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>> Count one,>> Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Friday unveiled an indictment against 12 Russian intelligence officers, alleging they engaged in a sweeping hacking operation to interfere with the 2016 presidential elections.>> The indictment charges 12 Russian military officers by name. 11 of the defendants are charged with conspiring to hack into computers, steal documents and release those documents with the intent to interfere in the election.
>> Warren Strobel is covering this story.>> So Special Counsel Mueller has been investigating Russia in the election for about 14 months now. This is the first time he's issued an indictment that directly involves officers or people working for the Russian government. Many analysts would say that this indictment is further proof that it's not a witch-hunt.
These 12 officers were working for the GRU, which is Russia's main intelligence unit and nothing, or almost nothing, happens in the Russian government without the knowledge of President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.>> Rosenstein said the 12 installed software on computers to spy on unsuspecting users in the US.
>> They used a technique called spear-phishing and allowed the Russian operatives to install malware. They can look at what's being displayed on your screen, look at what you're typing in and capture your passwords and ultimately, extract large amounts of data.>> The targets including Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic party.
>> I briefed President Trump about these allegations earlier this week.>> The indictment coming amid President Trump's visit to Britain, and days before Trump holds a one-on-one summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinski, putting pressure on Trump to raise the cyberattacks with Putin.>> I don't think you'll have any gee, I did it, I did it, you got me.
There won't be a Perry Mason here, I don't think but you never know what happens, right? But I will absolutely, firmly ask the question.>> So the White House issued a statement today pointing out that no Americans were charged with any crimes since the indictment, that there's no evidence in it of collusion.
However, legal analysts that Reuters have talked to say that the indictment leaves the door open potentially against American citizens for this conspiracy.>> Friday's action adds to the 13 other election related indictments against Russian operatives, as well as several former campaign aides, including campaign manager Paul Manafort and former national security advisor Michael Flynn.