Mueller charges 13 Russians with 2016 election 'information warfare'
A new indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller charges that 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities illegally mounted an "information warfare" scheme to influence the 2016 presidential election that favored then-candidate Donald Trump and involved "unwitting" U.S. citizens and Trump campaign officials.
The dramatic indictment reveals even bolder Russian interference than previously known — led by the Saint Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, a notorious online misinformation operation with suspected Kremlin ties — that went beyond the previously understood use of "fake news" and social media misdirection.
It charges that as early as 2014, Russian nationals entered the U.S., and, without revealing their true identities, staged political rallies and even paid Americans to assist their alleged political sabotage. The Russians allegedly paid one American in Florida to dress up as Hillary Clinton in a prison uniform and another to build a cage to "imprison" the Clinton impersonator at a political rally. They also created a slew of false online accounts and Twitter hashtags meant to divide and incite American voters.
The indictment concludes that the Internet Research Agency "had a strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system." While it notes that the operation undermined multiple presidential candidates, including Trump GOP rivals Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, the document says that the shadowy Russian agency's operations "included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump ... and disparaging Hillary Clinton."
No Trump campaign officials or associates are named in the indictment, which does not address the Russian hacking and theft of Democratic emails during the 2016 campaign nor the many previously known contacts between Trump associates and Russians.( You could say they got.. MulleredCollapse )politk oh son