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Posted by: thepinetree on 02/16/2018 11:18 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 02/16/2018 11:18 AM
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13 Russian Nationals Indicted on Various Charges for Related to Election Meddling

Washington, DC...Today the DOJ announced that 13 Russian nationals have been indicted for efforts to sow discord in the American election process and in what the defendants called information warfare. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein's statement is below and full text is enclosed...





PLEASE STAND BY. PLEASE STAND BY. PLEASE STAND BY.

>> THIS IS YOUR TWO- MINUTE WARNING. YOU WILL BE HEARING FROM DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROD ROSENSTEIN/ T WO-MINUTE WARNING.

MR. ROSENSTEIN: GOOD AFTERNOON. AN INDICTMENT TODAY WAS RETURNED TO BUY THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S OFFICE, CHARGING 13 RUSSIAN NATIONALS AND THREE RUSSIAN COMPANIES FOR COMMITTING FEDERAL CRIMES WHILE SEEKING TO INTERFERE IN THE UNITED STATES POLITICAL SYSTEM, INCLUDING THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. THE DEFENDANTS ALLEGEDLY CONDUCTED WHAT THEY CALLED INFORMATION WARFARE AGAINST THE UNITED STATES WITH THE STATED GOAL OF SPREADING DISTRUST TOWARD THE CANDIDATES AND THE POLITICAL SYSTEM IN GENERAL. ACCORDING TO THE ALLEGATIONS IN THE INDICTMENT, 12 OF THE INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS WORKED AT VARIOUS TIMES FOR A COMPANY CALLED INTERNET RESEARCH AGENCY LLC, A RUSSIAN-BASED COMPANY IN ST. PETERSBURG.

OTHERS TARGETING FOREIGN AUDIENCES IN MULTIPLE COUNTRIES. INTERNET RESEARCH AGENCY ALLEGEDLY -- ALLEGEDLY OPERATED THROUGH RUSSIAN SHELL COMPANIES, EMPLOYED HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE AND ONLINE OPERATIONS, RANGING FROM CREATORS OF FICTITIOUS PERSONAS TO TECHNICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT PERSONNEL WITH AN ANNUAL BUDGET OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. INTERNET RESEARCH AGENCY WITH A STRUCTURE ORGANIZATION ARRANGED INTO DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING GRAPHICS, SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, AND FINANCE DEPARTMENTS.

IN 2014, THE COMPANY ESTABLISHED A TRANSMITTER PROJECT FOCUSED ON THE UNITED STATES. IN JULY OF 2016, MORE THAN 80 EMPLOYEES WERE ASSIGNED TO THE TRANSLATOR PROJECT. TWO OF THE DEFENDANTS ALLEGEDLY TRAVELED TO THE UNITED STATES IN 2014 TO COLLECT INTELLIGENCE FOR THEIR AMERICAN INFLUENCE OPERATIONS. IN ORDER TO HIDE THE RUSSIAN ORIGINS OF THEIR ACTIVITIES, THE DEFENDANTS ALLEGEDLY ARE JUST AND COMPUTER SERVERS LOCATED HERE IN THE UNITED STATES TO SET UP A VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK. THE DEFENDANTS ALLEGEDLY USED OF THAT INFRASTRUCTURE TO ESTABLISH HUNDREDS OF ACCOUNTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS SUCH AS FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, AND TWITTER, MAKING IT APPEAR THAT THOSE ACCOUNTS WERE CONTROLLED BY PERSONS LOCATED IN THE UNITED STATES.

THEY USED STOLEN OR FICTITIOUS AMERICAN IDENTITIES, FRAUDULENT BANK ACCOUNTS, AND FALSE IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS. THEY POSED AS POLITICALLY AND SOCIALLY ACTIVE AMERICANS, ADVOCATING FOR AND AGAINST PARTICULAR CANDIDATES. THEY ESTABLISHED SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES AND GROUPS TO COMMUNICATE WITH UNWITTING AMERICANS. THEY ALSO PURCHASED POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS. THE RUSSIANS ALSO RECRUITED AND PAID REAL AMERICANS TO ENGAGE IN POLITICAL ACTIVITIES, PROMOTE POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS, AND STAGE POLITICAL RALLIES. THE DEFENDANTS AND CO-CONSPIRATORS PRETENDED TO BE GRASSROOTS ACTIVISTS. THE AMERICANS DID NOT KNOW THEY WERE COMMUNICATING WITH RUSSIANS, ACCORDING TO THE INDICTMENT.

AFTER THE ELECTION, THE DEFENDANTS ALLEGEDLY STAGED RALLIES TO SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY STAGING RALLIES TO PROTEST HIS ELECTION. FOR EXAMPLE, THE DEFENDANTS ORGANIZED ONE RALLY TO SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT-ELECT AND ANOTHER RALLY TO OPPOSE HIM, BOTH IN NEW YORK ON THE SAME DAY. ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2017, SOON AFTER THE NEWS MEDIA REPORTED THAT THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S OFFICE WAS INVESTIGATING EVIDENCE THAT RUSSIAN OPERATIVES USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO INTERFERE WITH THE 2016 ELECTION, ONE DEFENDANT ALLEGEDLY WROTE, "WE HAD A SLIGHT CRISIS HERE AT WORK. THE FBI BUSTED OUR ACTIVITY, SO I GOT PREOCCUPIED WITH COVERING TRACKS TOGETHER WITH MY COLLEAGUES."

THE INDICTMENT INCLUDES EIGHT CRIMINAL COUNTS. COUNT ONE ALLEGES A CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY TO FRAUD THE UNITED STATES, ALL OF THE DEFENDANTS. THEY ALLEGEDLY CONSPIRED TO DEFRAUD AMERICA BY IMPAIRING THE LAWFUL FUNCTIONS OF THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION, THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE. THOSE ORGANIZATIONS OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ADMINISTERING FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR DISCLOSURE OF FOREIGN INVOLVEMENT IN CERTAIN DOMESTIC ACTIVITIES. COUNT TWO CHARGES CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT WIRE FRAUD AND BANK FRAUD BY INTERNET RESEARCH AGENCY AND TWO OF THE INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS. THREE THROUGH EIGHT CHARGE AGGRAVATED IDENTITY THEFT BY INTERNET RESEARCH AGENCY AND FOUR OF THE DEFENDANTS.

THERE IS NO ALLEGATION IN THIS INDICTMENT THAT ANY AMERICAN WAS A KNOWING PARTICIPANT IN THIS ILLEGAL ACTIVITY. THERE IS NO ALLEGATION IN THE INDICTMENT THAT THE CHARGE ALTERED THE OUTCOME OF THE 2016 ELECTION. I WANT TO CAUTION YOU THAT EVERYONE CHARGED WITH A CRIME IS PRESUMED INNOCENT UNLESS AND UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN COURT. A TRIAL, PROSECUTORS WAS INTRODUCED GRETEL EVIDENCE SUFFICIENT TO PROVE EACH DEFENDANT GUILTY BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT TO A UNANIMOUS JURY. THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S INVESTIGATION WAS ONGOING. THERE WILL BE NO COMMENTS FROM THE SPECIAL COUNSEL AT THIS TIME. THIS INDICTMENT SERVES AS A REMINDER THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT ALWAYS WHO THEY APPEAR TO BE. THE INDICTMENT ALLEGES THAT THE RUSSIAN CONSPIRATORS WANT TO PROMOTE DISCORD IN THE UNITED STATES AND UNDERMINE PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN DEMOCRACY. WE MUST NOT ALLOW THEM TO HIS EXCEED. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK COOPERATIVELY WITH OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AND INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES AND WITH THE CONGRESS TO DEFEND OUR NATION AGAINST SIMILAR CURRENT AND FUTURE EFFORTS. I WANT TO THINK THE FEDERAL AGENTS AND PROSECUTORS WHO ARE WORKING ON THIS CASE FOR THEIR EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE. I WILL BE HAPPY TO TAKE A FEW QUESTIONS.

>> [INAUDIBLE]

MR. ROSENSTEIN: I HAVE IDENTIFIED THE ALLEGATIONS IN THE INDICTMENT. THERE IS NO ALLEGATION OF ANY EFFECT ON THE OUTCOME OF THE ELECTION.

>> ON PAGE FOUR, PARAGRAPH SIX, A TALKS ABOUT THE TRUNK AND PAIN, SAYING DEFENDANTS COMMUNICATED WITH UNWITTING INDIVIDUALS ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. LATER IN THE INDICTMENT, CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS A REFERENCED, NOT BY THEIR NAME. WERE CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS COOPERATING OR WERE THEY DUPED? WHAT WAS THE RELATIONSHIP?

MR. ROSENSTEIN: THERE IS NO ALLEGATION IN THIS INDICTMENT THAT ANY AMERICAN HAD ANY KNOWLEDGE. THE NATURE OF THE SCHEME WAS THE DEFENDANTS TOOK EXTRAORDINARY STEPS TO MAKE IT APPEAR THAT THEY WERE ORDINARY AMERICAN POLITICAL ACTIVISTS, EVEN SO FAR AS TO BASE THEIR ACTIVITIES ON A VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. THEY APPEAR TO BE AMERICANS.

>> DID YOU HAVE ANY ASSURANCES FROM THE RUSSIANS THAT THEY WILL PROVIDE HIS INDIVIDUALS FOR THE PROSECUTION?

MR. ROSENSTEIN: NO COMMUNICATIONS WITH RUSSIANS ABOUT THIS AT WE WILL FOLLOW THE ORDINARY PROCESS OF SEEKING COOPERATION AND EXTRADITION. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.


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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Posted on: 2018-02-16 12:11:19   By: Anonymous
 
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! LYING, CHEATING, CROOKED HILLARY!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


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    Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
    Posted on: 2018-02-16 13:12:59   By: Anonymous
     
    Mueller's investigation just went Phffffftttt...along with Democrat dreams of indicting President Trump.

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said there is no allegation in the indictment that Americans were involved in the Russians' efforts, which included using social media accounts to pose as American citizens.

    The 37-page indictment was signed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has been investigating Russian meddling in the election and potential coordination with the Trump campaign.

    Responding to the indictments, RNC spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany said the information released by Rosenstein "unravels" the narrative pushed by the left since President Trump's victory.

    "Today marks the day the Democrats' Russia collusion conspiracy theory unraveled," McEnany said on "Outnumbered Overtime."

    She said the Russians were also organizing for Bernie Sanders and turned their activities against Trump after the election.

    "This is astonishing. ... Democrats deceived this country and they were caught today."

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      Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
      Posted on: 2018-02-16 13:13:50   By: Anonymous
       
      Now it is time for the investigation into the Crimes of Hillary and Obama to move forward.

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        Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
        Posted on: 2018-02-16 13:17:57   By: Anonymous
         
        The Republican FISA surveillance memo reveals the biggest case of abuse of power in U.S. history.

        The memo contains a number of allegations, including that the FBI and Justice Department relied on the infamous anti-Trump dossier to secure FISA surveillance warrants to spy on at least one member of the Trump team.

        The memo proves that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation was based on lies and "needs to be shut down immediately."
        The FBI allegedly used the unverified dossier to "mislead and purposefully deceive" a federal court, in order to hurt Trump's presidential campaign and help Clinton's.
        That type of abuse of power, that type of corruption, that shredding of the Constitution, it is unprecedented in American history.

        Mueller's investigation has been a witch hunt from the beginning, and it was built on a house of cards that is now crashing down.

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      Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
      Posted on: 2018-02-16 13:43:33   By: Anonymous
       
      then why are so many Trump campaign and cabinet people pleading guilty and turning over on him. This far from over!! Wishful thinkin Pardner

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        Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
        Posted on: 2018-02-16 20:03:01   By: Anonymous
         
        'The Democrats Are Helping the Russians Sow Discord'

        Russia targeted the U.S. presidential election with "information warfare" intended to sow discord among Americans, according to an indictment of 13 individuals announced Friday by the Justice Department.

        "The defendants allegedly conducted what they called information warfare against the United States with the stated goal of spreading distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general," said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

        On "The Five" on Friday, Jesse Watters said there's no doubt that Russia's attacks on our democracy were effective, but they may have had some "help" from an unexpected source.

        "I would say the Democrats are helping the Russians sow discord," Watters argued.

        He pointed to the unverified anti-Trump dossier -- which was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee -- and "constant accusations of treason" against Trump from Democratic lawmakers.

        "If you boil it all up, I would say the dossier and these crazy allegations and the billion dollars Hillary spent on advertising and the biased mainstream media propaganda was much more influential than a few hundred Twitter bots and a few silly rallies held in New York City after the election," Watters said.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-02-16 12:12:59   By: Anonymous
 
Getting hotter little Donny!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-02-16 12:20:01   By: Anonymous
     
    What’s he going to do about it? Nothing of course, because he’s in so far above his head it’s pathetic. Total jerk off

    [Reply ]

      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-02-16 12:47:02   By: Anonymous
       
      The Russians were involved so was Hillary !!

      [Reply ]

    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-02-17 06:00:32   By: Anonymous
     
    "Reports are circulating that the Clinton's have transferred 1.8 Billion dollars from the Clinton Foundation to the Qatar Central Bank, via a facilitation/abatement of JP Morgan Chase & Company for reasons not revealed."
    Looks like the Clinton's are going to take a permanent vacation....golly, I wonder why?

    [Reply ]

      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-02-17 08:40:26   By: Anonymous
       
      Thank you for this FUD, Vladimr. And up yours.

      https://www.snopes.com/clinton-moves-billions-to-qatar/

      [Reply ]

If
Posted on: 2018-02-16 21:51:28   By: Anonymous
 
The 13 Russians didn't do the things that they did, they probably wouldn't be in the trouble they are now.

[Reply ]

    Re: If
    Posted on: 2018-02-16 23:36:37   By: Anonymous
     
    ^ True.

    [Reply ]

No Subject
Posted on: 2018-02-16 23:41:44   By: Anonymous
 
Nice tie.

[Reply ]

How much Xanax will it take?
Posted on: 2018-02-17 23:40:45   By: Anonymous
 
His wife's sleeping elsewhere. His former associates have gone over to the other team.

What a life.

[Reply ]

    Re: How much Xanax will it take?
    Posted on: 2018-02-18 08:21:23   By: Anonymous
     
    Impeach this spy

    [Reply ]


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