12 Russians indicted in Mueller probe

US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein announces in Washington the indictments against 12 Russian agents. (AFP)

Washington: Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, on Friday announced new charges against 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The announcement came just a few days before President Trump is expected to meet with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in Helsinki, Finland.

The 11-count indictment includes charges of conspiracy by the Russian intelligence officials against the US, money laundering and attempts to break into state boards of elections and other government agencies. The indictment is part of the special counsel's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Russia has denied that its government had any role in the hacking that preceded the presidential election. Rosenstein discussed the charges during a news conference at the justice department in Washington as Trump met Queen Elizabeth in Britain, creating a bizarre split screen on cable news of presidential pomp and an ongoing investigation.



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