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Published: Fri, November 03, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Justice Department Finds Evidence to Charge Russians With DNC Hack

Justice Department Finds Evidence to Charge Russians With DNC Hack

The Wall Steet Journal reported, "The Justice Department has identified more than six members of the Russian government involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee's computers and swiping sensitive information that became public during the 2016 presidential election, according to people familiar with the investigation". Prosecutors from Washington, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Philadelphia are working on the case.

Thousands of stolen DNC emails, including those from Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta, appeared on WikiLeaks during the final stretch of the campaign.

Prosecutors may file charges next year, according to the report, but the individuals likely won't be indicted in the United States.

Investigators in the House, Senate and Department of Justice, including a team led by DOJ-appointed special counsel Robert Mueller, are now investigating Russia's involvement in the 2016 USA race.

US intelligence officials stated earlier this year that Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized state-sponsored operatives to interfere in the 2016 White House race in order to disrupt the election and damage the campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The US Department of Justice reportedly doesn't think so. The US strategy of naming suspects in high-profile hacking cases is more an act of diplomatic pressure.

Putin has denied interfering in the USA presidential election, despite the continuing evidence from US intelligence agencies. The Russian Embassy didn't respond to a request for comment. In a series of tweets this past June, the president called the idea that Russian Federation hacked the DNC a "big Dem HOAX".

The U.S. does not have a formal extradition agreement with Russian Federation, meaning Moscow wouldn't have to surrender any hacking suspects if and when charges are brought. This would allow the government to charge campaign officials or even the President with the same crimes that these individuals committed, regardless of their exact role in the conspiracy. Russia's military-intelligence agency, the GRU, "probably began cyber operations aimed at the USA election by March 2016" and swiped "large volumes of data" by May, according to the assessment. None of those individuals have actually been brought to trial by the United States, but the charges remain pending at this time and could proceed to trial in the admittedly unlikely event that any of them were actually apprehended, The same would be true of these potential charges against Russian officials.

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