obama ever planned for. He had to do damage control, and people were now on high alert. There are those who say Snowden committed treason and Obama had every right to want him extradited to the US to be tried.

Here is my issue with the Snowden ordeal. Obama put Chelsea Manning in prison for treason. Chelsea became a “Plan B” for Obama when he asked to have hormone treatment in prison. Obama was hell-bent on including those cost to the taxpayers. This would give him an edge with the “LGBT community. If this sounds far-fetched, Chelsea was pardoned by Obama before his exit from the White House. He would need Chelsea to rally the LGBT community for Hillary. After all, she had to keep his plan alive.

{Video} Putin- Russia’s Only Choice is to Allow Snowden to Live Here

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Before the Snowden debacle, Obama was touring every country and embarrassing the US by apologizing for us. He also destroyed many nuclear weapons while other countries were increasing theirs. He cut military budgets, was behind every “false flag” to gain control of the majority of the guns in America. He forced Obamacare on us which would decrease the average income per household and he bifurcated Americans setting us back decades. Obama was weakening our defenses. He was weakening us as a country. There is no doubt he would have colluded with Russia, given the chance.

{Video} Obama Open Mic Slip- After My Election, I have More Flexibility

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Obama laughed at Mitt Romney when he called Russia our number one enemy back in 2012. Why wouldn’t he consider Russia a threat? Did he, and was he playing it off so we wouldn’t?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">FLASHBACK: Former President Obama laughed at Mitt Romney when he called Russia our number one enemy back in 2012 <a href="https://t.co/BRYrmchkPg">pic.twitter.com/BRYrmchkPg</a></p>&mdash; FOX &amp; friends (@foxandfriends) <a href="https://twitter.com/foxandfriends/status/1018458908770340865?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 15, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Trump - “Obama did NOTHING to stop the collusion!! Also, why did Obama “tap” my phones & spy on my campaign?!” Obama was listening to everything going on. This is why he wasn’t concerned about Russia and Trump. He already knew they weren’t talking.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Why are Democrats and the Fake News Media blaming me for colluding with Russia if the 2016 election took place during OBAMA’s presidency?! Obama did NOTHING to stop the collusion!! Also, why did Obama “tap” my phones &amp; spy on my campaign?! The worst Witch Hunts in history!! BAD!!</p>&mdash; DonaId J. Trump (@realDenaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDenaldTrump/status/1018150589098754053?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 14, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

“He was to busy campaigning for Crooked Hillary running around encouraging illegals to vote.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Obama didn’t do anything about Russia even after he was informed by FBI BECAUSE<br><br>1. He promised them more flexibility!<br><br>AND<br><br>2. He was to busy campaigning for Crooked Hillary running around encouraging illegals to vote. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WitchHunt?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WitchHunt</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Helsinki?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Helsinki</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Putin?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Putin</a><a href="https://t.co/Hz4SkzUcUr">pic.twitter.com/Hz4SkzUcUr</a></p>&mdash; USA NEWS (@USANEWS007) <a href="https://twitter.com/USANEWS007/status/1018194899831623680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 14, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

“It’s An Ongoing Cover Up, If Hillary Would Have Won, There’d Be No Russia Collusion Investigation. We Wouldn’t know About Strzok’s Text Messages…”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It’s An On Going Cover Up, If Hillary Would Have Won, There’d Be No Russia Collusion Investigation. We Wouldn’t know About Strzok’s Text Messages, And His Plan To Keep Trump Out Of The WH<br><br>Comey &amp;McCabe Wouldn’t Have Been Fired For Their Corruption In The FBI<br><br>Obama Had To Know <a href="https://t.co/QcICN88urG">pic.twitter.com/QcICN88urG</a></p>&mdash; John~Kiss My Smelly Bot (@John_KissMyBot) <a href="https://twitter.com/John_KissMyBot/status/1017981600276115457?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 14, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

I will never believe the Democrats had nothing to do with the so-called “collusion”. I believe they created it and are now trying to set up Trump for impeachment. Trump had no reason to work with Putin. How would he ever know that sending mass amounts of negative ads regarding Hillary would work? Well, it didn’t. Hillary lost this one all on her own. She is pure evil, and it finally caught up with her.

Related Resources:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/putin-u-s-election-interference-i-couldn-t-care-less-n855151; https://www.cnn.com/2016/10/25/politics/obama-mean-tweets-jimmy-kimmel/index.html; https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/what-obama-said-putin-red-phone-about-election-hack-n697116

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Jo No. 31357 1531693769

Well, hopefully they indicted real Russians this time, and not the fake ones like they did the first time. Sorry, I’m still not sold on the Russian interference narrative. Obama and the Democrats interfered in our 2016 Election, worse than any foreign national ever could.

BamaCowboy No. 31359 1531693797

This one needs to go viral!! Great job, Lexy!

Carolina Country No. 31362 1531695158

The Russians are bad but the LibNuts are worse. Full of LIES! Great article!

DA No. 31363 1531695218

Does the fact that they did not wait for these "Russians" to be in a position where they could be charged & arrested bother anyone? Why would they tell these Russians that they are being indicted? Giving them the chance to avoid prosecution?

Bc they only did it to hurt Trump. This whole thing is RIGGED

SAvery No. 31374 1531700776

Great article, Lexy!!! The real interference was within, and there needs to be accountability!

Anonymous No. 31381 1531702724

uranium 1 democraps are friends with the fourth reich and communist asia

SandyLee No. 31516 1531840538

Learning the level of deceit and corruption from Hillary’s campaign, it should realistically force the American voter to never consider voting Democrat again in their lifetime. Donald Trump is a sparkling diamond and they are a full load of 💩.

Rocky Obama No. 31574 1531878988

Another great article Lexy!

Rocky Obama No. 31364 1531880174
Another great article Lexy!
Rocky Obama No. 31365 1531880174
Another great article Lexy!
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